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Day 2 in Belgrade - Jul 3, 2009

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France-Serbia 54:96

Serbia kept France winless in Day 2 of the University Games. The hosts of the tournament celebrated the first victory after 96:54 in Novi Belgrade Sports Hall.
The home side opened the game with 19-12 and tried to rebalanced after the loss in the opener. Serbia pushed the tempo for good in the second quarter and had 18-13 in it. The teams left the court for the break when the board showed 37:25, but it did not promise the hosts an easy second half. Serbia however proved it from the first minutes of the third quarter and finished the frame with 29-16. In the last quarter the teas were just killing the time as the result was known long time ago. Serbia added another 30-13 in the last stanza and won the game over France.
IVIC Sladan ' s team showed 56% from the field and France had 32%. The latter was horrible from the three-point line as they made only 1/21 shots.
Miljana Musovic (181-G-87) led the winners with 17 points for 1-1 record. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) nailed 13 and Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) had 12. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) finished the night with 20 points in the losing effort, while MENDY Guiday collected 13 points and 10 rebounds.
France will face Great Britain in the last game of the group, while Serbia will take on USA.

France: Aurelie Carmona 20, MENDY Guiday 13+10 rebs
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 17, Maja Scekic 13, Adrijana Knezevic 12

USA - Great Britain 93:59
The USA earned the second consecutive win at the start of the World University Games. Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) (6'4''-C-88) notched 17 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to lift the USA selection past Great Britain.
The British team came up with a loud surprise in the first round upsetting hosting Serbia. But they could not match the physical style of play imposed by the North American outfit. The USA outrebounded their opponents 55:30 and forced Great Britain into massive 28 turnovers.
The US team opened the game aggressively ensuring a 20-point lead after ten minutes of action. The onslaught continued in the second frame as the USA cleared off to a 27-point margin at halftime. They seemed to be cruising to the win in the latter stages but Great Britain almost repeated the scenario of their first encounter. They challenged the sloppy USA players in the third stanza and forced them to work hard to escape with the win. Jantel Lavender and Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) needed some timely baskets to silence their opponents. The USA entered the final frame ahead by 33 points and never looked back en route to the win. Danielle McCray dropped 15 points for the USA. Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Johannah Leedham (5'11''-G/F-87) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Great Britain. Chantelle Handy (6'3''-G-87) had 10 points in defeat.

USA: Jantel Lavender 17, Danielle McCray 15, Ta'Shia Phillips 11
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 17, Chantelle Handy 10
Australia - Slovakia 73:63

Australia grabbed the second straight win at the World University Games. They held off Slovakia in Pool B today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was unstoppable with 22 points, 18 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists for the Aussies. Australia topped the group, while Slovakia slipped at 1-1 record in the second position.
Australia notched 21 points in the opening frame worth a 5-point lead at the first break. The gap grew at 9 points at halftime as Australia maintained the pressure. They were much better on the glass and held Slovakia to under 40% accuracy from the field. Australia did not slow down after the main break. They tightened defense and Slovakia managed only 14 points in the quarter as the Aussies opened up a 14-point advantage. Slovakia won the final stanza but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) dropped 13 points, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) answered with 20 points for Slovakia. Zuzana Fabianova (185-C-89) finished with 9 points in defeat.
Australia will face Canada, while Slovakia play against Japan tomorrow.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 22+18 boards, Chantella Perera 13, Marianna Tolo 11
Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 20, Zuzana Fabianova 9
Japan - Canada 90:78
Japan celebrated the initial win at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Canada in the second round of action in preliminary Group B. Japan improved at 1-1 record, while sending Canada at 0-2 at the bottom of the ladder. Naoko Hattori (-88) tallied 23 points and 12 boards to lead Japan. Miki Fujii topscored with 24 points in the victory. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89) replied with 20 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Japan dominated in the first half. They came up with their trademark long-range artillery to systematically upset Canada. The Asian outfit built a 19:14 lead into the second period. Japan maintained the tempo and accounted for 25 points in the second stanza to lead by as many as 10 points at halftime. The teams eagerly exchanged the baskets in the third frame as Japan managed to run away to a 14-point distance. As the options were running dry Canada became more aggressive and finally started things rolling. They outscored Japan but could not overcome the deficit and lost the battle at the end.
Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) scored 12 points for the winners. Kelsey Hodgson (178-G) chipped in 17 points for Canada.

Japan: Miki Fujii 24, Naoko Hattori 23+12 boards, Akino Nakagawa 12
Canada: Kalisha Keane 20+12 boards, Kelsey Hodgson 17

Hungary-Russia 60:82
Russia moved to 2-0 in Group C of the University Games in Serbia. The team easily won another game to remain undefeated and to be one of the favorites for the total success. Russia overcame Hungary 82:60 and left them winless at 0-2.
Russia took control of the game from the very beginning and opened the game with 21:10 after the first quarter. Hungary scored more than they had in the first period, but it was not still enough to stay on race with Russia. After 24-22 in the second frame the favorites had 45:32 advantage. In the third period Russia produced 24-11 to feel more comfortable at the end of the game. Even though Hungary won the last period 17-13, Russia triumphed ion the game.
Boris Sokolovskiy 's team showed 45% from the field, while Hungary had 34%.
Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) paced all the winners with 13 points and Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86) netted 12. Yakovleva Olga followed them with 11 points and Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) had 10. Anna Vida (184-F-85) ended up with 22 points in the losing case, while Reka Fejes (186-F-87) netted 12.
Chinese Taipei will face now Russia in the game for the first place in the group. Mozambique and Hungary will play for the initial victory in Group C.

Hungary: Anna Vida 22, Reka Fejes 12
Russia: Elena Danilochkina 13, Tatiana Bokareva 12, Yakovleva Olga 11, Ekaterina Lisina 10

Mozambique - Chinese Taipei 62:73
Mozambique lost the second game in the University Games in Belgrade. The African team tried hard for the initial victory however lost to Chinese Taipei 62:73.
Chinese Taipei started the game with 24:15 and showed good percentage from the field. It was difficult to see the real leader in the team as all the players contributed into the lead. Asian team produced 20-17 in the second period to take 44:32 halftime advantage. When the squads came back from the lockers the situation remained the same in the court. Chinese Taipei made 19-14 in the third quarter and solved the game result after thirty minutes of the game. Mozambique could win the last period as they rolled over the opponent, 16-10. As a total Chinese Taipei won the second straight game in the University Games in Belgrade.
HUANG Ping-Jen and CHEN Yu-Chun top-scored for the winners with 16 points apiece. Li Wan Tin collected 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) ended up with 26 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort. Cecilia Henriques (183-C-91) notched 12 and COACHENE Tania scored 9.
Chinese Taipei will face now Russia in the game for the first place in the group. Mozambique and Hungary will play for the initial victory in Group C.

Mozambique: Aleia Rachide 26+18 rebs, Cecilia Henriques 12, COACHENE Tania 9
Chinese Taipei: HUANG Ping-Jen 16, CHEN Yu-Chun 16, Li Wan Tin 15+10 rebs+8 ast

China-Czech Republic 71:101
Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group D of the University Games in Belgrade after the second straight victory. The European team overcame China 101:71 and sent them to 0-2.
Czech Republic was the favorite of the game and proved it from the very beginning. The European team created a 27:18 lead after the ten minutes and never looked behind. In the second period the team added 24-15 to take 51:33 halftime advantage. China bounced back with 27-23 in the third period, but could not catch up with the opponent. Czech Republic finished the game with 27-11 to seal the second victory in Serbia.
Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88), Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) and Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) nailed 16 each in a win. ZHAI Huan and HUA Lin brought China 16 points each and Song Lulu (-G-85) scored 14.
BENES Ivan's team showed 56% from the filed, while China had 32%. The European side was also better in free throw and three-point percentages.
In Day 3 China will face Turkey for the initial victory in Group D. Czech Republic will play against Poland for the top position in the group.

China: ZHAI Huan 16, HUA Lin 16, Song Lulu 14
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 20+8 rebs+6 ast, Katerina Hindrakova 16, Edita Sujanova 16, Kamila Stepanova 16

Turkey-Poland 74:80
Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) scored 16 points for Poland that remained undefeated in the University Games in Serbia. Turkey tried hard to upset the Polish team but failed at 74:80.
The start of the game was easy for Poland that took 26:9 lead after the opening quarter. The favorites managed to keep the lead at the halftime winning another period 19-18. As a total after two periods Poland enjoyed 45:27 advantage.
In the second half Turkey however proposed their own game and started to catch up with the opponent. A 25-16 in the third frame lifted them up to 52:61 and still 10 minutes to go. Turkey played also better in the fourth period but could not tie the game. A 22-19 in the last stanza gave 74:80 on the board as Poland remained undefeated in the University Games in Serbia.
Kasia Krezel (185-G-85, college: UTEP) and Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) followed Malgorzata Babicka with 12 points apiece.Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) ended up with 18 points as Turkey is 0-2 in the group. Tugba Talaslioglu (-86) scored 17 and Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) brought her team 15 points.
In Day 3 China will face Turkey for the initial victory in Group D. Czech Republic will play against Poland for the top position in the group.

Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 18, Tugba Talaslioglu 17, Melike Bakircioglu 15
Poland: Malgorzata Babicka 16, Kasia Krezel 12, Justyna Zurowska 12+16 rebs

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Men Women

World University Games Final Standings
 1. Australia
 2. Japan
 3. Taiwan
 4. Russia
 5. USA
 6. Sweden
 7. Canada
 8. Czech Rep.
 9. Portugal
 10. Hungary
 11. Argentina
 12. Lithuania
 13. Poland
 14. Chile
 15. S.Korea
 16. Uganda
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22
 1. Gladkova, RUS22.0 
 2. Fontaine, SWE18.8 
 3. Kaposi, HUN17.8 
 4. Garbin, AUS16.8 
 5. Filipe, POR16.3 
 6. Ekone, UGA16.3 
 7. Charles, USA15.3 
 8. Scherf, AUS15.2 
 9. Crozon, CAN14.2 
 10. Pobozy, POL14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sarah AGENO
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Ageno, UGA13.7 
 2. Barnai, HUN13.7 
 3. Kaposi, HUN12.3 
 4. Garbin, AUS11.8 
 5. Scherf, AUS11.3 
 6. Gladkova, RUS11.0 
 7. Szajtauer, POL8.8 
 8. Leiva, ARG8.7 
 9. Fontaine, SWE8.5 
 10. Fogg, CAN7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yasuma SHIORI
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Shiori, JPN8.8 
 2. Lin, TAI6.3 
 3. Szabo, HUN5.8 
 4. Kang, KOR5.2 
 5. Fujioka, JPN4.8 
 6. Nystrom, SWE4.3 
 7. Woo, KOR3.8 
 8. Knyzaite, LTU3.8 
 9. Vasquez, CHI3.7 
 10. Naczk, POL3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Agustina LEIVA
  Avg: 3
 1. Leiva, ARG3.0 
 2. Imanishimwe, UGA2.8 
 3. Ageno, UGA2.8 
 4. Shiori, JPN2.7 
 5. Belickaite, LTU2.6 
 6. Watson, USA2.5 
 7. Confroy, USA2.3 
 8. Pag, ARG2.3 
 9. Jankoska, USA2.3 
 10. Nansikombi, UGA2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Magdalena SZAJTAUER
  Avg: 2
 1. Szajtauer, POL2.0 
 2. Scherf, AUS1.8 
 3. Barnai, HUN1.7 
 4. Charles, USA1.5 
 5. Salvo, CHI1.0 
 6. Garcia Leon, ARG1.0 
 7. Vyoralova, CZE0.8 
 8. Jones, USA0.8 
 9. Nakada, JPN0.8 
 10. Fogg, CAN0.8 
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