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Day 1 in Belgrade - Jul 1, 2009


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Johannah
Leedham
Group A
USA - France 115:30

Five players scored in double figures as the USA rallied past France in the World University Games opener for both teams. It was the game in preliminary Group A and the USA left not a single chance for their European opponents. France accounted for only 19 points in the first three quarters to lag behind by massive numbers. The United States coasted to the win in the fourth period as Tina Charles (193-C-88) completed the game with 18 points and 6 boards. Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) and Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88) added 16 points apiece for the winners.
The US team raced to a 35:7 lead after ten minutes. Things never brightened up for France in the second stanza as they canned only 8 points to trail by 41 at halftime. The North American team kept on rolling confidently in the second half piling up their advantage. The scoreboard read 84:19 at the end of the third quarter. France finally overcame 10-point mark in the fourth term but could not adjust defense conceding 31 points to suffer a major blow. Tiffany Hayes tallied 15 points and 5 steals. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) replied with 7 points for France. Emmanuelle Gorjeu (-G) finished with 5 points in the losing case.
USA outrebounded France 48:21 and forced the Europeans to deadly 44 turnovers. France also shot 27% from the field and allowed the USA to come up with 54 steals down the stretch.

USA: Tina Charles 18, Jantel Lavender 16, Jacinta Monroe 16
France: Aurelie Carmona 7, Emmanuelle Gorjeu 5

Great Britain - Serbia 76:67
Great Britain came up with quite unexpected victory over the European powerhouse Serbia in the opening day of the World University Games. The teams closed the first round action in Pool A and Great Britain upset Serbia in Belgrade. The visitors trailed by 12 points at halftime but managed to come back from behind to post the initial win at the tournament. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) poured in 27 points to pace Great Britain. Serbia could not overcome massive 27 turnovers during the game.
The hosts grabbed the lead early on and eased to an 18:14 advantage after ten minutes of action. The gap grew at 12 points at halftime as Serbia seemed in control. But Great Britain turned the tables in the second half. They went on a 14:5 run to open the period. The visitors swept Serbia 24:7 in the third term to surge in front after thirty minutes of action. Serbia looked doomed at this point and had nothing to come up with in the final quarter. Great Britain spurred to the victory at the end. Chantelle Handy (191-G-87) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) replied with 14 points and 9 boards for Serbia. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) delivered 12 points in the losing effort.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 27, Chantelle Handy 12, Georgia Jones (175-G-90) 10
Serbia: Zorica Mitov 14, Tamara Radocaj 12

Group B
Australia - Japan 112:69

Australia got to the winning start of the World University Games in Serbia. They toppled Japan in preliminary Group B game today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) topscored with 21 points and 9 rebounds for Australia in the victory.
The Aussies unloaded 33 points in the opening frame to clear off. They piled up a 13-point cushion to cruise comfortably in the second stanza. Australia never slowed down in the second stanza as they accounted for 61 points in the first half. It was worth a 22-point cushion at halftime. Elyse Penaluna, Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) and Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) continued to pace the Australian team after the major break. Japan could not match the tempo and found themselves down by 30 points heading into the final period. The Asian team never rebounded in the final frame as Australia coasted to a comfortable victory at the end. Amy Lewis finished with 18 points. Marianna Tolo ensured 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Saori Otaka replied with 17 points for Japan. Mutya Mori (182-C-88) added 12 points in the loss.
Australia will face Slovakia, while Japan will take on Canada tomorrow.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 21, Amy Lewis 18, Marianna Tolo 17+10 boards
Japan: Saori Otaka 17, Mutya Mori 12

Slovakia - Canada 85:79
Slovakia accounted for the first win at the World University Games today. They prevailed against Canada to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Slovakia looked better early in the game as they claimed a 24:17 lead after ten minutes of action. Canada tried to stay aggressive in the paint but struggled in offense committing too many turnovers and misses. Slovakia kept the North American team at bay in the second quarter taking an 11-point lead at the interval. Canada tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third frame. They opened the period with a 12:2 rally to trim the deficit. Canada surged ahead midway through the period but could not keep up the tempo. Slovakia restored the lead late in the quarter heading into the final frame up by 5 points. Canada could not threaten the margin in the final stanza as Slovakia ran away for the victory.
Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) knocked down 22 points to pace Slovak Republic. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) added 14 points, while Patricia Cizmarova (173-F-86) managed 11 points and 6 boards in the win. Kelsey Hodgson (178-G) replied with 20 points for Canada. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89) dropped 14 points and collected 7 boards in the loss.
Slovakia will next face Australia, while Canada will play against Japan tomorrow.

Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 22, Eva Kmetova 14, Patricia Cizmarova 11
Canada: Kelsey Hodgson 20, Kalisha Keane 14

Group C
Russia - Mozambique 105:52

Russia celebrated the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They overwhelmed Mozambique in preliminary Group C opener. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) notched 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Russia grabbed the lead early on and cruised to a 36:13 advantage at the first break. The tempo slowed down in the second frame but Russia still kept their African counterparts at bay. Evgenia Belyakova and Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM Management) secured a 30-point buffer for Russia at halftime. Mozambique tried to turn the tables right after the main break as they played more aggressively forcing Russia to several turnovers. Mozambique traded baskets with their opponents in the third frame but could not get any closer. The European team entered the final stanza ahead by 33 points and never looked back en route to the victory.
Olga Iakovleva produced 17 points for Russia. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) contributed 15 points, while Bokareva notched 14 points and 7 boards in the winning effort. Aleia Rachide replied with 16 points and 6 boards for Mozambique. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) had 9 points in the loss.
Russia outrebounded Mozambique 46:35 and forced those to as many as 22 turnovers. The African team sank only 27% of field goals, while Russian Universiade selection accounted for 55% from the field. Russia will play against Hungary, while Mozambique will be opposed by Chinese Taipei tomorrow.

Russia: Evgenia Belyakova 23, Olga Iakovleva 17, Maria Cherepanova 15
Mozambique: Aleia Rachide 16, Amelia Macamo 9

Taiwan - Hungary 73:64
Taiwan celebrated the opening win at the World University Games in Serbia. They cruised past Hungary in Group C encounter. The Asian team used a 29:13 rally in the second frame to stun their opponents. Hungary could not recover in the second half and suffered the initial loss at the tournament. Chang Shih Chieh (172-G-86) knocked down 15 points, issued 6 assists and made 5 steals to lift Taiwan to the victory. Taiwan and Hungary exchanged baskets in the starting frame as the teams looked balanced. The Asian team earned a slender 16:14 lead into the second frame before unleashing a decisive spurt. They came up with a barrage of three-pointer to sink the Europeans. Taiwan opened up a double-digit advantage as they finished the first half 45:27 in front. Hungary showed character in the third frame as they limited their opponents to just 10 points. The defensive effort allowed Hungary to clip the margin by 9 points. But Taiwan picked up the slack in the final frame and hung on to the win the battle.
Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) and Chen Yu Chun dropped 12 points apiece for Taiwan. Wan-Ting Li had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jekatyerina Szavercsenko (180-G/F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) replied with 16 points for Hungary. Timea Czank (176-G-86) canned 13 points in defeat.

Taiwan: Chang Shih Chieh 15, Wu Min Fang 12, Yu Chen Chen 12
Hungary: Jekatyerina Szavercsenko 16, Timea Czank 13

Group D
China - Poland 73:83

Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift Poland to the starting win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They outgunned China in the preliminary Group D encounter. Kasia Krezel (185-G-85, college: UTEP) notched 14 points for the winners.
Poland grabbed a 13-point lead after the opening frame courtesy of 27-point tally from the European side. Polish stayed on fire offensively as they easily maintained the winning margin. Poland secured a 50:33 cushion at the interval.
China however speeded up in the third frame. They poured in 25 points and trimmed the distance to just 7 points heading into the fourth period. Poland had to rely on some physical game as they dominated the paint to keep China at distance. The European team eked out a tough victory at the end. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) had 10 points, 14 boards and 5 assists for Poland. Lin Hua responded with 22 points and 11 boards for China. Song Lulu (-G-85) contributed 20 points in defeat.
Poland outrebounded China 45:35 and limited the Asian team to 38% of field goals. China will next face Czech Republic, while Poland will take on Turkey in Group D.

China: Lin Hua 22+11 boards, Song Lulu 20
Poland: Justyna Zurowska 27+13 boards, Kasia Krezel 14, Izabela Piekarska 10+14 boards

Czech Republic - Turkey 107:55
Czech Republic secured the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They stormed past Turkey in the preliminary Group D. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) dropped 19 points and made 7 steals to pace Czech team. Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) produced 17 points for the winners. Czech Republic looked better in almost every facet of the game and posted a well-deserved win at the end. An Ivan Benes team shot 63% from the field and outrebounded their opponents 41:33 in the win.
Czech Republic entered the game confidently building a 9-point lead at the first intermission. They maintained the firm grip on the initiative in the second period notching a 21-point advantage at halftime. Czech Republic opened the third frame with nine consecutive points to earn a comfortable 30-point cushion and never looked back en route to the win.
Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) replied with 15 points for Turkey. Tugba Talaslioglu (-86) had 7 points in the losing case. Czech Republic will take on China in the second round of action. Turkey will try to rebound when they face Poland tomorrow.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 19, Michaela Zrustova 17, Kamila Stepanova 15
Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 15, Tugba Talaslioglu 7

  




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World University Games Standings
Group A
 1. Canada 3-0 
 2. Hungary 2-1 
 3. S.Korea 1-2 
 4. Mozambique. 0-3 
Group B
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 2-1 
 3. Italy 1-2 
 4. China 0-3 
Group C
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Japan 2-1 
 3. Sweden 1-2 
 4. Mexico 0-3 
Group D
 1. Australia 3-0 
 2. Taiwan 2-1 
 3. Brazil 1-2 
 4. Uganda 0-3 
Points Per Game
 Di WU
  (186-F-90)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Wu, CHN18.2 
 2. Powers, USA18.0 
 3. Lavey, AUS17.0 
 4. Shinozaki, JPN16.7 
 5. Carangelo, ITA16.5 
 6. Lamunu, UGA15.5 
 7. Bulgak, CAN15.5 
 8. McCall, USA15.2 
 9. Kondo, JPN15.2 
 10. Dos Santos, BRA13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claire LAMUNU
  (175-G/F-93)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Lamunu, UGA11.2 
 2. Bulgak, CAN10.7 
 3. Faz, MEX10.3 
 4. Tikhonenko, KAZ9.5 
 5. Russell, USA9.2 
 6. Cheng, TAI9.2 
 7. Szamosi, HUN8.7 
 8. McCall, USA8.5 
 9. Rodrigues, BRA8.2 
 10. Vesterberg, SWE7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chi-Fang CHANG
  (174-G-93)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Chang, TAI5.8 
 2. Canada, USA4.8 
 3. Fujioka, JPN4.7 
 4. Zhao, CHN4.3 
 5. Lavey, AUS3.8 
 6. Kang, KOR3.7 
 7. Williams, CAN3.5 
 8. Whyte, CAN3.5 
 9. Gladkova, RUS3.5 
 10. Nystroem, SWE3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jordin CANADA
  (168-G-95)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Canada, USA3.2 
 2. Chang, TAI3.2 
 3. Cheng, TAI3.0 
 4. Williams, CAN2.8 
 5. Carta, USA2.7 
 6. Shinozaki, JPN2.7 
 7. Vyoralova, CZE2.5 
 8. Kang, KOR2.5 
 9. Roser, CAN2.3 
 10. Carangelo, ITA2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Begona FAZ
  (-F-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Faz, MEX2.2 
 2. Nunez, MEX2.2 
 3. McCall, USA1.8 
 4. Liu, CHN1.8 
 5. Hamblin, CAN1.8 
 6. Powers, USA1.5 
 7. Vesterberg, SWE1.3 
 8. Medvedeva, RUS1.2 
 9. Blicavs, AUS1.2 
 10. Tikhonenko, KAZ1.2 
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