Group E Poland - Great Britain 74:64 Poland defeated Great Britain to open action at the World University Games today. The victory marked the first success for Poland at the second stage of the tournament. Great Britain in the meantime suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 0-3 record in Group E. Poland had to deal with first half deficit before coming out as winners in this one. Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) scored 18 points to lead Polish selection. Great Britain grabbed a narrow lead after a low-scoring first frame 12:10. The teams increased the speed in the second term exchanging baskets. The British team managed to maintain the margin as they arrived at halftime ahead by 2 points. But Kasia Krezel and Malgorzata Babicka helped Poland to turn the tables in the second half. Poland fired 22 points in the third stanza limiting their opponents to just 11. Poland therefore entered the fourth period ahead by 9 points and never surrendered their lead to escape winners from this one. Kasia Krezel knocked down 17 points for Poland. Justyna Zurowska had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) replied with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for Great Britain. Azania Stewart finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. United Kingdom will face Taiwan, while Poland will play against Slovakia in the classification games for the 5th-8th spots tomorrow.
USA - Czech Republic 115:78 The USA World University Games selection continued their unbeaten run. They trounced Czech Republic today to clinch the top spot in Group E. Therefore the team will face Australia in the semifinal on Thursday. Czech Republic also made it to the semis despite the defeat. They will take on Russia on the same day. The USA looked better in every facet of the game and posted a deserved victory at the end. Czech Republic struggled to constrain the US offense. The North American team warmed up with a 28-point tally in the first stanza worth an 8-point lead at the initial change. They unloaded 35 points in the second period to ensure a 26-point buffer at the interval. Czech Republic tried to match the effort in the third quarter scoring 23 points but they were easily overwhelmed by their opponents as the USA coasted into the final term ahead by 32 points. The USA selection breezed to the win at the end. Tina Charles (193-C-88) produced 20 points and 6 boards for the United States. Danielle McCray added 15 points and 7 boards, while Tiffany Hayes had 13 points in the win. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) responded with 18 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova posted 12 points in defeat.
Group F Taiwan - Slovakia 75:65 Taiwan claimed the first win at the second stage of the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Slovakia to clinch the third spot in Group F. Taiwan would now face United Kingdom in the classification round of the 5th-8th places. Slovakia finished fourth in the pool and would play against Poland tomorrow. Taiwan used a confident display in the first half to clear off. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break but managed to shift the gear in the second stanza. Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) paced the charge as Taiwan gained a 14-point cushion at halftime. Slovakia were not about to fold that early. They came off the locker room and got the better of their opponents in the third frame erasing the deficit. Slovakia headed into the final change ahead by one. But Taiwan quickly forgot the scare of the third period and regained control. They scored 23 points in the final period and hung on to the win the battle at the end. Wu Min Fang finished with 20 points to lead the way for Taiwan. Li Wan Tin added 15 points, while Chen Yu Chun had 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 21 points, 12 boards and 6 steals for Slovakia. Katarina Hrabakova and Jana Vackova dropped 10 points each in defeat.
Russia - Australia 86:72 Russia held off Australia at the World University Games today. The victory meant 3-0 record for the winners as they advanced into the semifinal stage from the top position in Pool F. Russia will now face Czech Republic on Thursday. Australia clinched the second spot and would face unbeaten United States in the second semifinal clash. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) poured in 22 points to pace Russia to the win. A Boris Sokolovskiy team account for 29 points in the first frame to lead by 7 at the first change. Australia could not threaten the margin in the second stanza trailing by as many as 13 points at the interval. Russia continued to maintain the winning margin in the third quarter. They headed into the final frame ahead by 15 points and never turned back on the way for a comfortable victory. Ekaterina Lisina notched 16 points for Russia. Olga Iakovleva had 11 points and 5 boards for the winners. Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) replied with 20 points for Australia. Chantella Perera finished with 15 points in defeat. Australia outrebounded their opponents 40:36 but committed 20 turnovers down the stretch. Russia sank 48% from the field and 86% from the stripe in the win.
Group G France - Turkey 83:74 France toppled Turkey at the World University Games today. Thus a Francis Dandine team jumped into the spot at the qualifying round in Group G. Turkey slipped at the fourth position in the pool. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) knocked down 19 points to pace the French outfit to the first win at the tournament. The game was a close affair from start to finish but France prevailed due to the advantage on the boards and much more accurate shooting. The French team led by just two points after ten minutes of action. Turkey leveled the game in the second frame and trailed by the same two points at halftime. France needed to raise the tempo in the third stanza to clear off to a 9-point distance at three-quarter time. Turkey kept France within striking distance in the fourth period but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Kathleen Bourdin (-G) and Betat notched 15 points apiece for France. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) tallied 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Turkey. Tugba Talaslioglu canned 11 points in the losing effort. France outrebounded their opponents 43:37 and sank 51% from the field. Turkey replied with just 35% of field goals in defeat.
Serbia - China 79:62 Serbia claimed a confident win over China at the World University Games yesterday. The victory lifted the hosts to 2-1 record on top of Group G. China slipped to the second spot after the defeat. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) knocked down 18 points to pace Serbia. The home team rushed ahead right from the start. They held the Asian powerhouse to 12 points in the opening frame and enjoyed an 8-point lead at the first break. China tried to increase the tempo in the second frame but Serbia were ready for the challenge and stretched the advantage to 11 points at the interval. China could not pick up the slack in the second half committing too many errors. They scored just 13 points in the third period as the hosts cleared off to a 19-point distance at the final break. China finally won the period as they outgunned Serbia by two points in the fourth term but it did not prevent them from falling short. Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) tallied 15 points and 9 boards for Serbia. Jovana Rad added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Song Lulu (-G-85) and Lin Hua replied with 14 points apiece for China. Tangwei Zhao had 12 points and 7 boards in the losing case.
Group H Hungary - Japan 95:94 (OT) Hungary posted the second straight win at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Japan in an overtime thriller in the Pool H. Hungary thus remained on top of the group with Japan one win behind. Japan raced to a brave start as they limited Hungary to 12 points in the starting frame and registered a 5-point lead. Hungary increased the tempo in the second frame but Japan matched the effort. They bombarded Hungary from beyond the arc and did not lose the battle under the rims to lead by as many as 8 points at the interval. Hungary however eventually took over. They accounted for 28 points in the third stanza to turn the deficit into a 4-point lead before the final frame. Japan did not surrender as Akane Takemoto (-F-87) paced the team. The Asian powerhouse drew things level and forced the extra period. Hungary were just a bit luckier in overtime eking out a last-second win. Reka Fejes (186-F-87) finished with 18 points to lead the charge. Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) produced 15 points in the winning case. Akane Takemoto replied with 23 points for Japan. Naoko Hattori reigned on the glass with game-high 18 rebounds to go with 22 points.
Canada - Mozambique 76:58 Canada outgunned Mozambique in Belgrade today to post the initial win at the Universiade. Both teams entered the game winless after three games played but Canada managed to break the curse and claimed a confident victory at the end. Vanessa Kabongo (178-G-89), Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) and Kayla Dykstra scored 12 points each to lead the North American team. Tania Coachene replied with game-high 14 points for Mozambique. The African powerhouse dominated early in the game. They won the starting stanza by 7 points but could not maintain the lead. Canada responded with a stunning 23:8 rally in the second frame to take over. Both teams shot poorly from the field however Canada reigned on the glass and thus kept on increasing their lead. They posted a 62:49 advantage with one quarter remaining in the encounter. Mozambique could not recover scoring only 9 points in the fourth frame and losing the battle. Buna knocked down 9 points for Canada Development team. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) and Aleia Rachide had 12 points each for Mozambique in the loss. Canada outrebounded their African opponents 54:44 and forced those to 23 turnovers. Mozambique also sank just 30% of field goals, while Canada went for 37% from the field.
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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