The USA won Group A of the Preliminary Group in the University Games in Serbia. The favorites overcame the hosts 84:50 to take 3-0 record. As it was the last game of the group the United States of America made a great gift for themselves for July 4th Independence Day. The USA started with 20:14 in the opening quarter and never looked back after that. The North American team produced 23-12 to take 15 points advantage at the halftime. There was no time the team slowed down in the game as the winners showed great effort from the beginning until the end. Serbia tried to play well with the home support, but could not match the favorites. The USA made 19-11 in the third period and finished the game with 22-13 in the last quarter. Charli Turner Thorne's team shot 48% from the filed, while Serbia showed 36%. The guests were also better from the perimeter and free throw line. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 17 points,while Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) and Ashley Houts (5'6''-G-87) followed her with 12 points apiece. Jovana Rad (6'2''-F/C-87) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and Zorica Mitov (6'3''-C-87) posted 6.
Great Britain outscored France to finish second in Group A of the University Games in Serbia. The team won all the quarters over France to seal 80:56 victory. After Great Britain surprised the hosts of the tournament, the win over France was expected. It was a big third quarter on Friday evening in Belgrade before the British team eventually pulled away from the French, having led by only nine at the half 33:24. An outstanding third period brought the winners 32-19 and then Great Britain added 15-13 in the last period. France did not look that good, however tried hard all the time. Great Britain had an outstanding night on the glass hauling in 56 rebounds and were again confident from the foul line, making 22 of their 25 free throws. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) paced all the winners with 18 points as her team finished with 2-1 record. Chantelle Handy (191-G-87) and Georgia Jones (175-G-90) nailed 16 points apiece. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Marion Arfelis (184-F/C-91) had 11. France finished the group with 0-3 record.
Australia-Canada 80:50 Australia won Group C of the University Games in Belgrade as they beat Canada 80:50 in the last game of the group. The favorites improved to 3-0 record, while Canada fell at 0-3. The favorites easily opened the game with 23:10 and even did not think of slowing down. Another quarter brought them 15-11 and 17 points advantage at the halftime. Australia looked better in the second half as well and produced 19-13 in the third quarter. With 23-16 the team from Oceania overcame the North American representative to take the top place in the group. Emma Langford (188-F-89) led the winners with 15 points for 3-0 record. Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) nailed 14, while Sarah Graham (163-G-89) posted 12. Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Clouthier Carolann netted 11. Australia shot 44% from the filed and Canada had 34%. Canada however shot better from the perimeter as they showed 50% versus 27%.
The game between Slovakia and Japan became the top one in the group as the teams struggled for the second spot. The European side grabbed 90:88 to finish second in Group C with 2-1 record. That was really a real thriller in the court. Japan went on a 21-17 lead, but could not keep the score for good even at the halftime. With 25-15 Slovakia came back into the game and took 42:36 halftime advantage. The game was not over for the Asian team as they produced 27-24 in the third period. In a back-to-back last period Japan won 25-24, however could not tie the game. Slovakia celebrated the second win to advance from the group. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) paced all the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) collected 18 points and 21 rebounds, while Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) had 13. Akane Takemoto (-F-87) finished the night with 20 points for Japan that finished the group with 1-2 record. Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) scored 17 and OTAKA Saori notched 15.
Russia finished on the top place in Group C and remained undefeated in the University Games in Serbia. The favorites overcame Chinese Taipei 75:43 and advanced to the next round. The latter finished with 2-1 record and will continue the campaign as well. Novi Belgrade Sports Hall saw 26:13 from the Russian team that started to dominate the court from the very beginning. It became clear at the halftime that Russia would be difficult to stop. They had 19-8 to finish the second period and to have 45:22 advantage. Russia added 19-9 in the third period to answer for all the questions in the game. Chinese Taipei managed to win the last frame and lost the game 75:43. Boris Sokolovskiy 's team showed 51% from the field, while Chinese Taipei had only 27%. The latter however was better from the free throw line to score 4/5, while Russia had 10/13. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86), Yakovleva Olga and Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) Evgenia followed her with 12 points each. CHEN Yu-Chun ended up with 10 points in defeat and CHANG Ning nailed 8.
Hungary won the only game in Group C as they rolled over Mozambique in the University Games in Serbia. The European team produced 84:50 to finish with 1-2 record, while Mozambique remained winless with 0-3. Both teams lost the first two games of the group and hoped to better their positions in the game between each other. Hungary started well and proved the ambitions for the whole game. European team opened the game with 20:10 and increased the lead to 13 more points at the halftime. After 27-14, Hungary enjoyed 47:24 deficit. Nothing had changed in the third period as Hungary controlled the entire game. They produced 18-10 to have 31 points advantage over the opponent. In the last period Mozambique scored more points than in any other period, however still was not enough to reach Hungary 16-19. As a total it gave Hungary 84:50 victory and third place in the group. Jekatyerina Szavercsenko (180-G/F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Judit Fritz (183-G/F-87, college: St.Francis,NY) paced all the winners with 14 points apiece and Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) netted 13. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) collected 26 points and 12 rebounds for African team and Cecilia Henriques (183-C-91) scored 11.
China won the only game in Group D of in the University Games in Serbia to remain Turkey winless. The Asian team erupted in the last period to beat Turkey 83:55. In the game of two winless teams before the game with each other, two of them tried to better their position in the group. China grabbed 19:14 from the start and managed to add two more points at the halftime. Both squads left the court for the lockers as the Asian team kept 39:32 advantage. In the third period the battle continues in the court with China trying to move on and Turkey to catch up with the opponent. The period did not bring any luck as they both nailed 16. Only in the last quarter China found its game they used to play and produced 28-7 to win the game. China showed better percentage from the filed as they shot 47% versus 34% from Turkey. Liu Xing was unstoppable with 28 points and 11 rebounds. HUA Lin had also a great night with 24 points and 12 boards, while Song Lulu (-G-85) scored 12. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) was responsible for 13 points in defeat and Tugba Talaslioglu (-86) added 10.
Czech Republic overcame Poland in Group D of in the University Games in Serbia. Both European teams were undefeated before the game with each other, while now Czech Republic had 84:71 to win the group. Czech Republic took the lead from the first minutes and made 25:16 after the opening quarter. The Czechs controlled more of the game and even looked better in the second period. After 23-17 in the second frame the winners increased their lead to 15 points. Poland did not give up and responded with 19-17 in the third quarter to trail 13 with 10 minutes in the game. Poland made another push to save the game but Czech Republic was satisfied with 19-19 in the last stanza to win 84:71. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) was unstoppable with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) netted 14, while Darina Johnova (176-G-85) posted 12. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds for Poland that finished the group with 2-1 record. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) had 17 points and 10 boards, whilst Kasia Krezel (185-G-85, college: UTEP) Katarzyna posted 13. Even though Poland lost the game the team showed better percentage from the filed, 42% versus 35%.
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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