Poland - Canada 66:64 Polish University succeeded in a must-win encounter against Canada to advance to the Universiade semifinal. Both teams entered the game with 3-1 record and needed a win to qualify into Top 4. Poland turned out to be luckier at the end and will play against Russian Federation tomorrow. Canada will face Taiwan in tomorrow's classification games for the 5th-8th places. Poland got to a better start as they led 18:11 after the opening frame. However Erica McGuinness (175-G-85) spurred Canadain offense to an impressive 26 points in the second term and they surged ahead to a 37:35 advantage at halftime. Poland stayed close throughout the third frame but North American players held on to the lead and completed three quarters in front 53:52. But it was not the right day for Canada. Poland led by Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) dominated the final frame and secured the positive result in the dying stage. Justyna Zurowska nailed 18 points and grabbed 10 boards for Poland. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85) produced 15 points for the winners. Erica McGuinness had game-high 19 points for Canada. Carolyn Ganes (191-F/C-84) added 13 points in a losing effort. Canada outrebounded their European counterparts 42:30. Poland through were a bit more accurate from the field converting 39%, while Canada had 37%. Poland forced Canadian players to 20 turnovers.
Australia - Turkey 96:62 Australian team became the fourth participant of the upcoming semifinal stage of the University Games in Bangkok. They handled Turkey to advance to Top 4 today. Australia thus will face Czech Republic in tomorrow's semifinal. Turkey will fight in the classification for the 5th-8th spots against USA. The game was pretty close in the first half. Both teams tried to stay at a striking distance and never rushed ahead. Australia though secured a narrow 21:19 lead after the first term. They extended the gap to 42:36 at halftime. The things changed drastically after the break. Australian squad spurred ahead and easily left Turkey far behind. They outscored their Europea opponents 31:12 and built up an unassailable 73:48 lead. Turkey had no energy to recover in the final quarter and surrendered losing it 14:23. Australia posted their 5th straight victory after a starting loss to Brazil. Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) scored 22 points for Aussies. Georgia Woodyard (187-F-83) produced 14 points in a win. Tugce Inontepe (174-G-87) paced Turkey with 14 points. Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) and Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) nailed 10 points apiece in a losing effort.
Group F Russia - Czech Republic 71:55 Russia became the second semifinalists of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. They used a massive first frame to topple Czech Republic and advance into Top 4 stage. Russia will now face Poland in the first semifinal tomorrow. Czech Republic however was not too distressed as they also made their way into the semifinal stage. They will take on Australia tomorrow. Russian team made themselves comfortable early in the game as they stun Czech Republic 26:8 in the first frame. Establishing a safe distance Russia slowed down in the second quarter and Czech team used to cut the deficit. They trailed by 12 points at halftime 22:34. Russia though woke up in the third stanza and strengthened their positions with another blow 19:13. The teams thus entered the final term with a comfortable 53:35 Russian lead and cruised to the final buzzer. Maria Nikitina (197-C-84) secured 16 points and 7 boards for Russia. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84) replied with 12 points for Czech Republic. Ilona Hartigova and Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) produced 9 points apiece in defeat. Czech players struggled in accuracy converting just 33% of field goals and 56% of free throws. Russia also dominated the boards 36:28.
USA - Taiwan 66:65 United States team celebrated a narrow victory over Taiwan on the last day of the qualifying round. This however did not help North American team to advance into the Top 4 stage. USA will now play against Turkey in the classification games for the 5th-8th spots. Taiwan will face Canada at the same stage. USA had a 17:16 lead after the first frame but Taiwan played some aggressive offense in the second quarter and secured a 42:31 advantage at halftime. USA needed to tightened their defence after the break to start cutting the deficit. They regained the lead late in the third term on Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) jumper 49:48. The teams kept it extra close from now on and USA were ahead by 2 points with 85 seconds remaining 65:63. However Taiwan stroke back in the final minute and drew the teams. Guard Wendy Stywalt (173-G-87) got fouled with 4.7 seconds left in the game and converted one of two free throws to seal the victory for USA team. She topscored for United States with 16 points. Danielle Burgin netted another 12 points for the winners. Lin Chi Wen (186-C-83) replied with game-high 18 points and 8 rebounds. Chen Yu Chun (176-F-87) had 13 points in defeat. USA used a solid shooting accuracy to succeed in this one. They knocked down impressive 50% from the field and outrebounded Taiwan 28:27.
Serbia - Thailand 82:59 Serbian team overcame Thailand on the last day of the classification round today. The win means Serbia will now face Mozambique in the classification games for the 9th-12th spots tomorrow. Thailand faces Brazil in the classification games for the 13th-16th places. The home team had a better start to the game and ensured a 16:14 lead early on. But Serbian players bounced back in the second quarter outscoring Thailand 29:10 and establishing a 43:26 advantage at halftime. The hosts could not reply and struggled in the third frame. Serbia used the momentum to extend the gap to unassailable 64:39 before the final term. Thailand managed to succeed in the final quarter 20:18 but with little impact on the overall result. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) nailed 17 points to lead Serbian team. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) contributed 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Charothai Suksomwong (169-F-84) answered with 15 points for Thailand. Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) provided 13 points in defeat. Thailand converted only 30% from the field, while Serbia enjoyed 45% accuracy. European team managed to outrebound their opponents 36:32. Both teams committed 18 turnovers.
Mozambique - Korea 58:42 Mozambique gained their second straight victory as they defeated Korea 58:42 today. The win came less than 24 hours after African team thumped Japan. The victory now means Mozambique squad will face Serbia in the classification games for the 9th-12th places tomorrow. Korea will now have to play against Latvia for the 13th-16th spots. Mozambique defence was a key to the win. They limited their opponents to only 14 points in the first half and drove to a 36:14 advantage at halftime. Korea managed to outplay 2 points in the third term but it was not enough. Mozambque wisely held on to the lead and celebrated a comprehensive win at the end. Deolinda Gino scored 15 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace Mozambique. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) added 11 points for the winners. An Hyun Jin (180-F-86) had 13 points for Korea. Kim Sunhwa (165-G-87) provided 10 points in a losing effort. Mozambique limired Korea to only 22% from the field. African side shot 37% of field goals. Mozambique outrebounded their Asian counterparts 48:26 but committed 24 turnovers.
Best Player: Aerial Powers (6'0''-F-94) of USA Best Guard: Tessa Lavey (170-G-93) of Australia Best Forward: Aerial Powers (6'0''-F-94) of Michigan St. Best Center: Adut Bulgak (6'4''-C-92) of Canada 1st Team PG: Mio Shinozaki (167-PG-91) of Japan G: Tessa Lavey (170-G-93) of Australia F: Erica McCall (6'3''-F-95) of USA F: Aerial Powers (6'0''-F-94) of USA C: Adut Bulgak (6'4''-C-92) of Canada 2nd Team G: Korissa Williams (5'9''-G-92) of Canada G: Chia-Ling Chang (168-G-89) of Ta... [read more]
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USA edge Canada to earn title in Gwangju - Jul 13, 2015
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USA - Canada 82-63
The USA conquered the title at the World University Games in Gwangju. They toppled their North American rivals Canada in the championship tonight. Aerial Powers (183-F-94) scored 27 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. The USA accumulated a 31:23 halftime lead. Canada narrowed the distance in the third term. The North American pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But the USA stepped on the gas in the fourth quarter. They unleashed 34 point... [read more]
USA - Canada 82-63 The USA conquered the title at the World University Games in Gwangju. They toppled their North American rivals Canada in the championship tonight. Aerial Powers (183-F-94) scored 27 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. The USA accumulated a 31:23 halftime lead. Canada narrowed the distance in the third term. The North American pulled within 3 points at the final intermission. But the USA stepped on the gas in the fourth quarter. They unleashed 34 points in the final frame and cruised to the victory. Courtney Williams (173-G-94) chipped in 15 points and collected 10 rebounds for the winners. Dakota Whyte (173-G-94) responded with 20 points and 6 assists for Canada. Adut Bulgak (193-C-92) had 15 points and 16 rebounds in the losing case.
Russia - Japan 71-60 Russia earned the Bronze medals in Gwangju. They held off Japan in the consolation final. Viktoria Medvedeva (183-PF-91) stepped up with 14 points and 6 caroms for the winners. Russia used a 20:9 run in the second term to take a 13-point halftime lead. Russia extended the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Japan narrowed the deficit in the fourth quarter but could not avoid the defeat. Olga Novikova (179-SG-94) posted 13 points and 7 rebounds for Russia. Mio Shinozaki (167-PG-91) responded with 13 points for Japan. Kaede Kondo had 12 points in the loss.
USA and Canada to clash for title in Gwangju - Jul 11, 2015
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USA - Japan 102-98 2OT
Team USA sealed their World University Games Final appearance. They survived double-overtime thriller to tame Japan en route to the title game. Mercedes Russell (198-C-95) scored 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners. Japan jumped to an early lead as they grabbed a 30:16 lead after ten minutes. Team USA managed to erase the deficit in the next three quarters. They evened things up at 77 at the end of regulation. Team USA managed to prevail i... [read more]
USA - Japan 102-98 2OT Team USA sealed their World University Games Final appearance. They survived double-overtime thriller to tame Japan en route to the title game. Mercedes Russell (198-C-95) scored 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners. Japan jumped to an early lead as they grabbed a 30:16 lead after ten minutes. Team USA managed to erase the deficit in the next three quarters. They evened things up at 77 at the end of regulation. Team USA managed to prevail in the second extra period and reached the Final. Aerial Powers (183-F-94) delivered 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Mio Shinozaki (167-PG-91) replied with 23 points for Japan.
Canada - Russia 70-60 Canada outgunned Russia to advance into World University Games Final. Dakota Whyte (173-G-94) scored 16 points to lead the North American team. Canada accumulated an 18:9 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 14-point halftime lead 39:25. Russia narrowed the gap at 11-point mark at the final intermission. They tried hard to narrow the gap but Canada hung on to seal the victory at the end. Ruth Hamblin (198-C-94) chipped in 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Canada. Yulia Poluyanova (191-F-92) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds for Russia.
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