USA survives against Poland in the World University Games in the first game of Women Intermediate Round Group I . The favorites produced 75:67 to remain undefeated. Both teams had a day-off before the Intermediate Round Group I than combined the teams from Group A and D. Even thought the USA was the real favorite of the game, the European team struggled hard in the whole game. The USA opened the victory with 18:17 lead and then increased to 5 points at the halftime. The North American team added 19-15 in the second period for 37:32 halftime advantage. Poland looked very well in the game this morning. The United States of America however kept the winning style and had 18-16 in the third period. With 20-19 they closed the game with another win to take 2-0 record in the Intermediate Round Group I. Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 12 points apiece. Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-G-87), Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G) and Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) had 9 points each. Justyna Zurowska (6'2''-C-85) delivered 20 points for the European team and Kasia Krezel (6'1''-G-85, college: UTEP) posted 18.
Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games. Great Britain controlled the majority of the game but had to admit 83:89 loss in the Women Intermediate Round Group I. Great Britain took a 22:21 after the opening quarter and allowed the opponent to score the same number of points in the second period. After 23-21 in it the second team from Group A had 45:42 at the halftime. The tempo slowed down in the game as both teams produced 28 point in the third period when Great Britain took another 16-12 deficit. They however could no keep the score for good as Czech Republic tied the game in the end of the fourth, not the last period. In overtime the Czechs were stronger, 12-6 and won the game 89:83. Czech Republic shot 41% from the filed, while Great Britain had 36%. The latter however was better shooting from the perimeter, 43 versus 32. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) (183-F-88) was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners that improved to 2-0. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) posted 20,while Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) collected 15 points and 14 boards. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) was responsible for 23 points in defeat and Azania Stewart (193-C) had massive 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Russia smashed Slovakia in the Women Intermediate Round Group J of the World University Games, Belgrade registered another victory for Russia that enjoyed 79:36 at the end. Two teams had a day-off in the tournament and then joined another Group J after advancing from their Preliminary Groups. Russia was the favorite of the game and rightfully proved the difference. KISURIN Evgeny 's team started with 19-11 and allowed Slovakia to score another 11 points in the second period. Russia, meanwhile posted 21 to take 40:22 lead at the halftime. In the second period the favorites started to ruin the defense of the opponents and proved their superiority. Russia demonstrated 24-10 in the third quarter and limited Slovakia to 15-4 in the last. Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) paced all the winners with 14 points for 2-0 record. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) nailed 13, while Mariya Khrustaleva (167-G-87) notched 11. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) finished the game with 13 points and Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) scored 10. Russia shot 44% from the filed, while Slovakia showed only 26%.
Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei in the Women Intermediate Round Group J. The World University Games saw another victory of the favorites as they beat Asian team 79:67. Australia was too good from the beginning of the game as they grabbed the lead from the first minutes. The team from Oceania enjoyed 28:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei looked better in defense in the second frame and allowed the favorites to score only 13 points. After the first half the teams left to the lockers for 41:23 Australian advantage. Moreover the Asian team started to play in the second half after the break. Chinese Taipei won the third frame 25-21 and reduced to 14 points after thirty minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei also was stronger in the last period for 19-17 but could not stay closer to the winners. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was unstoppable with 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead all the scorers. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) posted 12, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) netted 10. CHANG Shih-Chieh poured in 15 points and LI Wan-Ting collected 13.
China improved to 2-0 record in a new-created Group G after the victory over France. The Asian team celebrated 91:78 win at the World University Games. China and France both showed their scoring skills in the opening quarter to nail 54 points in 10 minutes. The Asian team took 30:24 and never looked back after that. They added 23-17 in the second period for 53:41 halftime lead. The most troubles France got in the third frame when the European team was neaten 19-28. Only in the last period France produced 18-10 to somehow reduce the gap. China shot 50% from the filed and France had 49%. The latter however was better from the perimeter as they had 55% over 36%. China had 24/30 from the free throw line and France hit 5/9. HUA Lin paced all the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds to top the group. LIU Xin nailed 23 and Song Lulu (-G-85) had 14. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) notched 16 points and Kathleen Bourdin (-G) brought 15 for France.
Serbia-Turkey 76:85 Turkey registered their first win in Women Intermediate Round Group G that was created after the Preliminary Round to tie Serbia at 1-1 in it. In the game between each other Turkey won over Serbia 85:76 in the World University Games. It was an offensive start from both teams that had some fresh air yesterday due to day-off in the tournament. Turkey tasted 26:22 after the opening quarter, but was caught by the Serbs in the end of the half. Serbia used a 22-15 second quarter to take 44:41 halftime advantage. Turkey came back from the lockers more well-rested and produced 23-12 in the third period. In a back-to-back last quarter Serbia tried hard to recover but lost even the period. Turkey needed 21-20 to win the game 85:76. Turkey shot 46% from the field and Serbia showed 45%. Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) shined with 34 points for the winners for their initial victory. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) had 14 points and 10 boards. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) notched 23 points in defeat and Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) posted 14.
Canada-Hungary 79:81 Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade. Group H of the World University Games saw 81:79 European victory in Serbia. Hungary was better in the start of the game taking after the opening quarter. The European team continues their winning clash after 19-16 in the second period as well. They enjoyed 45:33 halftime advantage and looked forward to get their second win in Serbia. When the teams came back from the lockers, Canada however started to reduce. The team looked more ambitious and produced 19-12 in the third frame. The last period became very offensive with the teams showing great shooting skills. Canada won the period 27-24 but lost the game 79:81. Anna Vida (184-F-85) paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Timea Czank (176-G-86) posted 16 points and Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) had 13. Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) notched 13 for the North Americans and ST.AMOUR Chanelle nailed 12.
Japan-Mozambique 97:86 Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round at the World University Games. The Asian team registered 97:86 victory, however Mozambique played their best game so far. It was a pleasure to see that both teams looked great after the game. Japan could celebrate their second victory in the group, while the African team showed great team effort with four players reaching the double digits. Japan took 23:21 after the first 10 minutes but did not keep the score. Mozambique exploded in the second period and had 27-22 advantage in it. It gave them 48:45 lead entering the third period. Japan escaped the loss in the frame and tied the game at 68:68 after thirty minutes of the battle. Japan needed 29-18 to survive in the game as they won 97:86. FUJII Miki top-scored for the winners with 20 points and KOIKE Mariko netted 19. Akane Takemoto (-F-87) followed them with 16 points and 5 boards. INVOSSO Delmina erupted with 24 points and 9 rebounds for African representative. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) netted 20, whilst Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) collected 19 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.
Maryland to play in World University Games - 4 months ago
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The Big Ten champion Maryland women's basketball team will represent the United States at the World University Games next summer in Taiwan, the University of Maryland announced Thursday. The Terrapins were selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the World University Games, which will be Aug. 19-30, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. "We are thrilled to represent our country at the World University Games,' head coach Brenda... [read more]
The Big Ten champion Maryland women's basketball team will represent the United States at the World University Games next summer in Taiwan, the University of Maryland announced Thursday. The Terrapins were selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the World University Games, which will be Aug. 19-30, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan. "We are thrilled to represent our country at the World University Games,' head coach Brenda Frese said. 'Our players are extremely excited. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our program. What an incredible opportunity for our institution to represent our country in games against the best competition in the world.' The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university. This is just the second time a full team from a women's collegiate program has represented the U.S. at the World University Games. UNC Charlotte participated in 2007 and the Big 12 conference fielded a team in 2003. On the men's side, Northern Iowa represented the U.S. in 2007, Kansas did in 2015 and Purdue will represent the USA in 2017. A team from the United States has participated in 19 prior World University Games and collected a record nine golds, six silvers and one bronze medal. Since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, USA women's teams have compiled an overall record of 109-22. Individually, four Terrapins have competed in the World University Games. Tara Heiss (1979), Lynetta Kizer (193-C-90, college: Maryland) (2011) and Brionna Jones (190-C-95) (2015) all won gold and Katrina Colleton (1993) took home a bronze medal. Ten of Frese's players have won gold representing the U.S. Courtesy of: umterps.com
USA edge Canada to earn title in Gwangju - 18 months ago
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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.
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