Finland - China 42-40 Finland surprised the hosts in the defensive game at the World University Games. The Scandinavian team edged China 42:40 to tie both records at 1-1. Finland grabbed 5:4 in the start of the game, but the host replied with 11-2 in the rest of the quarter. Moreover they enjoyed 22:10 after 15 minutes of the game and went to the lockers for 27:14. The second half however was a nightmare for China. They scored only 13 points in 20 minutes and allowed the Finnish team to win the game. The latter needed 14 points in each third and last quarters to seal the victory. Due to 14-6 in the final period, Finland celebrated the initial win. Minna Sten (189-F-87) stepped up with 13 points for the winners and Vilma Kesanen (172-G-88) added 8. Shao Ting (183-F-89) posted 12 in the losing effort and Wang Miqi scored 8.
Lithuania - Taiwan 48-71 Chinese Taipei overcame Lithuania in Shenzhen in Day 2 of the World University Games. The Asian team improved to 2-0 record after 71:48 win, while the Baltic side dropped to 0-2. Tomorrow China and Chinese Taipei will face each other for the Quarterfinal ticket. After the victory over Finland, Chinese Taipei started also better against another European representative. They had 10:8 after the first five minutes and increased to 22:17 after the first period. The second quarter answered all the quarters about the winner as Asian team added 21-10 in it for 43:27 at the halftime. Moreover 15-5 in the third period was too much for the Baltic State. The latter managed to win the last stanza 16-13 but lost by 23 points. Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) paced all the winners with 17 points and Huang Fan-Shan (173-G-87) added 14. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) replied with 14 points in defeat and Greta Luksyte (177-G-87, agency: Players Group, college: NC-Wilmington) notched 8.
Slovakia - USA 68-114 USA recorded the second victory at the World University Games in China. The defending champions smashed Slovakia 114:68 for 2-0 record in Group B. Slovakia meanwhile fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the group. USA decided not to wait for a long time and grabbed the early lead in the game. Slovakian women's basketball team fell into an early first-quarter hole and never recovered. USA reached 45:25 midway through the second frame and had 60:34 at the halftime. They improved to 85:53 to close the third frame and scored 3-digit number at the end. At first USA enjoyed 96:59 with 5 minutes to go and then scored another 18 points in the last five minutes. Skylar Diggins (175-G-90), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (187-F-90) and Devereaux Peters (187-F-89) allscored 14 points and Ogwumike Chinenye nailed 13. Maria Felixova (190-C-90) ended up with 13 points in defeat, while Simova Beata added 11.
Brazil - United Kingdom 68-55 Brazil overcame United Kingdom in Day 2 of the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1. Brazil needed 68:55 victory to celebrate the initial victory. Both teams realized the importance of the game that probable was the battle for the second position in the group. The European team started with 8:6 after the first five minutes and had 16:15 after the end of it. The teams were tied at 22:22, while Brazil needed a strong finish of the half to take 30:24. They managed to keep the score for good and never looked behind. Camila Lacerda (168-G/F-89) brought 40:30 and Paixao closed the frame at 51:40. Zabani was the last player to score in the game for the Brazil win. Calhado Nadia stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Camila Lacerda notched 14. Tassia Carcavalli (179-F-92) delivered 9, while Zabani added 8. Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) brought 16 points in the losing effort and Anderson Rose netted 13.
Canada - Russia 46-73 Russia opened the World University Games in Day 2 with the win over Canada. Due to South Africa pulling out of their pool a week before competition began, Russia will face Poland on Tuesday. Russia cruised past Canada 73:46 as the latter finished the group with 1-1 record. Both teams nailed 8 points in the opening tip, before the European team went on a run. Russia needed 11:3 in the end of the frame to take 19:11 after 10 minutes in the court. Another 15-8 in the second frame brought them 34:19 at the halftime. Russia also looked better in the second half and reached the easy win. The Canadians were held to just 26 per cent shooting from the field, including 2-for-18 from outside, and made only 35 per cent of their free throws. Russia out-rebounded Canada 51-to-33, and comparatively shot 48 per cent from the field while making 90 per cent of their free throws. Sumets Milana top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) netted 10. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college: Dayton) delivered 13 in the losing case, while Folade Raincock-Ekunwe (188-F-91) posted 12.
Japan - Australia 53-113 Australia was too good for Japan in Day 2 of the World University Games in China. The Australian team easily won 113:53 to take 2-0 record in Group D. Japan fell at 0-2 record. The team of Phil Brown easily grabbed the lead in the game and had 14:5 after the first five minutes. They increased to 31:12 in the end of the frame and never looked behind after. The teams paid more attention to defense in the start of the second quarter and as a result scored 10 points together in the first 5 minutes of the frame. Australia later enjoyed 54:30 at the halftime. In the third quarter the favorites added 25-11 and had 79:41 after thirty minutes. Due to 34-12 in the last stanza the board showed 113:53 at the end of the game. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) paced all the winners with 22 points and Cayla Francis (192-C-89) collected massive 20 points and 18 rebounds. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) posted 13, while Ebzery Katie Rae notched 11. Sato Azusa notched 21 points for the Asian side and Amano Kayoko added 13.
Sweden - Czech Republic 72-63 Sweden edged Czech Republic at the World University Games in China to tie both records at 1-1 in Group D. The Scandinavian team grabbed 72:63 win to face Japan tomorrow. Czech Republic meanwhile suffered their first loss and will have to beat Australia to hope for the Quarterfinals. Both squads nailed 10 points each in the start of the game, while Sweden took 20:16 after the first quarter. The Scandinavian team increased to 31:20 early in the second and reached 41:35 at the halftime. Czech Republic tried their best but could not come closer. Sweden won the third period 16-11 and had 57:46 after thirty minutes. Although they lost the last stanza 15-17, it did not upset them in their initial victory. Abdi Farhiya stepped up with 17 points to lead the scoring list for Sweden. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) followed her with 16 and Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11. Tereza Peckova (190-F-87) finished the game with 16 points in defeat and Stepanova Kamila as well as Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) added 11 each.
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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