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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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