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World Cup Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Spain
 3. Australia
 4. Turkey
 5. Canada
 6. China
 7. France
 8. Serbia
 9. Czech Rep.
 10. Belarus
 11. Brazil
 12. Cuba
 13. S.Korea
 14. Japan
 15. Mozambique.
 16. Angola
World Cup Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 2-1 
 3. Brazil 1-2 
 4. Japan 0-3 
Group B
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. France 2-1 
 3. Canada 1-2 
 4. Mozambique. 0-3 
Group C
 1. Australia 3-0 
 2. Belarus 2-1 
 3. Cuba 1-2 
 4. S.Korea 0-3 
Group D
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. Serbia 2-1 
 3. China 1-2 
 4. Angola 0-3 
Points Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Lyttle, VIN18.2 
 2. Amargo, CUB16.0 
 3. Torrens, ESP15.5 
 4. Moore, USA15.3 
 5. Gruda, FRA14.7 
 6. Leuchanka, BLR14.5 
 7. Snytsina, KAZ14.3 
 8. Dabovic, MNT13.6 
 9. Milovanovic, SRB12.4 
 10. Griner, USA12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  BLR
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Leuchanka, BLR13.0 
 2. Lyttle, VIN11.5 
 3. Cepeda, CUB10.0 
 4. Nicholls, ESP9.2 
 5. Gruda, FRA8.8 
 6. Sanders, USA8.7 
 7. De Souza, BRA8.5 
 8. Charles, USA8.3 
 9. Vesela, TUR7.3 
 10. Dos Santos, BRA7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ineidis CASANOVA
  (165-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Casanova, CUB5.8 
 2. Taylor, AUS4.8 
 3. Leuchanka, BLR4.8 
 4. Taurasi, ITA4.5 
 5. Bartonova, CZE4.5 
 6. Gelis, CUB4.5 
 7. Dumerc, FRA4.4 
 8. Phillips, AUS4.0 
 9. Mitchell, USA3.5 
 10. Pinto, BRA3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  VIN
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lyttle, VIN3.3 
 2. Pinto, BRA2.3 
 3. Dabovic, SRB1.9 
 4. Vesela, TUR1.8 
 5. Bartonova, CZE1.8 
 6. Nicholls, ESP1.8 
 7. Butulija, SRB1.7 
 8. Phillips, AUS1.5 
 9. Cepeda, CUB1.5 
 10. Tchatchouang, FRA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya SANDERS
  USA
  (191-PF-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Sanders, USA2.7 
 2. Griner, USA2.0 
 3. Vesela, TUR1.3 
 4. Canitez, USA1.2 
 5. Gruda, FRA1.2 
 6. Burgrova, CZE1.0 
 7. De Souza, BRA1.0 
 8. Povea, CUB1.0 
 9. Likhtarovich, BLR1.0 
 10. Snytsina, KAZ1.0 

Team USA celebrates title in Istanbul (Photo: FIBA)

Starting five
Sue Bird
Bird
Maya Moore
Moore
Diana Taurasi
Taurasi
Tina Charles
Charles
Brittney Griner
Griner
4 Lindsay Whalen 5'9''-PG-82 Minnesota L. USA
5 Seimone Augustus 6'0''-SF-84 Minnesota L. USA
6 Sue Bird 5'9''-PG-80 Seattle S. USA
7 Maya Moore 6'0''-SG-89 Minnesota L. USA
8 Angel McCoughtry 6'2''-SF-86 Fenerbahce Turkey
9 Odyssey Sims 5'9''-G-92 Tulsa S. USA
10 Breanna Stewart 6'4''-F-94 Connecticut USA
11 Dupree Candice 6'2''-F/C-84 Zhejiang China
12 Diana Taurasi 6'0''-SG-82 Phoenix M. USA
13 Nnemkadi Ogwumike 6'3''-F/C-90 Dynamo K. Russia
14 Tina Charles 6'4''-C-88 Fenerbahce Turkey
15 Brittney Griner 6'8''-C-90 Phoenix M. USA


Geno Auriemma Head Coach Connecticut USA

Doug Bruno Assistant De Paul USA

Cheryl Reeve Assistant Minnesota L. USA

Eurobasket.com All-World Cup Awards 2014 - Oct 9, 2014

Eurobasket.com All-World Cup 1st Team 2014
Maya Moore
Moore
Penny Taylor
Taylor
Alba Torrens
Torrens
Brittney Griner
Griner
Sancho Lyttle
Lyttle

MVP: Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89) of USA
Best Guard: Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89) of USA
Best Forward: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
Best Center: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Spain

1st Team
SG: Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89) of USA
F: Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) of Australia
F: Alba Torrens (188-F-89) of Spain
C: Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) of USA
C: Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) of Australia
SG: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-SG-82) of USA
SG: Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) of Serbia
C: Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) of France
PF: LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86) of Turkey

Honorable Mention
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) of Australia
Tina Charles (193-C-88) of USA
Milica Dabovic (173-PG-82) of Serbia
Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (186-F-84) of Canada



Team USA celebrates title in Istanbul - Oct 5, 2014

FINAL
Spain - USA 64-77
Team USA clinched the World Championship Gold. They defended their title won back in 2010 in Czech Republic. The victory marked the seventh success of the North American team in the last 10 editions of the tournament. Maya Moore (183-SG-89, college: Connecticut) nailed 18 points to pace the winners. Team USA poured in 28 points in the first frame and cleared off to an 11-point distance. They followed with a 20:12 run in the second frame to take a 48:29 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Team USA accounted for a 67:48 lead heading into the fourth frame. Spain outgunned their opponents in the final stanza but could not overcome the deficit. Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) had 12 points, while Griner added 11 points for the champions. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 11 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Turkey - Australia 44-74
Australia stepped onto the pedestal at the World Championship. The Opals outgunned hosting Turkey in the consolation final today. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 21 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Opals. Australia opened the game on a 17:0 to shock the hosts. The visitors secured a 17:4 lead after the opening quarter. The Opals poured in 21 points in the second period to gain a 38:19 halftime advantage. Australia extended the margin at 28-point mark at the final intermission. They never looked back afterwards and cruised to the victory. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Francis had 11 points in the win. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) answered with 13 points for Turkey. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) netted 8 points in the defeat.

5-6 Place
China - Canada 53-61
Canada earned the fifth position at the World Championship. They defeated China in the final game in Istanbul. Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) scored 16 points to pace the North American side. China gained a 15:13 lead after the first frame. But Canada denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 32:26 halftime lead. China cut the distance to five points at the final intermission however Canada limited their opponents to just 12 points in the fourth term and sealed the victory. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) had 15 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Shao Ting (183-F-89) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for China.

7-8 Place
Serbia - France 74-88
France outgunned Serbia to clinch the seventh position at the tournament. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) had 16 points and 13 rebounds to pace Les Bleus. Serbia eked out a 20:19 lead heading into the second frame. But France unloaded 22 points in the next period to jump at 7-point halftime lead. France exploded with 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) and Helena Ciak (197-C-89) had 15 points each for the winners. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) answered with 19 points for Serbia.


USA and Spain enter Final in Istanbul - Oct 4, 2014

SEMIFINALS
USA - Australia 82-70
Team USA reached the World Championship Final. They prevailed against Australia in the tough contest in Turkey tonight. Tina Charles (193-C-88, college: Connecticut) delivered 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead Team USA. They earned a 19:16 lead after the opening quarter. Team USA stretched their lead at 12-point mark at the interval. But the Opals cut the deficit to 9 points heading into the fourth frame. Team USA dropped 21 points in the final quarter to seal the victory. Maya Moore (183-SG-89, college: Connecticut) had 16 points, while Diana Taurasi added 11 points for the winners. Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) answered with 19 points for Australia. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 10 points in the defeat.

Spain - Turkey 66-56
Spain became the first World Championship finalists. They overcame Turkey in the first semifinal clash of the day. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) sank 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead Spain to the victory. Turkey eked out a 20:19 lead after the first frame. But Spain held the hosts to just 7 points in the second quarter and ensured a 28:27 halftime lead. Spain extended the gap at 2-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. They fired 25 points in the final stanza and secured the winning outcome. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed 10 points in the victory. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) and Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) responded with 18 points each for Turkey.
5-8 Place
China - Serbia 85-69
China outgunned Serbia in the classification round battle in Turkey today. China will now take on Canada for the fifth overall position at the tournament. Shao Ting (183-F-89) poured in 24 points to lead the winners. China unleashed 32 points in the first frame to take a 10-point lead. Serbia slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. The Balkan team pulled within 7 points at halftime 36:43. But China went for 42 points in the second half and sealed the winning outcome. Sun Mengran (197-C-92) had 17 points, while Gao Song (188-PF-92) added 14 points in the victory. Milica Dabovic (173-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points for Serbia.

Canada - France 55-40
Canada fired past France in the classification round in Turkey. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) nailed 12 points to pace the North American team to the victory. Canada held France to just 16 points in the first half and opened a 21-point halftime advantage. France narrowed the deficit at 15-point mark before the fourth frame. But Canada limited Les Bleus to just 8 points in the final period and sealed the victory. Shona Thorburn accounted for 9 points for Canada. Diandra Tchatchouang (186-F-91, college: Maryland) responded with 12 points for France. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.


USA, Spain, Turkey and Australia advance into semifinals - Oct 3, 2014

USA - France 94-72
Team USA completed the World Championship semifinal picture. They overcame France in the last quarterfinal clash of the day to stay in the title race. Brittney Griner (203-C-90, college: Baylor) tallied 17 points to pace the winners. Team USA exploded with 29 points in the first frame to gain a 15-point advantage. They extended the lead to 21-point mark at the interval. The North American team stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the final period up by 24 points and never looked back en route to the win. Tina Charles (193-C-88, college: Connecticut) tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) had 13 points in the win. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for France. Emilie Gomis (178-G/F-83) added 11 points in the defeat.

Spain - China 71-55
Spain defeated China to pave their way into the semifinal stage. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) delivered 24 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Spain opened a 20:9 lead after the first frame. They extended the lead to as many as 18 points at the interval 35:17. Spain sank 21 points in the third term to gain a 21-point lead. China just sweetened the pill in the fourth quarter. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Spain. Sun Mengran (197-C-92) and Li Meng (185-F-95) responded with 10 points each for China.

Turkey - Serbia 62-61
Turkey survived a thriller against Serbia to eventually eke out a narrow victory. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) had 14 points and 19 rebounds to pace the hosts. Turkey recorded an 18:13 lead after the first frame. But Serbia responded with a 17:6 rally in the second quarter to ensure a 30:24 halftime lead. Turkey raised the tempo in the third quarter. The hosts erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a one-point lead at the final intermission. Turkey maintained the advantage throughout the fourth term and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) had 12 points, while Birsel Vardarli and Isil Alben (170-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) had 8 points each in the victory. Milica Dabovic (173-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points for Serbia. Nevena Jovanovic (182-SG-90) had 16 points in the loss.

Australia - Canada 63-52
Australia outgunned Canada in the quarterfinal battle in Turkey. Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) stepped up with 16 points to pace the Opals. Australia jumped at 19:17 lead after the first frame. They held Canada to just 7 points in the second quarter and recorded a 36:24 halftime lead. Australia extended the margin at 16-point mark heading into the final frame and protected it wel throughout the final ten minutes. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Leilani Mitchell (165-PG-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) delivered 10 points in the win. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Canada. Katherine Plouffe had 10 points in the loss.


Serbia, China, France and Canada advance into quarterfinal stage - Oct 1, 2014

Serbia - Cuba 86-79
Serbia overcame a slow start to tame Cuba in the World Championship playoffs. Serbia will now take on hosting Turkey in the quarterfinal battle. Ana Dabovic (183-SG-89) stepped up with 21 points to lead Serbia to the victory. Cuba got to a strong start. The Latin American team gained a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. But Serbia responded with a 26:16 rally in the second quarter to secure a 3-point halftime lead. Cuba regained the advantage in the third period as they entered the final quarter up by two points 60:58. But Serbia unleashed 26 points in the fourth frame and got away with the victory. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) provided 17 points and 9 rebounds for Serbia. Marlenis Cepeda (193-C-85) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Cuba.

Belarus - China 67-72
China outgunned Belarus to clinch the place in the quarterfinal stage in Turkey. Belarus dominated throughout three opening quarters but China refused to give up. The Asian powerhouse went on a massive 25:7 rally in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Shao Ting (183-F-89) orchestrated the victory with 23 points. Huang Hongpin (196-C-89) accounted for 9 points and 5 rebounds for China. Likhtarovich responded with 20 points for Belarus. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 16 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists in the loss.

France - Brazil 61-48
France beat Brazil to punch their World Championship quarterfinal ticket. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) was pivotal for Les Bleus with 17 points and 8 rebounds. France held Brazil to just 15 points in the first half opening an 11-point halftime lead. France stretched the gap at 15-point mark at the final intermission. Brazil cut the distance in the fourth frame but could not threaten the gap at the end. Helena Ciak (197-C-89) delivered 8 points for France. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Brazil.

Czech Republic - Canada 71-91
Canada advanced into the quarterfinal stage at the 2014 World Championship. They outgunned Czech Republic in the qualification round game. Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada grabbed a 22:13 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The North American side accumulated a 44:32 halftime advantage. Czech Republic fired 23 points in the third term to narrow the gap at 10-point mark at the final intermission. But Canada unloaded 26 points in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Nirra Fields (175-G-93) delivered 15 points, while Katherine Plouffe (190-F-92, college: Marquette) added 13 points in the victory. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) responded with 17 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova had 13 points in the loss.


Day 3 in Ankara and Istanbul - Sep 30, 2014

Group A
Spain - Czech Republic 67-43
Spain cruised past Czech Republic for the third consecutive victory in Group A. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds to pace Spain. They opened a 34:21 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 12 points in the win. Katerina Bartonova (174-PG-90) responded with 8 points for Czech Republic.

Brazil - Japan 79-56
Brazil defeated Japan to stay in the title race. Brazil occupied the third position in Group A and advanced into the eighth-final stage. Patricia Teixeira (176-G/F-90) scored 27 points to lead the winners. Brazil opened a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. They extended the gap at 15-point mark at the final intermission and never looked back en route to the win. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 12 points and 11 boards for the Latin American team. Yuka Mamiya (185-F-90) responded with 13 points for Japan.

Group B
France - Canada 63-59
France posted the second victory in Group B. They edged Canada to clinch the second position in the standings. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) posted 13 points to lead Les Bleus. Canada earned a 17:15 lead after the opening frame. But France erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 47:43 lead at the final break. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth term as France rolled to the win. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Marielle Amant (190-F/C-89) accounted for 10 points each in the victory. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Massachusetts) responded with 11 points for Canada as they finished third in the group.

Mozambique - Turkey 54-64
Turkey defeated Mozambique to gain the third consecutive victory in Group B. Saziye Ivegin (183-F-82) provided 13 points to pace the hosts. Turkey opened a 36:23 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 17-point mark and never looked back en route to the win. Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88) had 10 points for the winners. Leia Dongue (186-F/C-91) responded with 17 points and 14 boards for Mozambique.

Group C
Australia - Belarus 87-45
Australia fired past Belarus for the third consecutive victory in Group C. Rachel Jarry (185-SF-91) delivered 19 points to lead the Opals. Australia cleared off to a 46:21 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the second half. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) accounted for 12 points in the win. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) responded with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) added 11 points in the loss.

South Korea - Cuba 57-73
Cuba clinched a vital victory in Group C. They upset South Korea to advance into the playoffs. Marlenis Cepeda (193-C-85) notched 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead the winners. Cuba built a 34:28 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 11-point mark before the fourth frame. Cuba limited their opponents to just 11 points in the final stanza to seal a comfortable victory. Suchitel Avila (184-PF-82) had 14 points in the win. Park Ji-Su (188-C-98) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for South Korea.

Group D
USA - Angola 119-44
Team USA clinched the third straight victory at the World Championship. They overcame Angola to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (189-F/C-90, college: Stanford) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Team USA unleashed 61 points in the first half to take a massive 36-point halftime lead. They went on a 31:6 run in the third term to clear off for good. Maya Moore finished with 16 points, while Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) and Brittney Griner (203-C-90, college: Baylor) had 15 points each in the win. Nadir Manuel (185-PF-86) responded with 11 points for Angola.

Serbia - China 65-63
Serbia snatched a narrow victory over China to earn the second position in Group D. Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points to lead the European team. Serbia built a 41:34 halftime lead. But China denied the deficit and eked out a 2-point lead heading into the fourth frame. But Serbia limited their opponents to just 12 points in the final quarter and sealed the winning outcome. Milica Dabovic (173-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points in the victory. Wen Lu (188-F-90) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for China.


Turkey 2014 WC: Moreira's mantra for Angola's remaining game - Sep 29, 2014

Angola were on the losing end of the first game to see a team score 100 or more points at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, but coach Anibal Moreira was more disappointed at the manner in which his team didn't execute their plans.

"We knew they were a far better team than us. This is a reality," the three-time Olympian for Angola's men's national team said of Serbia.

"What I'm really disappointed in was the way we lost focus. We just didn't do what we had planned. Our execution was very poor.

"We are very realistic about our chances, but that does not mean we have to perform below our best, Coach Moreira continued.

"We are here to improve our competitiveness, and not (have) any lofty ambitions. We don't want to talk big.

"This is what happened against Serbia. Our players got awed by them and got carried away. We lost concentration and focus. I think we made too many turnovers and conceded too many points on the fast break," he added.

Angola turned the ball over 27 times against 5 steals whereas Serbia had 10 turn-over against 18 steals. The Serbs scored 24 points on the fast break, almost a quarter of their total points.

"We have to cut down our mistakes and keep our concentration. These are the only two things I expect from my team," said the 48-year-old tactician.

Angola lost it second group game to China (39-65) on Sunday and take on the USA in her last group game on Tuesday.

"We are the underdogs in both games. All we want to do is to play our best. It doesnt matter what plans our opponents come with. We want to stick to our plans and more importantly execute it well," said Moreira.

Source: FIBA.com
Nacissela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas)


Lack of interest in World Cup for Women? - Sep 29, 2014

The world cup for women started last saturday with a great participance of the exciting games of Turkey as the host nation.

As the championship goes on, the number of spectators are not increasing despite the promising games except for the host nation.

Despite the fact that there is no spectator information on the website of Fiba its becomes obvious from the TV as well as the photos from the press releases that the games are not well visited.

A promising game in Istanbul between the Worlds #1 Team USA vs. World #8 China has been watched by several hundreds of spectators whereas a game of Belarus vs. Cuba ending with the exciting comeback of the European side grabbing the win by 1 (70-69) idid not have a better number of viewers.

As the Turkish star Nevriye Yilmaz says " We were pretty excited to play in such an atmosphere in Ankara as our fans filled the whole arena acting as a pushing force for us. But I am worried about the games in Istanbul and not sure if we will have that many supporters".

The championship had a day off on Monday and is continuing with the last group games on Tuesday as many teams are not losing their hopes to play in front of more fans.


Turkey 2014 wc: Mozambique forward, Dongue climbs to new heights - Sep 28, 2014

Already one of the stars of African basketball, Mozambique kingpin Leia Dongue is taking her game to another level at the FIBA World Championship for Women.

While she hasn't been able to propel her team to the surprise victory they crave, her double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds against Les Bleues (France) on Sunday showcased her ongoing potential at the elite level.

Even the numbers don't tell the whole story. She went toe-to-toe with Sandrine Gruda and in the final seconds produced one of the plays of the tournament so far with a monstrous block on Diandra Tchatchouang.

"It is an amazing experience to be able to play in a tournament which I saw on television as a child," said Dongue.

"It is a dream to play against players at this level and against those who play in the WNBA in some cases, against players who actually inspired me to continue playing basketball.

"This is our very first FIBA World Championship and therefore it is hugely important to us, said the Mozambican forward.

"Playing in Ankara Arena two years ago (at the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women) was an important step to get further international exposure.

"However, this is completely different and now we are playing against the very best of the best.

"We had more security and confidence against Canada in the first game on Saturday and probably just made too many errors against France."

As for her almost leaping out of the Arena in the last minute was it one of her finest individual plays?

"I guess it was," smiled Dongue, who can expect it to be replayed over and over again on the tournament highlights reel.

Source: FIBA.com

Leia Dongue (186-F/C-91)


Day 2 in Ankara and Istanbul - Sep 28, 2014

Group A
Czech Republic - Japan 71-57
Czech Republic knocked down Japan for their second victory in Turkey. Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) nailed 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Japan recorded a 38:33 halftime lead. But Czech Republic recovered well in the second half. They went on an 18:6 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) had 18 points for the winners. Michiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) responded with 16 points for Japan.

Spain - Brazil 83-56
Spain improved at 2-0 record in Group A. They knocked down Brazil to stay undefeated. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) and Alba Torrens (188-F-89) nailed 15 points each to lead the winners. Brazil eked out a 13:12 lead after the opening quarter. But Spain quickly took over. They unleashed 29 points in the second frame to take a 41:26 halftime lead. The gap just kept on growing throughout the second half as Spain coasted to the win. Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 13 points in the win. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Brazil.

Group B
Canada - Turkey 44-55
Turkey improved at 2-0 record in Group B following a comfortable victory over Canada. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) paced the hosts with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Turkey eked out a 24:22 halftime lead. Canada tied things up at 31 heading into the fourth quarter. But Turkey triggered a 24:13 run in the final period and ensured the victory. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) had 13 points for the winners. Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) and Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had 9 points each for Canada.

France - Mozambique 89-45
France recovered well after the bitter loss in the first round and rolled past Mozambique for the first victory at the championship. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) delivered 19 points and 7 rebounds for Les Bleus. France established a 47:21 halftime advantage. They stretched the gap at 40-point mark after three quarters and cruised to the victory. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 13 points in the win. Leia Dongue (186-F/C-91) responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Mozambique.

Group C
Belarus - Cuba 70-69
Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) sank a late three-pointer to propel Belarus past Cuba in a thrilling second round clash in Group C. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds to pace Belarus. Cuba established a 22:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Belarus cut the distance to just 2 points at the interval. But Cuba opened a 6-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. However Belarus went on a strong comeback rally in the final stanza that was capped by a triple from Snytsina. She bagged in 18 points for the winners. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Cuba.

Australia - South Korea 87-54
Australia fired past South Korea to claim the second consecutive victory in Turkey. Laura Hodges (191-C-83) had 14 points for the Opals. Australia dominated from the early moments in the game. They secured a 45:22 halftime lead. The Opals sank 42 points in the second half to seal the victory. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) and Belinda Snell (180-SF-81) had 13 points each for Australia. Youn-Joo Kim responded with 17 points for South Korea.

Group D
USA - Serbia 94-74
Team USA are now 2-0 in Group D action. They knocked down Serbia today. Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) sank 20 points to pace the winners. Serbia registered a 21:17 lead after the first period. But Team USA unloaded 32 points in the second quarter to take a 49:42 halftime lead. The North American team used a 24:10 run in the fourth period to seal the victory. Maya Moore had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Ana Dabovic answered with 24 points for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) had 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Angola - China 39-65
China thumped Angola to open win count at the championship. Gao Song (188-PF-92) nailed 11 points to lead the effort. China held their opponents to just 15 points in the first half to record a 15-point halftime lead. China extended the margin at 20-point mark at the final break and coasted to the win. Shao Ting (183-F-89) topscored with 14 points for China. Nacissela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Angola.


Day 1 in Ankara and Istanbul - Sep 27, 2014

Group A
Brazil - Czech Republic 55-68
Czech Republic posted the initial victory at the World Championship. They upset Brazil in the opener. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) scored 15 points to pace the Czech team. The Europeans ensured a 17:7 lead after the first frame. They knocked down 23 points in the third quarter to secure a 14-point advantage. Brazil could not recover and had to yield at the end. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 13 points for Czech Republic. Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) responded with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Brazil. Tatiana Nascimento (181-F-91) had 9 points in the loss.

Japan - Spain 50-74
Spain outgunned Japan in the first game at the 2014 World Championship. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) posted 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Spain set the tone early in the encounter. They recorded a 21:13 lead after the opening frame. Spain extended the lead in the second quarter. They secured a 42:28 halftime advantage. Spain held Japan to just 4 points in the third quarter to boost the lead at 34-point mark. Japan cut the distance in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) had 14 points, while Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 12 points for Spain. Ramu Tokashiki (191-C/F-91) responded with 19 points for Japan. Maki Takada (183-F/C-89) and Yuka Mamiya (185-F-90) tossed in 6 points each in the defeat.

Group B
Mozambique - Canada 54-69
Canada tipped off their 2014 World Championship campaign with victory. They defeated Mozambique in the tournaments opener. Miah-Marie Langlois (173-PG-91), Kimberley Gaucher-Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) and Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Massachusetts) scored 11 points each to pace the North American team. Canada sank 22 points in the first quarter and opened a 4-point lead. But Mozambique stuck around in the second quarter. The African powerhouse pulled within three points at the interval 32:35. Canada added defensive aggressiveness in the third term. They held Mozambique to just 10 points in the period and opened an 11-point lead into the fourth frame. Canada dropped 16 points in the final stanza and secured the opening victory. Rute Muianga (175-F-83) responded with 14 points for Mozambique. Deolinda Ngulela (170-G-81, college: Augusta St.) had 13 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Turkey - France 50-48
Turkey survived a thriller against France to eke out a tough victory in the World Championship opener. LaToya Sanders (191-PF-86, college: N.Carolina) tallied 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead Turkey to the first victory at the home tournament. France eked out a 15:14 lead after the first frame. They held Turkey to miserable 3 points in second quarter to open a 27:17 halftime advantage. But Turkey refused to give in. The hosts tuned in offensively in the third quarter. They sank 21 points and pulled ahead for a one-point lead 38:37. It all came down to the final seconds in this one. Gomis converted a three-point play with under two minutes left in regulation to give Les Bleus a 48:47 lead. But Isil Alben drained a three-pointer to seal the victory for Turkey. She accounted for 12 points, while Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) added 10 points for the hosts. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) responded with 11 points and 13 rebounds for France. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) had 8 points in the loss.

Group C
Cuba - Australia 57-90
Australia stormed past Cuba in the opener. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) nailed 20 points to lead the Opals. Australia secured a 23:6 lead after the first frame. They went on a 45:26 second half run to seal the victory. Rachel Jarry (185-SF-91) had 13 points for the winners. Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) responded with 19 points for Cuba in the loss.

South Korea - Belarus 64-70
Belarus registered the first victory at the tournament. They held off South Korea in a tough battle in Group C. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) nailed 17 points, issued 5 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Belarus. South Korea grabbed a 23:11 lead after the first frame. But Belarus responded with a 44:22 rally in the next two periods to spur ahead for good. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Belarus. Park Ji-Su (188-C-98) responded with 15 points for South Korea.

Group D
China - USA 56-87
Team USA opened win count at the World Championship. They took care of China in the first game. Brittney Griner (203-C-90, college: Baylor) and Maya Moore (183-SG-89, college: Connecticut) came up with 15 points each to pace the North American team. Team USA posted a 20:13 lead after the first frame. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. But Team USA shifted the gear in the second half. They unloaded 48 points and cruised to the victory. Seimone Augustus (183-SF-84, college: LSU) had 11 points for the winners. Sun Mengran (197-C-92) and Chen Xiaojia (177-PG-88) responded with 10 points each for China.

Serbia - Angola 102-42
Serbia claimed a lopsided victory over Angola in the opening game in Group D. Jelena Milovanovic (190-PF-89) provided 16 points to lead the winners. Serbia led from start to finish in this one. They piled up a 46:18 halftime lead. Serbia held their opponents to just 24 points in the second half and marched to a comfortable victory. Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points, while Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points in the win. Fineza Eusebio and Luisa Tomas (192-C-83) responded with 9 points each for Angola.



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