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World University Games Standings
Group A
 1. Canada 3-0 
 2. Turkey 2-1 
 3. Thailand 1-2 
 4. S.Korea 0-3 
Group B
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. USA 2-1 
 3. Japan 1-2 
 4. Latvia 0-3 
Group C
 1. Czech Repu. 3-0 
 2. Taiwan 2-1 
 3. Serbia 1-2 
 4. Mozambiq. 0-3 
Group D
 1. Poland 2-1 
 2. Australia 2-1 
 3. Brazil 2-1 
 4. China 0-3
 
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Australia celebrates the title at the Summer University Games in Thailand - Aug. 17, 2007 
Final

Australia - Russia 85:65

Australia became the World University Games champion today. They cruised past Russian team in the title decider. This was the 6th consecituve win for Austrlian squad after they were rallied over by Brazil at the start of the tournament. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) (167-G-83, agency: LBM Management) led Australia to the trophy scoring 26 points, collecting 8 rebounds and making 4 steals and 3 assists in today's victory.
Russia also entered the final encounter with one loss and had all the embitions to win the contest. However Australia dominated right from the start. They arguably played their best basketball in the competition and easily cleared off Russia in the first frame 28:13. Russian team struggled to return on track and though they slowed Australia down a bit their opponents stil enjoyed a 47:30 lead at halftime.
Russia finally woke up in the third stanza as Varvara Psareva (192-C-85) took the leading role and paced Russian team to a 18:13 advantage to cut the deficit to 48:60. But Samantha Richards and Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) provided needed offensive presence for the Opals as they sealed the victor at the end.
Jessica Foley scored 21 points, while Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) added 15 points for Australia. Varvara Psareva had 24 points and 7 boards for Russia. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) chipped in 12 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in a losing case.
Australia converted 38% of field goals and 78% from free throw line. Russia responded with 30% from the field and 73% from charity stripe. Russia managed to outrebound Aussies 46:37 but committed 17 turnovers.

Australia: Samantha Richards 26+8 boards, Jessica Foley 21, Natalie Hurst 15

Russia: Varvara Psareva 24, Evgenia Belyakova 12+8 boards

3rd-4th spots


Poland - Czech Republic 84:79
Polish team came from behind to edge Czech Republic in Bangkok today. The victory marked a successful Polsih campaign in Bangkok as they managed to finish at the third overall spot. Poland performed impressive basketball during the tournament and ended with 5-2 record.
Both teams were coming off sour losses in the semifinals and needed to rebound quickly for Bronze medals game. Czech Republic seemed to shake off bad memories at the start of the encounter as they rolled to a 23:16 lead. But Poland regrouped and initiated comeback in the second quarter. Polish players began to pour basket from behind the arc and surged ahead at halftime 37:35. The game remained very close throughout the third quarter with no team able to clear off to a safe distance. But Poland were always in front and never allowed Czech team to strike back.
Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85), Malgorzata Babicka and Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) all connected from afar to pace Poland to victory at the end.
Justyna Zurowska led all scorers with 26 points and 8 boards for Poland. Izabela Piekarska contributed 21 points and 7 boards for the winners. Darina Johnova (177-F-85) answered with 22 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84) and Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) provided 17 points in defeat.
Czech team shot better from the field converting 45% of field goals, while Poland hit just 36% . Czech Republic also outrebounded their opponents 38:33. But Czech players committed twice as many turnovers as Poland (22) and acumulated 23 personal fouls.

Poland:
Justyna Zurowska 26, Izabela Piekarska 21
Czech Republic:
Darina Johnova 22, Katerina Zohnova 17, Veronika Vlkova 17

5th-6th spots


Taiwan - USA 71:62
Taiwan student team celebrated a historic victory over USA at the Summer University Games basketball tournament today. The victory ensured the 5th spot for Asian team. Taiwan team completed the competition with a 5-2 record. Taiwan team also revenged for a narrow loss to the United States in the qualifying round 65:66.
Taiwan had a better start to the game and ensured a 21:15 lead after the opening frame. USA struggled to come back into the contest in the second quarter and Taiwan extended the advantage to 34:27 at halftime. However USA players recovered in the third stanza as they managed to outscore their Asian counterparts 17:11 and cut the deficit to only 1 point entering the final term 44:45. USA were even able to enjoy a short-term lead early in the fourth quarter. But Taiwan pressed harder and United States defence simply collapsed letting Taiwan post 26 points and celebrate a hard-fought victory at the end.

Tsai Pei Chen (186-C-84) scored 16 points and pulled down 10 boards for Taiwan. Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) contributed another 15 points in a win. Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) replied with game-high 18 points and 8 boards. Sabrina Gregory (175-G-86) had 16 points in a losing clause.
USA dominated the boards 38:30 but committed 19 turnovers and were less accurate from the field. They converted 33% of field goals, while Taiwan shot 40%, including 38% from beyond the arc.

Taiwan:
Tsai Pei Chen 16+10 boards, Wu Min Fang 15
USA:
Danielle Burgin 18+8 boards, Sabrina Gregory 16

7th-8th spots
Canada - Turkey 67:50
Canadian team completed their Universiade campaign in style. They posted a comprehensive victory over Turkey to claim the 7th spot in the final ladder. Canada ended the tournament with a 4-3 record and imroved on the 2005 result when they finished at the 11th overall position.
Canada took control over the game early on and drove to a 23:14 lead after the first frame. Turkey struggled offensively in the second quarter and Canada established a comfortable 39:23 advtantage at halftime. Turkish side managed to slow down Canada after the break but could not close the gap and remained trailing by 16 points at the start of the final term. Canada easily secured a winning outcome in the dying stage.

Erica McGuinness (175-G-85) scored 13 points to pace Canada. Kathryn Hole (188-C-88) contributed 10 points for the winners. Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) topscored for Turkey with 14 points. Gizem Yavuz (168-G-88) and Meric Yenal (188-F-88) nailed 8 points apiece in defeat.
Canada knocked down 39% from the field and 88% from free throw line. Turkey answered with 33% of field goals and only 50% of free throws. Canada dominated the boards 44:25 and committed just 11 personal fouls during the game.

Canada:
Erica McGuinness 13, Kathryn Hole 10
Turkey:
Gulcin Cantekin 14, Gizem Yavuz 8, Meric Yenal 8

9th-10th spots
Serbia - Japan 86:81
Serbian team finished the Universiade basketball competition at the 9th overall spot. They defeated Japan on the last day of action to complete their Bangkok campaign. It hardly can be called successful as one of the widely taken favourites travelled through the contest with 5-3 record losing 2 games in the preliminary round.
But Serbia managed to outrebound after an ailing start and ended the competition with three straight wins.
A well-balanced Japanese team got to a better start of the game and gained a 23:21 advantage after the opening frame. Serbia though surged ahead late in the second term and enjoyed a 48:46 lead at halftime. Serbia quickened the pace in the third term and succeeded in the attacking basketball extending the lead to 73:67. Japan tried to bounce back in the final stanza but Serbian squad did not surrender a plot of court and sealed the victory at the end.

Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) led Serbia with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) delivered 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Maiko Sekine (168-G-86) replied with 16 points for Japan. Aoi Ariake (166-G-86) netted 13 points in defeat.
Serbia were more accurate from the field converting 55%, while Japan shot 41%. Serbia also managed to outrebound their opponents 42:20. Serbia at the same time committed 24 turnovers as Japan lost the ball 8 times.

Serbia:
Marina Puskar 21+11 boards, Ivana Grubor 18+13 boards
Japan:
Maiko Sekine 16, Aoi Ariake 13

11th-12th spots


China - Mozambique 64:50
China clinched the 11th spot at the Summer University Games in Bangkok today. They defeated Mozambique to improve to 4-4 record at the tournament.
Mozambique opened the game in a perfect manner outscoring their opponents 21:10. However Chinese team was not taken aback. They grabbed control over the game and gradually started cutting the deficit. They traled by just 3 poitns at halftime 28:31. The things turned Chinese way in the third quarter when they rushed ahead and claimed the lead for good. China limited African side to only 4 points and piled up an 11-point gap entering the fourth stanza. Mozambique run out of steam in the late stages and coud not perform any sort of comeback. China safely drove to a success at the end.

Zhang Yu (184-F-86) topscored for China with 20 points. Sun Yuna (190-C-88) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Deolinda Ginio (189-C-88) produced 20 points and 10 boards for Mozambique. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) had 11 points and 16 boards in a loss.
China posted 41% accuracy from the field and 70% from free throw line. Mozambique replied with 34% of field goals and only 25% of free throws. Mozambique outrebounded their counterparts 35:33.

China:
Zhang Yu 20, Sun Yuna 18+8 boards
Mozambique:
Deolinda Ginio 20+10 boards, Aleia Rachide 11+16 boards

13th-14th spots

Latvia - Thailand 78:60
Latvia:
Laura Audere (178-F-84, agency: Promotex) 22, Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84) 13+10 boards
Thailand:
Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) 14, Chalisa Chamnarnweree 11

15th-16th spots

Brazil - Korea 65:51
Brazil completed their University games campaign with a win over Korea today. This resulted lifted them to the 15th overall place in the standings. Brazil dominated the game right from the start but could not pile up a big lead. Korea kept it at a striking distance and trailed by just 5 points after the opening quarter 15:20. Brazil however continued to deliver in the second frame and extended the lead to 34:25 at halftime. The things never turned Korean way after the intermission as Latin American team capitalized on their poor shooting and widened the gap to a confident 51:37 entering the fourth quarter. Korea only managed to slow down Brazil at the end but still lost the encounter.

Marianna Camargo (183-G-85) topscored for Brazil with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Vanuzia Santos (187-F-85) added 9 points for the winners. Kim Sunhwa (165-G-87) provided 15 points for Korea. Bang You Sun (174-F-86) scored 10 points in defeat.
Brazil knocked down 48% from the field, but lacked accuracy from the stripe converting just 33%. Korea were solid from free throw line with 70% but hit only 34% of field goals. Brazilian players reigned under the rims outrebounding their opponents 37:21. Both teams lost the ball too often as Brazil committed 23 turnovers and Korea responded with 20.

Brazil:
Marianna Camargo 22+9 boards, Vanuzia Santos 9
Korea:
Kim Sunhwa 15, Bang You Sun 10


Australia will face Russia in the Final - Aug. 15, 2007 
Semifinals

Australia - Czech Republic 62:50
Australian University team ensured their Final appearance as they rolled past Czech Republic in today's semifinal. They will now take on Russia in the title decider on Saturday. Czech Republic will play against Poland for Bronze medals.
The teams played a close basketball throughout the first frame and entered the second quarter all square 15:15. Australia however spurred ahead late in the second term and enjoyed a 30:25 advantage at halftime. They continued to clear off in the third stanza and extended the gap to 48:41. Czech Republic struggled to deliver in the fourth quarter as they missed open shots and lost the ball too often. European side nailed just 9 points in the fourth part and had to surrender this one.
Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) topscored for Australia with 23 points. Chantella Perera (175-G-86) contributed 14 points for the winners. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84) answered with 14 points for Czech team. Darina Johnova (177-F-85) and Michala Hartigova (192-C-83) netted 8 points apiece in defeat.
Aussies outrebound their opponents 36:31 and forced them to 23 turnovers. Czech Republic shot 39% from the field and 55% from free throw line. Australia knocked down 33% of field goals and 69% from charity stripe.

Australia: Jessica Foley 23, Chantella Perera 14
Czech Republic: Katerina Zohnova 14, Darina Johnova 8, Michala Hartigova 8

Russia - Poland 72:46
Russian team proved their favorite status as they beat Poland in the semifinal of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Russia will now play against Australia in the Final on Saturday. Poland will play against Czech Republic in the Bronze medals game.
Poland dominated the start of the game and ensured a 20:14 lead after the first frame. Russia tied the scoreline at halftime 28:28. Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) led Russian team to a 4-point advantage entering the fourth term 44:40. Poland simply got exhausted in the dying stage and could not perform any sort of comeback late in the game.
Svetlana Makhlina topscored for Russia with 21 points knocking down 3/4 three pointers. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) contributed 14 points for the winners. Katarzyna Krezel (185-G-85) chipped in 11 points for Poland. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) had 6 points and 7 boards in a losing clause.
Russia had an edge in almost every aspect of the game. They outrebounded Poland 43:24. Russia shot 44% from the field, including 44% from three point line, they also converted 75% from charity stripe. Poland managed just 34% of field goals and 40% of free throws. Russia committed only 8 personal fouls.

Russia: Svetlana Makhlina 21, Evgenia Belyakova 14
Poland: Katarzyna Krezel 11, Justyna Zurowska 6+7 boards

Classification games

5th-8th spots
Taiwan - Canada 62:58
Taiwan Unievrsity team had a successful outing today as they routed Canada in the classification game. The victory means Taiwan will now face USA for the 5th spot at the tournament tomorrow. Canada will fight for the 7th place against Turkey.
Canadian team looked more solid early in the game as it resulted in a 30:22 lead at halftime. But then the things started to turn Taiwanese way. Asian team had a narrow advantage in the third quarter and managed to cut the deficit by a single point 13:12. But a real surprise for Canada came late in the fourth when Tsai Pei Chen (186-C-84) and Lin Chi Wen (186-C-83) spurred their team in front. North American players missed a couple of important shots at the dying stage and never recovered losing the encounter.
Tsai Pei Chen led Taiwan with 14 points, converting 2/3 from beyond the arc. Lin Chi Wen and Chen Yi Feng (170-G-84) added 10 points apiece for the winners. Erica McGuinness (175-G-85) paced Canada with 15 points. Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86) had 13 points in a losing effort.
Both teams shot 34% from the field, but Taiwan players were more accurate from free throw line converting 77%, while Canada hit 68%. North American side outrebounded their Asian counterparts 39:27. Taiwan at the same time committed only 6 turnovers forcing Canada to as many as 20 mistakes.

Taiwan: Tsai Pei Chen 14, Lin Chi Wen 10, Chen Yi Feng 10
Canada: Erica McGuinness 15, Alisha Tatham 13

USA - Turkey 81:62
USA team cruised past Turkey in classification game today. They will now take on take on Taiwan for the 5th spot tomorrow. This will be a rematch as USA narrowly defeated Taiwan in the qualifying round earlier in the tournament. Turkey will play against Canada for the 7th place.
USA faced little problems en route to their 4th victory in Bangkok. They looked confident and used their advantage under the rims to maintain offensive pressure on the European side. United States rolled to a 41:31 lead at halftime. They speeded up in the third term and extended the gap to 64:41 entering the final stanza. Turkey had nothing to reply with and lost the encounter.
Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) led USA with 15 points. Ashley Spriggs (183-F-88, college: St.Francis,NY) contributed 13 points for the winners. Gizem Yavuz (168-G-88) shone for Turkey as she poured in game-high 28 points. Tugce Inontepe (174-G-87) had 11 points in defeat.
USA outrebounded their opponents 47:25. They also forced Turkey to 25 turnovers and 28 personal fouls. Both teams lacked accuracy from the field as USA players converted 39% and Turkey answered with 38%.

USA: Danielle Burgin 15, Ashley Spriggs 13
Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 28, Tugce Inontepe 11

9th-12th spots

Japan - China 84:79
Japanese team grinded a victory over China in the classification game for the 9th-12th spots today. This victory means Japan will now face Serbia in the clash for the 9th overall place. China will take on Mozambqiue for the 11th spot.
Japanese players had a better start to the game and posted a 27:18 lead after the first frame. China though slowed down their opponents in the second stanza and cut the deficit to 42:50 at halftime.
Chinese emerged strong after the intermission and closed the gap by the end of the third quarter. Japan needed Yui Yokoyama (173-F-87) and Kanade Deki (170-G-86) to overcome Huang Jing (-F-86)'s 28 points and celebrate a tough victory at the end.
Yui Yokoyama and Kanade Deki provided 13 points apiece to pace Japanese team. Aoi Ariake (166-G-86) scored 12 points in a winning effort. Huang Jing led the action with 28 points and 11 boards for China. Lu Lu (184-F-86) had 14 points and 5 boards in a loss.
Japan enjoyed dominance under the rims as they outrebounded China 47:44 including 18 boards on offensive end. They shot 36% from the field and 56% from free throw line and committed only 9 turnovers.

Japan: Yui Yokoyama 13, Kanade Deki 13, Aoi Ariake 12
China: Huang Jing 28+11 boards, Lu Lu 14

Serbia - Mozambique 77:57
Serbian team stormed past Mozambque in today's classification action at the Summer Universiade. The win allowed Serbia to fight for the 9th spot against Japan on Saturday. Mozambque will try to clinch the 11th place in the game versus China.
African side led early in the game and drove to a 15:14 lead after the opening frame. Serbia however bounced back in the second quarter and secured a 37:31 advantage at halftime. The outcome was cleared in the third term as Serbian players thrashed their counterparts 24:9 and piled up an unassailable 61:40 lead. Mozambique though never surrendered and tried to fight till the final buzzer. They succeeded in the fourth quarter 17:16 but it was not enough to overcome Serbia.
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) poured in 18 points to lead Serbia. Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) and Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) and Deolinda Ginio (189-C-88) had 15 points apiece for Mozambique. Tania Coechena (182-F-86) nailed 7 points in defeat.
Serbia won the battle under the rims outrebounding Mozambique 38:31. They also converted solid 52% of field goals and 60% from free throw line. Mozambique forced Serbia to 20 turnovers.

Serbia: Dara Kovacevic 18, Marina Puskar 11, Jasmina Ilic 11
Mozambique: Aleia Rachide 15, Deolinda Ginio 15, Tania Coechena 7

13th-16th spots

Latvia - Korea 72:44
Latvia
: Liga Bergvalde (183-F-83, college: W.Illinois) 16, Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) 15
Korea: Bang You Sun (174-F-86) 11, Jee Junga (180-C-86) 11

Brazil - Thailand 65:67
Brazil: lais Souza (172-G-87) 22, Glauce Pena (176-F-85) 13
Thailand: Charothai Suksomwong (169-F-84) 19, Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) 14


Qualifying and classification rounds end in Thailand  - Aug. 14, 2007 
Group E

Poland - Canada 66:64

Polish University succeeded in a must-win encounter against Canada to advance to the Universiade semifinal. Both teams entered the game with 3-1 record and needed a win to qualify into Top 4. Poland turned out to be luckier at the end and will play against Russian Federation tomorrow.
Canada will face Taiwan in tomorrow's classification games for the 5th-8th places.
Poland got to a better start as they led 18:11 after the opening frame. However Erica McGuinness (175-G-85) spurred Canadain offense to an impressive 26 points in the second term and they surged ahead to a 37:35 advantage at halftime. Poland stayed close throughout the third frame but North American players held on to the lead and completed three quarters in front 53:52. But it was not the right day for Canada. Poland led by Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) dominated the final frame and secured the positive result in the dying stage.
Justyna Zurowska nailed 18 points and grabbed 10 boards for Poland. Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85) produced 15 points for the winners. Erica McGuinness had game-high 19 points for Canada. Carolyn Ganes (191-F/C-84) added 13 points in a losing effort.
Canada outrebounded their European counterparts 42:30. Poland through were a bit more accurate from the field converting 39%, while Canada had 37%. Poland forced Canadian players to 20 turnovers.

Poland: Justyna Zurowska 18+10 boards, Izabela Piekarska 15
Canada: Erica McGuinness 19, Carolyn Ganes 13

Australia - Turkey 96:62
Australian team became the fourth participant of the upcoming semifinal stage of the University Games in Bangkok. They handled Turkey to advance to Top 4 today. Australia thus will face Czech Republic in tomorrow's semifinal. Turkey will fight in the classification for the 5th-8th spots against USA.
The game was pretty close in the first half. Both teams tried to stay at a striking distance and never rushed ahead. Australia though secured a narrow 21:19 lead after the first term. They extended the gap to 42:36 at halftime. The things changed drastically after the break. Australian squad spurred ahead and easily left Turkey far behind. They outscored their Europea opponents 31:12 and built up an unassailable 73:48 lead. Turkey had no energy to recover in the final quarter and surrendered losing it 14:23. Australia posted their 5th straight victory after a starting loss to Brazil. Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) scored 22 points for Aussies. Georgia Woodyard (187-F-83) produced 14 points in a win. Tugce Inontepe (174-G-87) paced Turkey with 14 points. Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) and Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) nailed 10 points apiece in a losing effort.

Australia: Jessica Foley 22, Georgia Woodyard 14
Turkey: Tugce Inontepe 14, Seda Tabakci 10, Gulcin Cantekin 10

Group F
Russia - Czech Republic 71:55
Russia became the second semifinalists of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. They used a massive first frame to topple Czech Republic and advance into Top 4 stage. Russia will now face Poland in the first semifinal tomorrow. Czech Republic however was not too distressed as they also made their way into the semifinal stage. They will take on Australia tomorrow.
Russian team made themselves comfortable early in the game as they stun Czech Republic 26:8 in the first frame. Establishing a safe distance Russia slowed down in the second quarter and Czech team used to cut the deficit. They trailed by 12 points at halftime 22:34. Russia though woke up in the third stanza and strengthened their positions with another blow 19:13. The teams thus entered the final term with a comfortable 53:35 Russian lead and cruised to the final buzzer.
Maria Nikitina (197-C-84) secured 16 points and 7 boards for Russia. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) added 11 points for the winners. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84) replied with 12 points for Czech Republic. Ilona Hartigova and Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) produced 9 points apiece in defeat.
Czech players struggled in accuracy converting just 33% of field goals and 56% of free throws. Russia also dominated the boards 36:28.

Russia: Maria Nikitina 16, Evgenia Belyakova 11
Czech Republic: Katerina Zohnova 12, Ilona Hartigova 9, Veronika Vlkova 9

USA - Taiwan 66:65
United States team celebrated a narrow victory over Taiwan on the last day of the qualifying round. This however did not help North American team to advance into the Top 4 stage. USA will now play against Turkey in the classification games for the 5th-8th spots. Taiwan will face Canada at the same stage.
USA had a 17:16 lead after the first frame but Taiwan played some aggressive offense in the second quarter and secured a 42:31 advantage at halftime. USA needed to tightened their defence after the break to start cutting the deficit. They regained the lead late in the third term on Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) jumper 49:48. The teams kept it extra close from now on and USA were ahead by 2 points with 85 seconds remaining 65:63. However Taiwan stroke back in the final minute and drew the teams. Guard Wendy Stywalt (173-G-87) got fouled with 4.7 seconds left in the game and converted one of two free throws to seal the victory for USA team. She topscored for United States with 16 points. Danielle Burgin netted another 12 points for the winners. Lin Chi Wen (186-C-83) replied with game-high 18 points and 8 rebounds. Chen Yu Chun (176-F-87) had 13 points in defeat.
USA used a solid shooting accuracy to succeed in this one. They knocked down impressive 50% from the field and outrebounded Taiwan 28:27.

USA: Erin Floyd 16, Danielle Burgin 12
Taiwan: Lin Chi Wen 18+8 boards, Chen Yu Chun 13

Group G

Serbia - Thailand 82:59
Serbian team overcame Thailand on the last day of the classification round today. The win means Serbia will now face Mozambique in the classification games for the 9th-12th spots tomorrow. Thailand faces Brazil in the classification games for the 13th-16th places.
The home team had a better start to the game and ensured a 16:14 lead early on. But Serbian players bounced back in the second quarter outscoring Thailand 29:10 and establishing a 43:26 advantage at halftime. The hosts could not reply and struggled in the third frame. Serbia used the momentum to extend the gap to unassailable 64:39 before the final term. Thailand managed to succeed in the final quarter 20:18 but with little impact on the overall result.
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) nailed 17 points to lead Serbian team. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) contributed 12 points and 6 boards for the winners. Charothai Suksomwong (169-F-84) answered with 15 points for Thailand. Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) provided 13 points in defeat.
Thailand converted only 30% from the field, while Serbia enjoyed 45% accuracy. European team managed to outrebound their opponents 36:32. Both teams committed 18 turnovers.

Serbia: Dara Kovacevic 17, Ivana Grubor 12
Thailand: Charothai Suksomwong 15, Naruemol Banmoo 13

China - Latvia 70:58
China
: Zhang Yu (184-F-86) 15+9 boards, Lu Lu (184-F-86) 14
Latvia: Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) 12, Lauma Reke (185-F-86) 10

Group H

Mozambique - Korea 58:42
Mozambique gained their second straight victory as they defeated Korea 58:42 today. The win came less than 24 hours after African team thumped Japan. The victory now means Mozambique squad will face Serbia in the classification games for the 9th-12th places tomorrow. Korea will now have to play against Latvia for the 13th-16th spots.
Mozambique defence was a key to the win. They limited their opponents to only 14 points in the first half and drove to a 36:14 advantage at halftime. Korea managed to outplay 2 points in the third term but it was not enough. Mozambque wisely held on to the lead and celebrated a comprehensive win at the end.
Deolinda Gino scored 15 points and grabbed 9 boards to pace Mozambique. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) added 11 points for the winners. An Hyun Jin (180-F-86) had 13 points for Korea. Kim Sunhwa (165-G-87) provided 10 points in a losing effort.
Mozambique limired Korea to only 22% from the field. African side shot 37% of field goals. Mozambique outrebounded their Asian counterparts 48:26 but committed 24 turnovers.

Mozambique: Deolinda Gino 15+9 boards, Aleia Rachide 11
Korea: An Hyun Jin 13, Kim Sunhwa 10

Brazil - Japan 75:82
Brazil: Vanuzia Santos (187-F-85) 22, Renata Oliveira (174-F-89) 21
Japan: Kanade Deki (170-G-86) 22, Aoi Ariake (166-G-86) 12


Qualifying round participants are defined in Bangkok - Aug. 11, 2007 
Group A

Turkey - Thailand 63:56
Turkish students qualified into the qualifying round of the Summer Universiade. They overcame hosting Thailand to occupy the second spot in Group A. Thailand fell to 1-2 record and completed preliminaries at the third spot. Turkey will now play against Poland tomorrow. Thailand faces Japan in classification games.
Turkey enjoyed a narrow lead after the first frame 17:14. Thailand though did not allow Turkish players to run away and kept it at a striking distance. They cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 29:31. The game remained close after the break as teams drove to a 41:43 scoreline at the end of the third stanza. However Turkish players wisely used a couple of mistakes from home side to seal a difficult victory at the dying stage of the game.
Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) topscored for Turkey with 20 points. Deniz Colakoglu (185-F-87) delivered 19 points for the winners. Charothai Suksomwong replied with game-high 24 points for hosts. Juthamas Jantakarn netted 10 points in a loss.
Turkey dominated under the rims outrebounding Thailand 44:32. Thailand also lacked accuracy from the field converting just 31%.

Turkey: Gulcin Cantekin 20, Deniz Colakoglu 19
Thailand: Charothai Suksomwong 24, Juthamas Jantakarn 10

Canada - Korea 73:68
Canada: Carolyn Ganes (191-F/C-84) 18+11 boards, Kadie Reverin 13
Korea: Junga Jee 16, Yoon Yang 13

Group B

Russia - USA 78:42
Russia completed preliminary round of the Universiade basketball tournament in style. They swept United States team and sealed their perfect record in Pool B. United States advanced into the qualifying round despite loss as they finished at the second spot. Russia will now play against Taiwan in the first encounter of the qualifying round. USA will take on Czech Republic squad tomorrow.
Russia were overwhelming at the start of the game as they thrashed their opponents 29:10 in the first frame. They later performed some splendid defensive basketball to limit USA to 8 points in the second quarter and extended the gap to 46:18 at halftime. United States managed to slow Russian players down a bit after the break but it did not prevent them from losing the second half 24:32.
Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) paced Russia with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86) produced 13 points for the winners. Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) had 13 points and 9 boards for USA. Wendy Stywalt (173-G-87) added 8 points and 7 boards in a losing clause.
Russia overpowered USA team under the rims 43:29. They also converted 46% from the field, while North American players hit only 28% including 1/10 from the outside.

Russia: Evgenia Belyakova 24, Olga Iakovleva 13
USA: Danielle Burgin 13+9 boards, Wendy Stywalt 8

Japan - Latvia 93:65
Japanese team secured the third spot in Pool B at the Universiade basketball tournament in Bangkok. Japan defeated Latvia 93:65 in the last round of preliminary action. They will next face Thailand in classification round. Latvia fell to 0-3 record and remained at the bottom of the ladder. They will play versus Korea tomorrow.
Japan controlled the game right from the start and gained a 25:21 advantage after the first quarter. They continue to pile the lead in the second frame and marked a 48:30 lead at halftime. Latvia tried to recover in the third stanza but Japan withstood all their attempts and posted another successful quarter 20:19. Latvia run of steam in the dying stages of the encounter and had to surrender at the end.
Yui Yokoyama led Japan to victory with 22 points. Maiko Sekine contributed 14 points for the winners. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) had 23 points for Latvia. Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84) scored 9 points in a loss.
Japan shot solid 46% from the field and 85% from free throw line. They also forced Latvia to 24 turnovers.

Japan: Yui Yokoyama 22, Maiko Sekine 14
Latvia: Aija Putnina 23, Dita Krumberga 9

Group C

Taiwan - Serbia 59:52
Taiwan crafted the first sensation at the Summer Universiade basketball tournament as they eliminated Serbia from the title race yesterday. Both teams entered the contest tied at 1-1 record and needed a win to advance. Serbia were well seen as favourites in this one but could not convert. The win means Taiwan team will play in the qualifying round and takes on Russia tomorrow. Serbia will continue in the classification round and next faces Brazil.
Serbia opened the game confidently enough and drove to a 15:12 lead after the first frame. However Taiwan quickly responded with 14:8 second stanza and completed the first half in front 26:23. In a nervous and rough third frame Serbia managed to narrow the gap by one point and trailed 39:41 at the start of the final quarter. But a couple of three point attempts from Min-fang Wu cleared off Taiwan to a safe distance and brought them so needed victory at the end.
Pei-chen Tsai led all scorers with 15 points. Min-fang Wu added 12 points hitting 4/7 three pointers. Marina Puskar (193-F/C-82) and Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) had 13 points apiece for Serbia. Adrijana Knezevic provided 12 points and 7 boards in a loss.
Serbia shot 43% from the field, while Taiwan asnwered with 40% accuracy. Serbian players also outrebounded their opponents 28:20. However Taiwan committed just 11 turnovers forcinf European team to 19.

Taiwan: Pei-chen Tsai 15, Min-fang Wu 12
Serbia: Marina Puskar 13, Miljana Musovic 13

Czech Republic - Mozambique 64:35
Czech Republic
: Tereza Peckova (187-C-87) 12, Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) 10
Mozambique: Deolinda Ginio 9, Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) 7+8 boards

Group D
Brazil - China 70:57
Brazilian team finished the preliminary round with a comprehensive win over China 70:57. However it turned out to be not enough to advance into the qualifying round of the Summer University Games in Bangkok. Brazil were tied at 2-1 record with Australia and Poland but the points difference was not in favour of Brazil.
Brazil will now play in the classification round and faces Serbia tomorrow. China remained winless in Group D and takes on Mozambique.
Brazil and China kept it close in the first three quarter. Latin American enjoyed a narrow 31:30 lead at halftime but China spurred ahead in the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter in front 49:44. However Brazilian team finally found the touch and crashed their opponents in the final term. They nailed 26 points and eased to an overall victory at the end.
Luciana Angeloni (183-F-84) netted 23 points and collected 6 boards for Brazil. Vanuzia Santos contributed 15 points and 11 boards for the winners. Lu Lu (184-G-86) replied with 18 points for China. Jing Huang added 13 points in defeat.
Brazil outrebounded China 40:34. But they lacked accuracy converting 34% from the field and 50% from free throw line. China knocked down 35% of field goals and 63% from the stripe.

Brazil: Luciana Angeloni 23, Vanuzia Santos 15+11 boards
China: Lu Lu 18, Jing Huang 13

Australia - Poland 66:62
Australia: Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) 17, Eva Afeaki (183-G-84) 11, Samantha Richards (167-G-83, agency: LBM Management) 11
Poland: Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85) 25+10 boards, Katarzyna Czubak (172-G-85) 10


The action heats up in women's division - Aug. 10, 2007 
Group A

Canada - Thailand 68:33

Canadian University team rolled past Thailand for their second win at the Univeriade in Bangkok. The victory saw Canada improve to 2-0 record and they are definite to complete the preliminary round on top of their Group. Thailand remains with strong chances of qialifying despite loss as they fell to 1-1 record. Canada will next face winless Korea, while the home side takes on Turkey.
Canada dominated the game and established a 20:10 lead after the opening frame. North American team extended the gap to 20 points at halftime 37:17. Thailand never recovered after the break and managed only 5 points in the third quarter. Canada entered the final stanza with a confident 55:22 advantage and let all bench players to log more minutes on the court. The home side had a momentum in the final stanza as Charothai Suksomwong nailed two consecutive long jumpers and ignited a 8:0 run. But it hardly scared Canada as they cruised to an overall victory.
Carolyn Ganes (191-F/C-84) scored game-high 19 points and collected 7 rebounds. Lindsay Degroot (178-G-84) added 9 points for the winners. Thailand answered with 12 points from Juthamas Jantakarn and Charothai Suksomwong. Nootchamai Intapan had 5 points in defeat.
Canada turned out to be better in every aspect of the game. They outrebounded Asian team 49:21. Canadian players also shot 43% from the field, while Thailand managed just 18%.

Canada: Carolyn Ganes 19, Lindsay Degroot 9
Thailand: Juthamas Jantakarn 12, Charothai Suksomwong 12

Turkey - Korea 70:62
Turkey celebrated their first success at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They overcame Korean team 70:62 in the second round of action in Pool A. Turkey now improved to 1-1 record, while Korea fell to 0-2 in the ladder.
Though it was not that bad for Asian team at the start of the game. They played confidently in the opening frame and deservedly gained a 18:13 advantage. Turkey managed to stop Korean players in the second quarter but never too close and trailed 31:35 at halftime. The breakthrough for Turkish side came after the break as Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) led them to recovery. Turkey outscored their oppoenents 18:13 and surged ahead 49:48 at the end of the third quarter. Turkey found the rhythm and dominated further on driving to a 21:14 scoreline in the final stanza. Turkey sealed the victory and will now look to extend their winning streak against Thailand later today. Korea takes on Canada.
Gulcin Cantekin led all scorers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Gizem Yavuz (168-G-88) contributed 14 points in a win. You Bang delivered 21 points for Korea. Dug Youn added 11 points and 9 rebounds in a losing clause.

Turkey: Gulcin Cantekin 27+8 boards, Gizem Yavuz 14
Korea: You Bang 21, Dug Youn 11+9 boards

Group B

Russia - Latvia 60:43
Russia recorded their second consecutive win at the World Summer University Games in Bangkok. After a stunning over Japan they easily handled Latvia in Pool B. Russia were overwhelming from the start and drove to a 18:11 lead early in the game. They extended the gap to confident 37:17 at halftime. Latvia showed the signs of recovery in the third quarter as they outscored Russia 16:13. However it was not enough to shift the tone and Russia regained control of the contest in the final stanza 12:10. The victory means Russian team remained at the top of Group B.
Maria Nikitina (197-C-84) topscored for Russia with 14 points and 13 boards. Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) contributed 10 points for the winners. Anita Teilane (196-C-85) had 12 points and 5 boards for Latvia. Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84) secured another 8 points in a loss. Russia overpowered Latvia under the rims 43:29. Latvia shot just 29% from the field and 55% from the stripe. Russia converted 38% of field goals and 71% of free throws.
Russia will now play against USA later tonight. Latvia faces Japan in another Pool B clash.

Russia: Maria Nikitina 14+13 boards, Evgenia Belyakova 10
Latvia: Anita Teilane 12, Dita Krumberga 8

USA - Japan 93:86
An impressive performance from Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) helped USA to seal the second win at the start of the Universiade. Charlotte 49ers' junior centre netted 30 points and pulled down 13 boards to lift USA team past Japan 93:86. USA remained the leaders in Group B.
Japan however were up by 9 points after the starting quarter 28:19. The distance just widened in the second quarter as Japan never slowed down and enjoyed a 51:40 lead at halftime. USA used a breakaway third stanza to regain control over the game. They outscored Asian team 29:15 and surged ahead 69:66 entering the fourth frame. USA survived fierce Japanese attempts to come back into the contest and survived at the dying stage of this one.
Guard Wendy Stywalt (173-G-87) secured 18 points and 14 boards for United States. Erin Floyd (183-F) contributed 16 points and 4 rebounds for the winners. Yui Yokoyama answered with 18 points for Japan. Mayo Watanabe scored 17 points in a losing effort.
USA had a huge advantage under the rims outrebounding Japan 57:12. They also knocked down solid 56% from the field, while Japan had only 37%.
USA will next face Russia today. Japan will try to post their first win at the tournament against Latvia.

USA: Danielle Burgin 30+13 boards, Wendy Stywalt 18+14 boards, Erin Floyd 16
Japan: Yui Yokoyama 18, Mayo Watanabe 17

Group C
Taiwan - Mozambique 63:44
Taiwan secured their first victory at the World University Games in Bangkok. They overcame Mozambique in the second game in Pool C. The win saw Taiwan improve to 1-1 record, while Mozambique remained at the bottom of the ladder with 0-2.
Both teams kept it close in the opening frame and Taiwan ensured a 16:15 advantage. However a tight defence from Asian team helped them to limit Mozambique offensive presence and spur ahead to a 30:23 lead at halftime. The gap just kept on growing in the second half. Mozambique obviously struggled to find a way to come back into the contest. African players were not consistant from the field and committed too many turnovers. Taiwan capitalized on numerous mistakes and came out as winners.
Chi-wen Lin was the only Taiwan player to score in double figures as she nailed 14 points. Wan-ting Li and Fan-shan Huang added 9 points apiece for the winners. Mozambique were paced by Amelia Mecamo and Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) with 14 points each.
Mozambique will seek for their first victory against Czech Republic. Taiwan takes on Serbia today.

Taiwan: Chi-wen Lin 14, Wan-ting Li 9, Fan-shan Huang 9
Mozambique: Amelia Mecamo 14, Aleia Rachide 14

Czech Republic - Serbia 63:55
Czech Republic gained their second straight victory at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They edged Serbia 63:55 in Pool C action. The win saw Czech Republic consolidate their top position in the group and ensure the next round appearance.
Czech team got to a better start of the game and led 15:9 after the opening frame. Serbia did not manage to change the course of the contest in the second quarter and the gap grew to 24:34 at halftime. Czech players slowed down a bit in the third stanza and Serbia managed to cut the deficit to 7 points but it was as far as they could get. The game remained close but Czechs wisely stayed at safe distance and celebrated a win at the end.
Darina Johnova (177-F-85) and Michala Hartigova (192-C-83) produced 12 points apiece for Czech Republic. Katerina Zohnova (179-F-84) added 11 points for the winners. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) replied with game-high 17 points and 5 assists for Serbia. Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had 12 points in a loss.
Czech team dominated the paint outrebounding their opponents 34:22. They also shot more accurately from the field converting 42%, while Serbia were limited to 35%.
Czech Republic will now face Mozambique today. Serbia plays against Taiwan later tonight.

Czech Republic: Darina Johnova 12, Michala Hartigova 12, Katerina Zohnova 11
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 17, Dara Kovacevic 12

Group D

Poland - Brazil 63:44
Poland: Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85) 20+10 boards, Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) 11
Brazil: Luciana Angeloni (183-F-84) 12, Glauce Pena (176-F-85) 10

Australia - China 68:41
Australia: Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) 17, Chantella Perera (175-G-86) 15, Georgia Woodyard (187-F-83) 15
China: Lu Lu (184-G-86) 16, Zhang Yu (184-F-86) 7


Games get under way in Groups C and D - Aug. 9, 2007 
Group C

Serbia - Mozambique 77:57

Serbia and Mozambique started the action in Group C of the Summer Universiade basketball tournament yesterday. European side proved strength and expectadly overcame their African opponents 77:57. The game though was not an easy ride for Serbian squad. Mozambique started the game pretty confidently and trailed by just 2 points after the opening frame 19:21. Serbia needed some tight and aggressive defence in the second quarter to clear off to a 41:31 distance at halftime. Serbia used a low shooting percentage from African players to held them to 10 points in the third stanza and extended the lead to 55:41. The teams exchanged the blows in the fourth frame and Serbia easily secured a winning outcome at the end.
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) netted game-high 18 points for Serbia. Jasmina Ilic (185-G/F-85) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds in for a winning side. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) paced Mozambique with 16 points. Deolinda Ginio had 15 points in a loss.
Serbia converted solid 55% from the field including 80% from free throw line. At the same time Serbian players committed massive 29 turnovers, while Mozambique lost the ball just 8 times. Mozambique lacked accuracy as they knocked down only 27% of their field goals.
Serbia will next take on Czech Republic today. Mozambique faces Taiwan later tonight.

Serbia: Dara Kovacevic 18, Jasmina Ilic 17+8 boards
Mozambique: Aleia Rachide 16, Deolinda Ginio 15

Czech Republic - Taiwan 76:70
Czech Republic team got to a victorious start of the World University Games in Bangkok. They overcame Taiwan in the opening game in Pool C. Czech Republic dominated the first quarter and rolled to a 21:12 lead after it. Taiwan responded with a 26:22 second frame and trailed by just 5 points at halftime 38:43. Taiwan surged ahead in the third quarter and enjoyed a 59:57 advantage at the start of the fourth stanza. However Czech team recovered at the dying stages of the encounter and drove to a tough victory at the end.
Ilona Burgrova (198-C-84) topscored for Czech Republic with 17 points and 13 boards. Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) produced another 16 points for the winners. Li Wan-ting scored 15 points for Taiwan. Tsai Pei-chen added 12 points and 6 rebounds in a losing clause.
Europeans dominated the game under the rims as they outrebounded their opponents 34:27. They also shot more accurately from the field converting 43%, while Taiwan shot 40% including only 9% from outside.
Czech Republic will next take on Serbia. Taiwan will seek for their first win at the tournament against Mozambique later today.

Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 17+13 boards, Veronika Vlkova 16
Taiwan: Li Wan-ting 15, Tsai Pei-chen 12+6 boards

Group D
Brazil - Australia 58:53
Brazil got to a flying start at the Summer World University Games in Bangkok. They handled Australia in the first game in Pool D yesterday. Brazil used a strong opening frame to clear off to a 15:8 distance. Aussies came back strong in the second quarter and narrowed the gap to 2 points at halftime 26:28. The game remained extra close after the break as both teams did not want to risk. Australia stayed at a striking distance and entered the fourtth quarter 40:42 behind. However Latin American team never gave Australian players a chance to strike. They wisely dictated the game rhythm and secured a tough victory at the end.
Renata Oliveira (174-F-89) chipped in game-high 16 points for Brazil. Glauce Pena (176-F-85) contributed 12 points for the winners. Jessica Foley (182-G-83, college: Duke) and Samantha Richards (167-G-83) poured in 11 points apiece to lead Australia. Melissa Smith (187-F-86) recorded 7 points and 13 boards in a loss.
Australia outrebounded Brazil 43:28 but committed 21 turnover. Brazil also conceded no free throws and shooting just 45% from the stripe still celebrated success.
Brazil will next take on Poland today. Aussies face China in another Group D battle.

Brazil: Renata Oliveira 16, Glauce Pena 12
Australia: Jessica Foley 11, Samantha Richards 11, Melissa Smith 7+13 boards

Poland - China 83:74
Polish University team succeeded at the start of the Summer Universiade in Bangkok. They managed to handle Chinese team in the opening encounter in Pool D.
In a high-scoring and tight first quarter China gained a narrow 27:26 lead. However Poland quickly reignited and tightened the defence to establish a 50:41 advantage at halftime. And it still was not the end for intrigue in this one as Chinese players found the way to overcome Polish defence and secured 23 points in the third quarter using a bunch of three pointers. China closed the gap and entered the final stanza trailing by just 2 points 64:66. But Poland did not give a single chance for Asian team in the last part of the encounter. Europeans dominated every aspect of game and deservedly recorded their first victory at the tournament.
Izabela Piekarska (196-C-85) scored 23 points to pace Poland. Kasia Krezel (185-G-85) contributed 18 points in a winning effort. Lu Lu (184-G-86) answered with 22 points for China. Xuewei Zguang netted 16 points in defeat.
Polish players shot more accurately from the field knocking down 48% of field goals, while China shot 41%. Poland outrebounded China 36:22 including 15 offensive boards.
China will seek for their first win against Australia later today. Poland will face Brazil in another Group D clash.

Poland: Izabela Piekarska 23, Kasia Krezel 18
China: Lu Lu 22, Xuewei Zguang 16


Women's basketball on the scene in Bangkok - Aug. 8, 2007 
Group A

Thailand - Korea 74:62
Thailand got to a perfect start at the home universiade in Bangkok. They defeated South Korean team in the starting game of Group A.
Korea enjoyed an early lead 22:18 after the first quarter. However the hosts bounced back in the second frame and surged ahead 44:32 at halftime. Korean squad tried to battle their way back into the contest after the break as Dug Hi Youn led them to a 17:13 third stanza. But it was not enough to change the course of the encounter. Thailand remained dominant and cheered up by the local fans sealed an overall victory with a 17:13 fourth frame.
Naruemol Banmoo topscored in the game with 24 points for Thailand. Juthamas Jantakarn added 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Dug Hi Youn chipped in 21 points for Korea. You Sun Bang had 12 points in a losing effort.
The home side outplayed Korean players under the rims pulling down 32 rebounds. They also converted impressive 52% from the field and forced Korea to 22 turnovers.
Thailand will next play against Canada tomorrow. Korea faces Turkey in another Group A clash.

Thailand: Naruemol Banmoo 24, Juthamas Jantakarn 14
Korea: Dug Hi Youn 21, You Sun Bang 12

Canada - Turkey 79:64
Canadian University team had a successful start to their Universiade campaign. They overcame Turkish side in yesterday's action in Group A.
Canada recorded an early 11:0 run to enjoy 11:3 lead midway through the opening frame. Tulay Hizal (175-G-84) though drained a trey late in the first quarter to put Turkey in front. But it turned out to be the last time Turkey led in this game. Canada started the second quarter with a stunning 14:0 run to clear off for good. Canada rolled to a 40:27 advantage at halftime. North American was a bit sloppy in the third quarter committing 9 turnovers but they ensured a 15-point gap at the end of the quarter 59:44. Turkey never threatened Canadian dominance in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end.
Carolyn Ganes (191-F/C-84) put on arguably the best performance of the opening day as she nailed 29 points and pulled down 9 boards for Canada. Natalie Doma (191-C-86) contributed 13 points and collected 13 boards for the winners. Tulay Hizal and Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) produced 15 points apiece to pace Turkey. Deniz Colakoglu (185-F-87) secured 11 points in a losing clause.
Canada swept Turkey under the rims outrebounding them 43:19. They also shot 56% from the field, while Turkey converted 35% of their attempts.
Canada will play against Thailand tomorrow. Turkey takes on Korea in another Group A clash.

Canada: Carolyn Ganes 29+9 boards, Natalie Doma 13
Turkey: Tulay Hizal 15, Gulcin Cantekin 15, Deniz Colakoglu 11

Group B
USA - Latvia 58:55 (OT)
USA edged Latvia in one of the most dramatic encounters of the opening day at the World University Games in Bangkok. USA team represented by the Charlotte 49ers players needed a strong fourth frame effort to first force overtime and later celebrate a narrow 58:55 victory.
USA players gained a 13:10 lead after the first frame. However Latvia cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 24:26. The game remained a low-scoring affair after the break and Latvian team seemed to find the proper rhythm. They completely closed United States offense and limited them to only 4 points in the third quarter. It saw Latvia pile up an 8-point advantage entering the fourth stanza 38:30. But USA led by junior guard Traci Ray (165-G-86) came up strong in the dying stages of the game and clinched extra time. There Ray fired 5 points in the final minute to bring USA their first victory of the tournament.
Traci Ray finished with game-high 22 points for USA. Shannon McCullum contributed 10 points for the winners. Latvia answered with 16 points from Aija Putnina (191-F-88). Anita Teilane (196-C-85) had 12 points and 8 rebounds in a loss.
USA will next play versus Japan tomorrow. Latvia faces Russia the same day.

USA: Traci Ray 22, Shannon McCullum 10
Latvia: Aija Putnina 16, Anita Teilane 12+8 boards

Russia - Japan 102:61
Russian team performed a spectacular piece of basketball as they edged Japan at the start of the Summer World Universiade. Both teams played an aggressive offensive basketball and the fans that gathered at Bangkok Youth Centre yesterday's evening were defenitely satisfied. The game was pretty close throughout the first three quarters. Russia dictated the pace and kept it in front. They established a 23:16 lead after the first quarter and extended the gap to 41:32 at halftime. Japan struggled to come back but remained with chances as they trailed by 15 points entering the final stanza 52:67. However the team seemed to have run out of steam and collapsed in the last 10 minutes of action. Russia were impressive and unstoppable as they outscored Asian team 35:9 in the dying stage and ensured a winning outcome.
Maria Nikitina (197-C-84) shone with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Russia. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) contributed 16 points for the winners. Maiko Sekine replied with 16 points for Japan. Mai Ishikawa had 12 points in a losing effort.
Russia limited Japanese players to just 11 boards pulling down 44 themselves. They also converted impressive 62% from the field.
Russia will next take on Latvia tomorrow. Japan will try to improve against USA.

Russia: Maria Nikitina 30+11 boards, Anna Petrakova 16
Japan: Maiko Sekine 16, Mai Ishikawa 12 Group A

Thailand - Korea 74:62
Thailand got to a perfect start at the home universiade in Bangkok. They defeated South Korean team in the starting game of Group A.
Korea enjoyed an early lead 22:18 after the first quarter. However the hosts bounced back in the second frame and surged ahead 44:32 at halftime. Korean squad tried to battle their way back into the contest after the break as Dug Hi Youn led them to a 17:13 third stanza. But it was not enough to change the course of the encounter. Thailand remained dominant and cheered up by the local fans sealed an overall victory with a 17:13 fourth frame.
Naruemol Banmoo topscored in the game with 24 points for Thailand. Juthamas Jantakarn added 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Dug Hi Youn chipped in 21 points for Korea. You Sun Bang had 12 points in a losing effort.
The home side outplayed Korean players under the rims pulling down 32 rebounds. They also converted impressive 52% from the field and forced Korea to 22 turnovers.
Thailand will next play against Canada tomorrow. Korea faces Turkey in another Group A clash.

Thailand: Naruemol Banmoo 24, Juthamas Jantakarn 14
Korea: Dug Hi Youn 21, You Sun Bang 12

Canada - Turkey 79:64
Canadian University team had a successful start to their Universiade campaign. They overcame Turkish side in yesterday's action in Group A.
Canada recorded an early 11:0 run to enjoy 11:3 lead midway through the opening frame. Tulay Hizal (175-G-84) though drained a trey late in the first quarter to put Turkey in front. But it turned out to be the last time Turkey led in this game. Canada started the second quarter with a stunning 14:0 run to clear off for good. Canada rolled to a 40:27 advantage at halftime. North American was a bit sloppy in the third quarter committing 9 turnovers but they ensured a 15-point gap at the end of the quarter 59:44. Turkey never threatened Canadian dominance in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end.
Carolyn Ganes (191-F/C-84) put on arguably the best performance of the opening day as she nailed 29 points and pulled down 9 boards for Canada. Natalie Doma (191-C-86) contributed 13 points and collected 13 boards for the winners. Tulay Hizal and Gulcin Cantekin (187-C-84) produced 15 points apiece to pace Turkey. Deniz Colakoglu (185-F-87) secured 11 points in a losing clause.
Canada swept Turkey under the rims outrebounding them 43:19. They also shot 56% from the field, while Turkey converted 35% of their attempts.
Canada will play against Thailand tomorrow. Turkey takes on Korea in another Group A clash.

Canada: Carolyn Ganes 29+9 boards, Natalie Doma 13
Turkey: Tulay Hizal 15, Gulcin Cantekin 15, Deniz Colakoglu 11

Group B
USA - Latvia 58:55 (OT)
USA edged Latvia in one of the most dramatic encounters of the opening day at the World University Games in Bangkok. USA team represented by the Charlotte 49ers players needed a strong fourth frame effort to first force overtime and later celebrate a narrow 58:55 victory.
USA players gained a 13:10 lead after the first frame. However Latvia cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 24:26. The game remained a low-scoring affair after the break and Latvian team seemed to find the proper rhythm. They completely closed United States offense and limited them to only 4 points in the third quarter. It saw Latvia pile up an 8-point advantage entering the fourth stanza 38:30. But USA led by junior guard Traci Ray (165-G-86) came up strong in the dying stages of the game and clinched extra time. There Ray fired 5 points in the final minute to bring USA their first victory of the tournament.
Traci Ray finished with game-high 22 points for USA. Shannon McCullum contributed 10 points for the winners. Latvia answered with 16 points from Aija Putnina (191-F-88). Anita Teilane (196-C-85) had 12 points and 8 rebounds in a loss.
USA will next play versus Japan tomorrow. Latvia faces Russia the same day.

USA: Traci Ray 22, Shannon McCullum 10
Latvia: Aija Putnina 16, Anita Teilane 12+8 boards

Russia - Japan 102:61
Russian team performed a spectacular piece of basketball as they edged Japan at the start of the Summer World Universiade. Both teams played an aggressive offensive basketball and the fans that gathered at Bangkok Youth Centre yesterday's evening were defenitely satisfied. The game was pretty close throughout the first three quarters. Russia dictated the pace and kept it in front. They established a 23:16 lead after the first quarter and extended the gap to 41:32 at halftime. Japan struggled to come back but remained with chances as they trailed by 15 points entering the final stanza 52:67. However the team seemed to have run out of steam and collapsed in the last 10 minutes of action. Russia were impressive and unstoppable as they outscored Asian team 35:9 in the dying stage and ensured a winning outcome.
Maria Nikitina (197-C-84) shone with 30 points and 11 rebounds for Russia. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) contributed 16 points for the winners. Maiko Sekine replied with 16 points for Japan. Mai Ishikawa had 12 points in a losing effort.
Russia limited Japanese players to just 11 boards pulling down 44 themselves. They also converted impressive 62% from the field.
Russia will next take on Latvia tomorrow. Japan will try to improve against USA.

Russia: Maria Nikitina 30+11 boards, Anna Petrakova 16
Japan: Maiko Sekine 16, Mai Ishikawa 12



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