Australia - Russia 85:65 Australia became the World University Games champion today. They cruised past Russian team in the title decider. This was the 6th consecituve win for Austrlian squad after they were rallied over by Brazil at the start of the tournament. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) (167-G-83, agency: LBM Management) led Australia to the trophy scoring 26 points, collecting 8 rebounds and making 4 steals and 3 assists in today's victory. Russia also entered the final encounter with one loss and had all the embitions to win the contest. However Australia dominated right from the start. They arguably played their best basketball in the competition and easily cleared off Russia in the first frame 28:13. Russian team struggled to return on track and though they slowed Australia down a bit their opponents stil enjoyed a 47:30 lead at halftime. Russia finally woke up in the third stanza as Varvara Psareva (192-C-85) took the leading role and paced Russian team to a 18:13 advantage to cut the deficit to 48:60. But Samantha Richards and Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) provided needed offensive presence for the Opals as they sealed the victor at the end. Jessica Foley scored 21 points, while Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) added 15 points for Australia. Varvara Psareva had 24 points and 7 boards for Russia. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) chipped in 12 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in a losing case. Australia converted 38% of field goals and 78% from free throw line. Russia responded with 30% from the field and 73% from charity stripe. Russia managed to outrebound Aussies 46:37 but committed 17 turnovers.
Poland - Czech Republic 84:79 Polish team came from behind to edge Czech Republic in Bangkok today. The victory marked a successful Polsih campaign in Bangkok as they managed to finish at the third overall spot. Poland performed impressive basketball during the tournament and ended with 5-2 record. Both teams were coming off sour losses in the semifinals and needed to rebound quickly for Bronze medals game. Czech Republic seemed to shake off bad memories at the start of the encounter as they rolled to a 23:16 lead. But Poland regrouped and initiated comeback in the second quarter. Polish players began to pour basket from behind the arc and surged ahead at halftime 37:35. The game remained very close throughout the third quarter with no team able to clear off to a safe distance. But Poland were always in front and never allowed Czech team to strike back. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85), Malgorzata Babicka and Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) all connected from afar to pace Poland to victory at the end. Justyna Zurowska led all scorers with 26 points and 8 boards for Poland. Izabela Piekarska contributed 21 points and 7 boards for the winners. Darina Johnova (177-F-85) answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84) and Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) provided 17 points in defeat. Czech team shot better from the field converting 45% of field goals, while Poland hit just 36% . Czech Republic also outrebounded their opponents 38:33. But Czech players committed twice as many turnovers as Poland (22) and acumulated 23 personal fouls.
Taiwan - USA 71:62 Taiwan student team celebrated a historic victory over USA at the Summer University Games basketball tournament today. The victory ensured the 5th spot for Asian team. Taiwan team completed the competition with a 5-2 record. Taiwan team also revenged for a narrow loss to the United States in the qualifying round 65:66. Taiwan had a better start to the game and ensured a 21:15 lead after the opening frame. USA struggled to come back into the contest in the second quarter and Taiwan extended the advantage to 34:27 at halftime. However USA players recovered in the third stanza as they managed to outscore their Asian counterparts 17:11 and cut the deficit to only 1 point entering the final term 44:45. USA were even able to enjoy a short-term lead early in the fourth quarter. But Taiwan pressed harder and United States defence simply collapsed letting Taiwan post 26 points and celebrate a hard-fought victory at the end. Tsai Pei Chen (186-C-84) scored 16 points and pulled down 10 boards for Taiwan. Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) contributed another 15 points in a win. Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) replied with game-high 18 points and 8 boards. Sabrina Gregory (175-G-86) had 16 points in a losing clause. USA dominated the boards 38:30 but committed 19 turnovers and were less accurate from the field. They converted 33% of field goals, while Taiwan shot 40%, including 38% from beyond the arc.
7th-8th spots Canada - Turkey 67:50 Canadian team completed their Universiade campaign in style. They posted a comprehensive victory over Turkey to claim the 7th spot in the final ladder. Canada ended the tournament with a 4-3 record and imroved on the 2005 result when they finished at the 11th overall position. Canada took control over the game early on and drove to a 23:14 lead after the first frame. Turkey struggled offensively in the second quarter and Canada established a comfortable 39:23 advtantage at halftime. Turkish side managed to slow down Canada after the break but could not close the gap and remained trailing by 16 points at the start of the final term. Canada easily secured a winning outcome in the dying stage. Erica McGuinness (175-G-85) scored 13 points to pace Canada. Kathryn Hole (188-C-88) contributed 10 points for the winners. Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) topscored for Turkey with 14 points. Gizem Yavuz (168-G-88) and Meric Yenal (188-F-88) nailed 8 points apiece in defeat. Canada knocked down 39% from the field and 88% from free throw line. Turkey answered with 33% of field goals and only 50% of free throws. Canada dominated the boards 44:25 and committed just 11 personal fouls during the game.
9th-10th spots Serbia - Japan 86:81 Serbian team finished the Universiade basketball competition at the 9th overall spot. They defeated Japan on the last day of action to complete their Bangkok campaign. It hardly can be called successful as one of the widely taken favourites travelled through the contest with 5-3 record losing 2 games in the preliminary round. But Serbia managed to outrebound after an ailing start and ended the competition with three straight wins. A well-balanced Japanese team got to a better start of the game and gained a 23:21 advantage after the opening frame. Serbia though surged ahead late in the second term and enjoyed a 48:46 lead at halftime. Serbia quickened the pace in the third term and succeeded in the attacking basketball extending the lead to 73:67. Japan tried to bounce back in the final stanza but Serbian squad did not surrender a plot of court and sealed the victory at the end. Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) led Serbia with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) delivered 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Maiko Sekine (168-G-86) replied with 16 points for Japan. Aoi Ariake (166-G-86) netted 13 points in defeat. Serbia were more accurate from the field converting 55%, while Japan shot 41%. Serbia also managed to outrebound their opponents 42:20. Serbia at the same time committed 24 turnovers as Japan lost the ball 8 times.
China - Mozambique 64:50 China clinched the 11th spot at the Summer University Games in Bangkok today. They defeated Mozambique to improve to 4-4 record at the tournament. Mozambique opened the game in a perfect manner outscoring their opponents 21:10. However Chinese team was not taken aback. They grabbed control over the game and gradually started cutting the deficit. They traled by just 3 poitns at halftime 28:31. The things turned Chinese way in the third quarter when they rushed ahead and claimed the lead for good. China limited African side to only 4 points and piled up an 11-point gap entering the fourth stanza. Mozambique run out of steam in the late stages and coud not perform any sort of comeback. China safely drove to a success at the end. Zhang Yu (184-F-86) topscored for China with 20 points. Sun Yuna (190-C-88) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Deolinda Ginio (189-C-88) produced 20 points and 10 boards for Mozambique. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) had 11 points and 16 boards in a loss. China posted 41% accuracy from the field and 70% from free throw line. Mozambique replied with 34% of field goals and only 25% of free throws. Mozambique outrebounded their counterparts 35:33.
Brazil - Korea 65:51 Brazil completed their University games campaign with a win over Korea today. This resulted lifted them to the 15th overall place in the standings. Brazil dominated the game right from the start but could not pile up a big lead. Korea kept it at a striking distance and trailed by just 5 points after the opening quarter 15:20. Brazil however continued to deliver in the second frame and extended the lead to 34:25 at halftime. The things never turned Korean way after the intermission as Latin American team capitalized on their poor shooting and widened the gap to a confident 51:37 entering the fourth quarter. Korea only managed to slow down Brazil at the end but still lost the encounter. Marianna Camargo (183-G-85) topscored for Brazil with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Vanuzia Santos (187-F-85) added 9 points for the winners. Kim Sunhwa (165-G-87) provided 15 points for Korea. Bang You Sun (174-F-86) scored 10 points in defeat. Brazil knocked down 48% from the field, but lacked accuracy from the stripe converting just 33%. Korea were solid from free throw line with 70% but hit only 34% of field goals. Brazilian players reigned under the rims outrebounding their opponents 37:21. Both teams lost the ball too often as Brazil committed 23 turnovers and Korea responded with 20.
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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