Final USA - Russia 83:64 The US World University selection triumphed in Belgrade. They defeated Russian counterparts in the championship game to take gold medals. Tina Charles (193-C-88) was unstoppable for the USA. She tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds to propel a Charli Turner Thorne team to the big success. The USA kept their unblemished record from start to finish winning all of their games in Belgrade. Russia could not match the USA and had to surrender in the decider. But the game was not an easy one for the champions. Russia led by 2 points at the first intermission. The USA had to stiffen their defense in the second period to pull in front. They limited Russia to 9 points in the second stanza to accumulate an 8-point advantage at the interval. The USA poured in 25 points in the third quarter to clear off to a 17-point distance at three-quarter time. Russia tried hard to deny the deficit but the USA stayed calm and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) finished with 14 points for the winners. Kayla Pederson had 11 points and 9 boards for the USA. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM Management) responded with 18 points for Russia. Elena Danilochkina delivered 13 points in defeat. The USA outrebounded their opponents 52:32 and limited those to 36% from the field.
Bronze medals game Australia - Czech Republic 88:77 Australia climbed on the podium at the World University Games in Serbia. The Aussies overcame Czech Republic in the consolation final today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was back to her outstanding form to lead Australia. She tallied 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead Australia. Australia and Czech Republic got to a flying start exchanging baskets in the opening frame. Australia secured a 26:21 lead after ten minutes but Czech Republic did not allow Australia to clear off. An Ivan Benes team held their opponents to 13 points in the second stanza to trim the distance to 3 points at halftime. Australia stepped on the gas again in the third quarter. They outscored the European team by 9 points to head into the final stanza ahead by 12. Czech Republic fired 28 points in the fourth period but it was not enough against Australia. A Peter Buckle outfit responded with 27 points of their own to claim a confident victory at the end. Marianna Tolo scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Australia. Chantella Perera had 18 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 5 boards for the winners. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) answered with 24 points for Czech Republic. Romana Hejdova had 17 points in the loss.
5-6 spot Poland - Great Britain 79:74 Poland claimed the fifth spot at the World University Games in Belgrade. They defeated Great Britain in a nail-biting affair to occupy the position. Katarzyna Krezel (185-G-85) knocked down 29 points to lead Poland to an overtime victory. Justyna Zurowska provided 22 points and 21 boards for the winners. Poland led by 2 points at the first change but could not keep up the pace in the second period. Great Britain took over and denied the deficit. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) paced Great Britain as they grabbed a 37:32 lead at the interval. Poland used the long break to recover and fired from all guns in the third period. They turned a 5-point deficit into a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. But similarly to the first half a Dariusz Maciejewski team ran out of steam in the second part of the half. Great Britain reduced the margin and tied the score to send game into overtime. But Poland survived the challenge as Katarzyna Krezel and Justyna Zurowska did their best to secure a tough win at the end. Izabela Piekarska added 13 points for the winners. Johannah Leedham responded with 24 points for Great Britain. Azania Stewart had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
7-8 spot Taiwan - Slovakia 79:76 (2OT) Taiwan clinched the 7th spot at the World University Games. They wrapped up their campaign in Serbia against Slovakia. The game turned into a real basketball thriller as Taiwan eked out the victory in the second extra period. The Asian team trailed by one at the end of the first frame. They recovered in the second stanza and grabbed a 36:33 lead at halftime. Slovakia dominated the third frame as they reigned on the glass and eased to a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. Taiwan found the way to answer as they limited their European opponents to 9 points in the final term and forced overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winner as the teams accounted for 8 points apiece. But Taiwan scored 9 in the second overtime which proved just enough for an exhausting victory at the end. Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) netted 20 points to pace Taiwan. Huang Ping-Jen added 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the win. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 17 points and 19 rebounds for Slovakia. Eva Kmetova dropped 16 points and collected 12 boards in the loss. Slovakia outrebounded their opponents 64:32 but sank just 33% from the field. The European team also committed deadly 31 turnovers down the stretch.
9-10 spot Japan - China 91:86 Japan clinched the ninth place at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off China as both teams completed their Universiade campaigns. Japan had to overcome a 7-point halftime deficit to celebrate a tough win at the end. Saori Ohtaka (170-F-88) tallied 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds to lift Japan to the victory. A Toshinobu Sato team got the better start to the game. They registered a 29:24 lead after a high-flying first quarter. But China turned the tables in the second stanza closing out their defense. They limited their archrivals to only 11 points in the quarter and turned the deficit into a 7-point lead at the long break. Japan reestablished their offensive threat in the third quarter. They poured in 28 points in the period to get back in the drivers seat. China kept it within striking distance throughout the final stanza but failed to save the game and finished in the tenth position. Miki Fujii came up with 17 points for Japan. Mutya Mori and TAkemoto had 16 points apiece in the win. Hua Lin (187-86) answered with game-high 30 points and 17 boards for China. Zhao Tangwei had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.
11-12 spot Serbia - Hungary 81:67 Serbia finished their World University campaign with win. They outgunned Hungary to complete the home tournament at the 11th place. Hungary clinched the 12th overall position. Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) led balanced effort from the home side with 14 points and 8 boards. Serbia used a 26:18 first frame to build a decisive lead in this one. Hungary sparked the intrigue in the second period closing on the gap and trailing by just 2 points at halftime. But the hosts survived the threat. They maintained the margin throughout the third period and entered the final stanza ahead by 5 points. Hungary netted only 12 points in the final quarter and lost the battle at the end. Danijela Rizvic nailed 12 points, pulled down 6 boards and issued 4 assists for Serbia. Jovana Rad and Biljana Stjepanovic finished with 10 points each for the winners. Anna Vida (184-F-85) answered with 16 points for Hungary. Reka Fejes had 13 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Serbia outrebounded their opponents 38:28 and sank impressive 53% from the field. Hungary answered with just 40% field goal accuracy.
Serbia: Zorica Mitov 14, Danijela Rizvic 12, Jovana Rad 10, Biljana Stjepanovic 10 Hungary: Anna Vida 16, Reka Fejes 13
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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