Finals in Belgrade - Jul.
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.
Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Lin (187-86) answered with game-high 30 points and 17 boards for China. Zhao
Tangwei had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.
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.
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.
Zorica Mitov 14, Danijela Rizvic 12, Jovana Rad 10, Biljana Stjepanovic 10 Hungary:
Vida 16, Reka Fejes 13
Day 7 in Belgrade. Semifinals - Jul. 9, 2009 Semifinal
USA - Australia
The USA became the first finalist at the World University Games. They defeated
Australia in the first semifinal of the day.
Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college:
Marist) scored 15 points and grabbed 5 boards to lead balanced effort from
the winners. The USA would take on the winner of Czech Republic vs. Russia clash
Tina Charles (193-C-88) tallied 12 points and 10 boards for the USA. Alexis
Gray-Lawson and Danielle Robinson had 10 points each in the victory. Amy Lewis
responded with 19 points for Australia. Marianna Tolo finished with 12 points
and 12 boards in defeat.
Czech Republic - Russia
Russia rallied to a resounding win over Czech Republic in the semifinal at the
World University Games tonight. Russia will now come face to face with the USA
in the championship game on Saturday. Czech Republic will face Australia for the
Bronze medals of the tournament.
Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) knocked down 23 points to lead Russia.
Ekaterina Lisina, Elena Danilochkina and Olga Iakovleva delivered 13 points
apiece for the winners. Katerina Elhotova responded with 17 points for Czech
Republic. Michaela Zrustova netted 14 points in the loss.
Day 6 in Belgrade. Classification Games - Jul.
5th-8th place classification games
Poland - Slovakia 75:65
Poland outscored Slovakia at the World University Games today. They will now
play for the fifth spot at the tournament against the winner of Great Britain
vs. Taiwan clash. Slovakia will fight for the 7th spot.
Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) orchestrated the win for Poland scoring 24
points and pulling down 8 rebounds.
Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency:
Promotex) added 16 points in the victory. Defense was the key to Poland
success. They forced Slovakia to 21 turnovers and limited those to 40% from the
field to celebrate victory. Poland grabbed a 4-point lead after ten minutes of
action. They continued to stay in charge in the second period despite Slovakia
trying hard to deny the deficit. A Dariusz Maciejewski team arrived at halftime
ahead by 5 points. They knocked down 25 points in the third stanza worth a
13-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Slovakia outgunned their opponents in
the fourth term but could not rescue the encounter losing at the end.
Agata Chaliburda had 11 points in the winning case.
Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college:
Penn St.) answered with 23 points and 6 boards for Slovakia. Radka Deckerova
had 11 points in the loss.
Great Britain - Taiwan 94:74 Great Britain secured one more victory at the World University Games
today. They dealt with Taiwan to set up the clash against Poland for the fifth
overall spot in the tournament. Taiwan will play versus Slovakia to decide on
the 8th-9th positions.
Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) paced balanced effort from Great Britain with 18
points and 11 rebounds. The European team outmuscled their opponents on the
glass 60:29 which proved the difference in this one.
Great Britain kicked into gear right from the start. They poured in 26 points in
the starting period to enjoy a 12-point lead at the break. Taiwan adjusted their
offense in the second frame and hit some big three-pointers to stay in
visibility. Great Britain piled up a 13-point advantage at halftime. But as the
pressure inside the paint continued to grow Taiwan could not cope. Great Britain
eased to a 24-point margin at the final intermission. They never looked back in
the fourth period and claimed a confident win at the end.
Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) scored 16 points, collected 10 boards and
issued 6 assists for Great Britain. Chantelle Handy finished with 15 points, 7
boards and 4 assists in the victory.
Min Fang (174-F-87) replied with 20 points for Taiwan.
9th-12th place classification games
Serbia - Japan 96:124
Japan overwhelmed Serbia in the classification games for the 9th-12th position
at the World University Games today. Japan scored wild 73 points in the second
half to upset the hosts. The Asian team will now play against the winner of
China vs. Hungary clash for the 9th place.
Mutya Mori (182-C-88) finished with 24 points to pace Japan. Akino Nakagawa
delivered 23 points in the winning effort. Japan tore the home team up from the
perimeter notching 54% of three-pointers. The Asian powerhouse also got the best
out of Serbian 23 turnovers down the stretch. The teams kept it close in a fast
first frame as Japan earned a 2-point lead at the first break. The tempo
decreased in the second stanza but Japan did not allow Serbia to take over. The
scoreboard read 51:46 for the visitors at halftime. Things got just worse for
Serbia in the third period. Japan exploded with 35 points to build an
insurmountable 19-point lead before the fourth period. Serbia had no chance of
saving this conceding deadly 38 points in the final frame. Akane Takemoto had 16
points for Japan.
Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) responded with 23 points for Serbia. Danijela Rizvic
delivered 19 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.
China - Hungary 76:64 China claimed a comfortable win over Hungary in the classification
games for the 9th-12th spots at the World University Games today.
Lin (187-86) exploded with 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for
the Asian team. China will now take on Japan in the classic rivalry. Hungary
will complete their campaign against hosting Serbia.
The teams showed some defensive havoc in the opening frame scoring eagerly.
China were more accurate scoring 30 points to take an 8-point lead into the
second stanza. The complexion of the game changed drastically in the second
frame as the stress was put on defense. And once again China were more
successful limiting their European opponents to just 7 points in the quarter. A
Ruirong Shan team ensured an 11-point lead at halftime. Hungary stormed back
into the contest right after the long break.
Vida (184-F-85) gave needed boost for the Hungarian side as they fired 28
points to clip the distance. Hungary leveled things up after three quarters of
action but could not develop the success. China put a stop on Hungarian
ambitions with a perfect defensive effort in the fourth frame. The Asian team
held their counterparts to 7 points to celebrate a solid win at the end. Song
Lulu and Liu Xin delivered 14 points apiece for China.
Vida answered with 22 points and 7 boards for Hungary. Jekatyerina
Szavercsenko netted 12 points in the loss.
Lin 33+14 boards, Song Lulu 14, Liu Xin 14 Hungary:
Vida 22, Jekatyerina Szavercsenko 12
13th-16th place classification games
France - Mozambique 75:64 France earned the second win at the World University Games today. They
held off Mozambique in the classification round for the 13th-16th spots. France
will now take on the winner of Turkey vs. Canada clash for the 13th position.
Mozambique remained winless at the tournament and would try to gain the initial
win in the clash for the 15th-16th place.
The teams got to a slow start to the game but France managed to get the upper
hand in the first frame. They outscored their African opponents to enjoy a 17:13
lead into the second stanza. A Francis Dandine team held Mozambique to 11 points
in the second frame earning a 12-point lead at halftime. Mozambique refused to
surrender though. They stepped up in the third period to turn the tables. The
African powerhouse accounted for 24 points to trim the distance to just 6 points
before the fourth quarter. France needed some extra effort to stop the bleeding
as they regained control in the fourth stanza.
Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) paced Les Bleus to the win at the end. She
finished with 15 points, 11 boards and 7 boards for the winners. Kathleen
Bourdin added 14 points for France.
Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) answered with 14 points, 11 boards, 7 steals and 5
assists for Mozambique. Aleia Rachide tallied 13 points and 9 boards in defeat.
Turkey - Canada 104:81
Turkey overcame Canada in the classification games for the 13th-16th place at
the World University Games. Turkey now set up the clash against France for the
13th overall place. Canada will wrap up their campaign in Serbia against
Turkey jumped off the blocks to build a 27:22 lead after ten minutes. The
European team continued to dominate in the second stanza scoring 30 points. They
secured a 16-point lead at halftime. Canada gradually picked up the slack in the
second half. They matched Turkey as the teams traded baskets. Turkey however did
not allow their opponents to get any closer leading by 16 points into the fourth
frame. Turkey closed the game in style earning a confident victory at the end.
Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) notched 32 points and 9 rebounds for Turkey.
Seda Tabakci added 18 points for the winners.
Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) had 24 points and 7 caroms for Canada. Kalisha
Keane finished with 15 points in defeat.
Day 5 in Belgrade
- Jul. 8, 2009
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Day 4 in Belgrade - Jul.
United States of America -Poland 75:67
USA survives against Poland in the World University Games in the first game
of Women Intermediate Round Group I . The favorites produced 75:67 to remain
Both teams had a day-off before the Intermediate Round Group I than combined
the teams from Group A and D. Even thought the USA was the real favorite of
the game, the European team struggled hard in the whole game.
The USA opened the victory with 18:17 lead and then increased to 5 points at
the halftime. The North American team added 19-15 in the second period for
37:32 halftime advantage. Poland looked very well in the game this morning.
The United States of America however kept the winning style and had 18-16 in
the third period. With 20-19 they closed the game with another win to take
2-0 record in the Intermediate Round Group I. Danielle McCray
(6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 12 points apiece.
(6'4''-F-89) had 9 points each.
(6'2''-C-85) delivered 20 points for the European team and
Great Britain-Czech Republic 83:89 OT Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World
University Games. Great Britain controlled the majority of the game but
had to admit 83:89 loss in the Women Intermediate Round Group I.
Great Britain took a 22:21 after the opening quarter and allowed the
opponent to score the same number of points in the second period. After
23-21 in it the second team from Group A had 45:42 at the halftime. The
tempo slowed down in the game as both teams produced 28 point in the
third period when Great Britain took another 16-12 deficit. They however
could no keep the score for good as Czech Republic tied the game in the
end of the fourth, not the last period. In overtime the Czechs were
stronger, 12-6 and won the game 89:83. Czech Republic shot 41% from the
filed, while Great Britain had 36%. The latter however was better
shooting from the perimeter, 43 versus 32. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88)
(183-F-88) was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners that improved
(176-G-89) posted 20,while
(190-C-85) collected 15 points and 14 boards.
(180-G/F-87) was responsible for 23 points in defeat and
(193-C) had massive 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Slovakia-Russia 36:79Russia smashed Slovakia in the Women Intermediate Round Group J of
the World University Games, Belgrade registered another victory for
Russia that enjoyed 79:36 at the end.
Two teams had a day-off in the tournament and then joined another
Group J after advancing from their Preliminary Groups. Russia was
the favorite of the game and rightfully proved the difference.
KISURIN Evgeny 's team started with 19-11 and allowed Slovakia to
score another 11 points in the second period. Russia, meanwhile
posted 21 to take 40:22 lead at the halftime. In the second period
the favorites started to ruin the defense of the opponents and
proved their superiority. Russia demonstrated 24-10 in the third
quarter and limited Slovakia to 15-4 in the last. Svetlana Makhlina
(180-G-85) paced all the winners with 14 points for 2-0 record.
(186-C-87) nailed 13, while
(167-G-87) notched 11.
(188-C-87) finished the game with 13 points and
(185-F-88) scored 10.
Russia shot 44% from the filed, while Slovakia showed only 26%.
Australia-Chinese Taipei 79:67 Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese
Taipei in the Women Intermediate Round Group J. The World University
Games saw another victory of the favorites as they beat Asian team
Australia was too good from the beginning of the game as they
grabbed the lead from the first minutes. The team from Oceania
enjoyed 28:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei
looked better in defense in the second frame and allowed the
favorites to score only 13 points. After the first half the teams
left to the lockers for 41:23 Australian advantage. Moreover the
Asian team started to play in the second half after the break.
Chinese Taipei won the third frame 25-21 and reduced to 14 points
after thirty minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei also was stronger
in the last period for 19-17 but could not stay closer to the
winners. Elyse Penaluna
(193-C-88) was unstoppable with 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead
all the scorers.
posted 12, while
(196-C-89) netted 10. CHANG Shih-Chieh poured in 15 points and LI
Wan-Ting collected 13.
France-China 78:91China improved to 2-0 record in a new-created Group G after
the victory over France. The Asian team celebrated 91:78 win
at the World University Games.
China and France both showed their scoring skills in the
opening quarter to nail 54 points in 10 minutes. The Asian
team took 30:24 and never looked back after that. They added
23-17 in the second period for 53:41 halftime lead. The most
troubles France got in the third frame when the European
team was neaten 19-28. Only in the last period France
produced 18-10 to somehow reduce the gap.
China shot 50% from the filed and France had 49%. The latter
however was better from the perimeter as they had 55% over
36%. China had 24/30 from the free throw line and France hit
HUA Lin paced all the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds
to top the group. LIU Xin nailed 23 and
Song Lulu (-G-85)
(184-C/F-87) notched 16 points and
(-G) brought 15 for France.
Aurelie Carmona 16,
Kathleen Bourdin 15 China: HUA Lin 27+12 rebs, LIU Xin 23,
Song Lulu 14
Turkey registered their first win in Women Intermediate
Round Group G that was created after the Preliminary Round
to tie Serbia at 1-1 in it. In the game between each other
Turkey won over Serbia 85:76 in the World University Games.
It was an offensive start from both teams that had some
fresh air yesterday due to day-off in the tournament. Turkey
tasted 26:22 after the opening quarter, but was caught by
the Serbs in the end of the half. Serbia used a 22-15 second
quarter to take 44:41 halftime advantage.
Turkey came back from the lockers more well-rested and
produced 23-12 in the third period. In a back-to-back last
quarter Serbia tried hard to recover but lost even the
period. Turkey needed 21-20 to win the game 85:76. Turkey
shot 46% from the field and Serbia showed 45%. Gizem Yavuz
(170-G-88) shined with 34 points for the winners for their
(191-F/C-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst
(185-F-85) had 14 points and 10 boards.
(168-G-87) notched 23 points in defeat and
(189-C-87) posted 14.
Tamara Radocaj 23,
Zorica Mitov 14
Gizem Yavuz 34,
Seda Tabakci 14+10
Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade.
Group H of the World University Games saw 81:79 European
victory in Serbia.
Hungary was better in the start of the game taking after
the opening quarter. The European team continues their
winning clash after 19-16 in the second period as well.
They enjoyed 45:33 halftime advantage and looked forward
to get their second win in Serbia. When the teams came
back from the lockers, Canada however started to reduce.
The team looked more ambitious and produced 19-12 in the
third frame. The last period became very offensive with
the teams showing great shooting skills. Canada won the
period 27-24 but lost the game 79:81. Anna Vida
(184-F-85) paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0
(176-G-86) posted 16 points and
(184-F-86) had 13.
(193-C-88) notched 13 for the North Americans and
ST.AMOUR Chanelle nailed 12.
13, ST.AMOUR Chanelle 12 Hungary:
Anna Vida 18,
Timea Czank 16,
Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the
Intermediate Round at the World University Games. The
Asian team registered 97:86 victory, however Mozambique
played their best game so far.
It was a pleasure to see that both teams looked great
after the game. Japan could celebrate their second
victory in the group, while the African team showed
great team effort with four players reaching the double
digits. Japan took 23:21 after the first 10 minutes but
did not keep the score. Mozambique exploded in the
second period and had 27-22 advantage in it. It gave
them 48:45 lead entering the third period. Japan escaped
the loss in the frame and tied the game at 68:68 after
thirty minutes of the battle. Japan needed 29-18 to
survive in the game as they won 97:86.
FUJII Miki top-scored for the winners with 20 points and
KOIKE Mariko netted 19.
(-F-87) followed them with 16 points and 5 boards.
INVOSSO Delmina erupted with 24 points and 9 rebounds
for African representative.
(169-G-85) netted 20, whilst
(184-F-85) collected 19 points and 17 rebounds in
Day 3 in Belgrade
- Jul. 4, 2009
The USA won Group A of the Preliminary Group in the University Games in
Serbia. The favorites overcame the hosts 84:50 to take 3-0 record. As it was
the last game of the group the United States of America made a great gift
for themselves for July 4th Independence Day.
The USA started with 20:14 in the opening quarter and never looked back
after that. The North American team produced 23-12 to take 15 points
advantage at the halftime. There was no time the team slowed down in the
game as the winners showed great effort from the beginning until the end.
Serbia tried to play well with the home support, but could not match the
favorites. The USA made 19-11 in the third period and finished the game with
22-13 in the last quarter. Charli Turner Thorne 's team shot
48% from the filed, while Serbia showed 36%. The guests were also better
from the perimeter and free throw line. Tina Charles
(6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 17 points,while
(5'6''-G-87) followed her with 12 points apiece.
(6'2''-F/C-87) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and
(6'3''-C-87) posted 6.
France-Great Britain 56:80 Great Britain outscored France to finish second in Group A of the
University Games in Serbia. The team won all the quarters over France to
seal 80:56 victory.
After Great Britain surprised the hosts of the tournament, the win over
France was expected. It was a big third quarter on Friday evening in
Belgrade before the British team eventually pulled away from the French,
having led by only nine at the half 33:24. An outstanding third period
brought the winners 32-19 and then Great Britain added 15-13 in the last
period. France did not look that good, however tried hard all the time.
Great Britain had an outstanding night on the glass hauling in 56
rebounds and were again confident from the foul line, making 22 of their
25 free throws. Johannah Leedham
(180-G/F-87) paced all the winners with 18 points as her team finished
with 2-1 record.
(175-G-90) nailed 16 points apiece.
(184-C/F-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and
(184-F/C-91) had 11. France finished the group with 0-3 record.
11 Great Britain:Johannah Leedham
Australia won Group C of the University Games in Belgrade as
they beat Canada 80:50 in the last game of the group. The
favorites improved to 3-0 record, while Canada fell at 0-3.
The favorites easily opened the game with 23:10 and even did not
think of slowing down. Another quarter brought them 15-11 and 17
points advantage at the halftime. Australia looked better in the
second half as well and produced 19-13 in the third quarter.
With 23-16 the team from Oceania overcame the North American
representative to take the top place in the group. Emma Langford
(188-F-89) led the winners with 15 points for 3-0 record.
Amy Lewis (175-G-86,
Troy) nailed 14, while
Sarah Graham (163-G-89)
(193-C-88) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while
Clouthier Carolann netted 11.
Australia shot 44% from the filed and Canada had 34%. Canada
however shot better from the perimeter as they showed 50% versus
Slovakia-Japan 90:88 The game between Slovakia and Japan became the top one in the
group as the teams struggled for the second spot. The European
side grabbed 90:88 to finish second in Group C with 2-1 record.
That was really a real thriller in the court. Japan went on a
21-17 lead, but could not keep the score for good even at the
halftime. With 25-15 Slovakia came back into the game and took
42:36 halftime advantage. The game was not over for the Asian
team as they produced 27-24 in the third period. In a
back-to-back last period Japan won 25-24, however could not tie
the game. Slovakia celebrated the second win to advance from the
group. Romana Vynuchalova
paced all the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
(185-F-88) collected 18 points and 21 rebounds, while
(181-F-85) had 13.
(-F-87) finished the night with 20 points for Japan that
finished the group with 1-2 record.
(180-G-87) scored 17 and OTAKA Saori notched 15.
GROUP CRussia-Chinese Taipei 75:43 Russia finished on the top place in Group C and remained
undefeated in the University Games in Serbia. The
favorites overcame Chinese Taipei 75:43 and advanced to
the next round. The latter finished with 2-1 record and
will continue the campaign as well.
Novi Belgrade Sports Hall saw 26:13 from the Russian
team that started to dominate the court from the very
beginning. It became clear at the halftime that Russia
would be difficult to stop. They had 19-8 to finish the
second period and to have 45:22 advantage. Russia added
19-9 in the third period to answer for all the questions
in the game. Chinese Taipei managed to win the last
frame and lost the game 75:43. Boris Sokolovskiy
's team showed 51% from the field, while Chinese Taipei
had only 27%. The latter however was better from the
free throw line to score 4/5, while Russia had 10/13.
(186-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and
(191-C-86), Yakovleva Olga and
(182-G-86) Evgenia followed her with 12 points each.
CHEN Yu-Chun ended up with 10 points in defeat and CHANG
Ning nailed 8. Russia:Maria
Cherepanova 13+14 rebs,
12, Yakovleva Olga 12,
12 Chinese Taipei: CHEN Yu-Chun 10, CHANG Ning
Hungary-Mozambique 84:50 Hungary won the only game in Group C as they rolled over
Mozambique in the University Games in Serbia. The
European team produced 84:50 to finish with 1-2 record,
while Mozambique remained winless with 0-3.
Both teams lost the first two games of the group and
hoped to better their positions in the game between each
other. Hungary started well and proved the ambitions for
the whole game. European team opened the game with 20:10
and increased the lead to 13 more points at the
halftime. After 27-14, Hungary enjoyed 47:24 deficit.
Nothing had changed in the third period as Hungary
controlled the entire game. They produced 18-10 to have
31 points advantage over the opponent. In the last
period Mozambique scored more points than in any other
period, however still was not enough to reach Hungary
16-19. As a total it gave Hungary 84:50 victory and
third place in the group. Jekatyerina Szavercsenko
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paced all the winners with 14 points apiece and
(178-G-86) netted 13.
(184-F-85) collected 26 points and 12 rebounds for
African team and
(183-C-91) scored 11.
GROUP DTurkey-China 55:83 China won the only game in Group D of in the University
Games in Serbia to remain Turkey winless. The Asian team
erupted in the last period to beat Turkey 83:55.
In the game of two winless teams before the game with
each other, two of them tried to better their position
in the group. China grabbed 19:14 from the start and
managed to add two more points at the halftime. Both
squads left the court for the lockers as the Asian team
kept 39:32 advantage. In the third period the battle
continues in the court with China trying to move on and
Turkey to catch up with the opponent. The period did not
bring any luck as they both nailed 16. Only in the last
quarter China found its game they used to play and
produced 28-7 to win the game.
China showed better percentage from the filed as they
shot 47% versus 34% from Turkey.
Liu Xing was unstoppable with 28 points and 11 rebounds.
HUA Lin had also a great night with 24 points and 12
(-G-85) scored 12.
(191-F/C-87) was responsible for 13 points in defeat and
(-86) added 10.
Poland-Czech Republic 71:84 Czech Republic overcame Poland in Group D of in the
University Games in Serbia. Both European teams were
undefeated before the game with each other, while now
Czech Republic had 84:71 to win the group.
Czech Republic took the lead from the first minutes and
made 25:16 after the opening quarter. The Czechs
controlled more of the game and even looked better in
the second period. After 23-17 in the second frame the
winners increased their lead to 15 points. Poland did
not give up and responded with 19-17 in the third
quarter to trail 13 with 10 minutes in the game. Poland
made another push to save the game but Czech Republic
was satisfied with 19-19 in the last stanza to win
84:71. Kamila Stepanova
(191-C-88) was unstoppable with 23 points and 10
(176-G-89) netted 14, while
(176-G-85) posted 12.
(188-C-85) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds for
Poland that finished the group with 2-1 record.
UTEP) had 17
points and 10 boards, whilst
Even though Poland lost the game the team showed better
percentage from the filed, 42% versus 35%.
Serbia kept France winless in Day 2 of the University Games. The hosts of
the tournament celebrated the first victory after 96:54 in Novi Belgrade
The home side opened the game with 19-12 and tried to rebalanced after the
loss in the opener. Serbia pushed the tempo for good in the second quarter
and had 18-13 in it. The teams left the court for the break when the board
showed 37:25, but it did not promise the hosts an easy second half. Serbia
however proved it from the first minutes of the third quarter and finished
the frame with 29-16. In the last quarter the teas were just killing the
time as the result was known long time ago. Serbia added another 30-13 in
the last stanza and won the game over France.
IVIC Sladan ' s team showed 56% from the field and France had 32%. The
latter was horrible from the three-point line as they made only 1/21 shots.
(181-G-87) led the winners with 17 points for 1-1 record.
(170-G-87) nailed 13 and
(184-F-87) had 12.
(184-C/F-87) finished the night with 20 points in the losing effort, while
MENDY Guiday collected 13 points and 10 rebounds.
France will face Great Britain in the last game of the group, while Serbia
will take on USA.
USA - Great Britain 93:59 The USA earned the second
consecutive win at the start of the World University Games.
Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) (6'4''-C-88) notched
17 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to lift the USA selection past Great
The British team came up with a loud surprise in the first round
upsetting hosting Serbia. But they could not match the physical style of
play imposed by the North American outfit. The USA outrebounded their
opponents 55:30 and forced Great Britain into massive 28 turnovers.
The US team opened the game aggressively ensuring a 20-point lead after
ten minutes of action. The onslaught continued in the second frame as
the USA cleared off to a 27-point margin at halftime. They seemed to be
cruising to the win in the latter stages but Great Britain almost
repeated the scenario of their first encounter. They challenged the
sloppy USA players in the third stanza and forced them to work hard to
escape with the win.
Jantel Lavender and
some timely baskets to silence their opponents. The USA entered the
final frame ahead by 33 points and never looked back en route to the
dropped 15 points for the USA.
(6'6''-C-89) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort.
(5'11''-G/F-87) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for
(6'3''-G-87) had 10 points in defeat.
Australia grabbed the second straight win at the World
University Games. They held off Slovakia in Pool B today.
(193-C-88) was unstoppable with 22 points, 18 boards, 2
steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists for the Aussies. Australia
topped the group, while Slovakia slipped at 1-1 record in
the second position.
Australia notched 21 points in the opening frame worth a
5-point lead at the first break. The gap grew at 9 points at
halftime as Australia maintained the pressure. They were
much better on the glass and held Slovakia to under 40%
accuracy from the field. Australia did not slow down after
the main break. They tightened defense and Slovakia managed
only 14 points in the quarter as the Aussies opened up a
14-point advantage. Slovakia won the final stanza but could
not deny the deficit and had to surrender.
dropped 13 points, while
(196-C-89) had 11 points and 9 boards in the victory.
answered with 20 points for Slovakia.
(185-C-89) finished with 9 points in defeat.
Australia will face Canada, while Slovakia play against
Japan - Canada 90:78 Japan celebrated the initial win at the World University Games in
Serbia. They held off Canada in the second round of action in preliminary
Group B. Japan improved at 1-1 record, while sending Canada at 0-2 at the
bottom of the ladder.
Naoko Hattori (-88)
tallied 23 points and 12 boards to lead Japan. Miki Fujii topscored with 24
points in the victory.
(185-F-89) replied with 20 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Japan dominated in the first half. They came up with their trademark
long-range artillery to systematically upset Canada. The Asian outfit built
a 19:14 lead into the second period. Japan maintained the tempo and
accounted for 25 points in the second stanza to lead by as many as 10 points
at halftime. The teams eagerly exchanged the baskets in the third frame as
Japan managed to run away to a 14-point distance. As the options were
running dry Canada became more aggressive and finally started things
rolling. They outscored Japan but could not overcome the deficit and lost
the battle at the end. Akino Nakagawa
(180-G-87) scored 12 points for the winners.
(178-G) chipped in 17 points for Canada.
Hungary-Russia 60:82 Russia moved to 2-0 in Group C of the University Games in Serbia.
The team easily won another game to remain undefeated and to be one
of the favorites for the total success. Russia overcame Hungary
82:60 and left them winless at 0-2.
Russia took control of the game from the very beginning and opened
the game with 21:10 after the first quarter. Hungary scored more
than they had in the first period, but it was not still enough to
stay on race with Russia. After 24-22 in the second frame the
favorites had 45:32 advantage. In the third period Russia produced
24-11 to feel more comfortable at the end of the game. Even though
Hungary won the last period 17-13, Russia triumphed ion the game.
Boris Sokolovskiy 's team
showed 45% from the field, while Hungary had 34%. Elena Danilochkina
(184-G-86) paced all the winners with 13 points and
Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86)
Yakovleva Olga followed
them with 11 points and
Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87)
Anna Vida (184-F-85) ended
up with 22 points in the losing case, while
Reka Fejes (186-F-87)
Chinese Taipei will face now Russia in the game for the first place
in the group. Mozambique and Hungary will play for the initial
victory in Group C.
Mozambique - Chinese Taipei 62:73
Mozambique lost the second game in the University Games in Belgrade.
The African team tried hard for the initial victory however lost to
Chinese Taipei 62:73.
Chinese Taipei started the game with 24:15 and showed good
percentage from the field. It was difficult to see the real leader
in the team as all the players contributed into the lead. Asian team
produced 20-17 in the second period to take 44:32 halftime
advantage. When the squads came back from the lockers the situation
remained the same in the court. Chinese Taipei made 19-14 in the
third quarter and solved the game result after thirty minutes of the
game. Mozambique could win the last period as they rolled over the
opponent, 16-10. As a total Chinese Taipei won the second straight
game in the University Games in Belgrade.
HUANG Ping-Jen and CHEN Yu-Chun top-scored for the winners with 16
Li Wan Tin collected 15
points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Aleia Rachide (184-F-85)
ended up with 26 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort.
(183-C-91) notched 12 and COACHENE Tania scored 9.
Chinese Taipei will face now Russia in the game for the first place
in the group. Mozambique and Hungary will play for the initial
victory in Group C.
GROUP DChina-Czech Republic 71:101 Czech Republic improved to 2-0 record in Group D of the
University Games in Belgrade after the second straight
victory. The European team overcame China 101:71 and
sent them to 0-2.
Czech Republic was the favorite of the game and proved
it from the very beginning. The European team created a
27:18 lead after the ten minutes and never looked
behind. In the second period the team added 24-15 to
take 51:33 halftime advantage. China bounced back with
27-23 in the third period, but could not catch up with
the opponent. Czech Republic finished the game with
27-11 to seal the second victory in Serbia. Katerina Elhotova
(176-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, 8
rebounds and 6 assists.
(191-C-88) nailed 16 each in a win. ZHAI Huan and HUA
Lin brought China 16 points each and
(-G-85) scored 14.
BENES Ivan's team showed 56% from the filed, while China
had 32%. The European side was also better in free throw
and three-point percentages.
In Day 3 China will face Turkey for the initial victory
in Group D. Czech Republic will play against Poland for
the top position in the group.
Turkey-Poland 74:80 Malgorzata Babicka
scored 16 points for Poland that remained undefeated in the
University Games in Serbia. Turkey tried hard to upset the Polish
team but failed at 74:80.
The start of the game was easy for Poland that took 26:9 lead after
the opening quarter. The favorites managed to keep the lead at the
halftime winning another period 19-18. As a total after two periods
Poland enjoyed 45:27 advantage.
In the second half Turkey however proposed their own game and
started to catch up with the opponent. A 25-16 in the third frame
lifted them up to 52:61 and still 10 minutes to go. Turkey played
also better in the fourth period but could not tie the game. A 22-19
in the last stanza gave 74:80 on the board as Poland remained
undefeated in the University Games in Serbia. Kasia Krezel
with 12 points apiece.Gizem
Yavuz (170-G-88) ended up with 18 points as
Turkey is 0-2 in the group.
(-86) scored 17 and
(191-F/C-87) brought her team 15 points.
In Day 3 China will face Turkey for the initial victory in Group D.
Czech Republic will play against Poland for the top position in the
Day 1 in Belgrade - Jul.
USA - France 115:30
Five players scored in double figures as the USA rallied past France in the
World University Games opener for both teams. It was the game in preliminary
Group A and the USA left not a single chance for their European opponents.
France accounted for only 19 points in the first three quarters to lag behind by
massive numbers. The United States coasted to the win in the fourth period as
Tina Charles (193-C-88) completed the game with 18 points and 6 boards.
Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) and
Jacinta Monroe (193-F/C-88) added 16 points apiece for the winners.
The US team raced to a 35:7 lead after ten minutes. Things never brightened up
for France in the second stanza as they canned only 8 points to trail by 41 at
halftime. The North American team kept on rolling confidently in the second half
piling up their advantage. The scoreboard read 84:19 at the end of the third
quarter. France finally overcame 10-point mark in the fourth term but could not
adjust defense conceding 31 points to suffer a major blow. Tiffany Hayes tallied
15 points and 5 steals.
Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) replied with 7 points for France.
Emmanuelle Gorjeu (-G) finished with 5 points in the losing case.
USA outrebounded France 48:21 and forced the Europeans to deadly 44 turnovers.
France also shot 27% from the field and allowed the USA to come up with 54
steals down the stretch.
Great Britain - Serbia 76:67
Great Britain came up with quite unexpected victory over the European powerhouse
Serbia in the opening day of the World University Games. The teams closed the
first round action in Pool A and Great Britain upset Serbia in Belgrade. The
visitors trailed by 12 points at halftime but managed to come back from behind
to post the initial win at the tournament.
Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) poured in 27 points to pace Great Britain.
Serbia could not overcome massive 27 turnovers during the game.
The hosts grabbed the lead early on and eased to an 18:14 advantage after ten
minutes of action. The gap grew at 12 points at halftime as Serbia seemed in
control. But Great Britain turned the tables in the second half. They went on a
14:5 run to open the period. The visitors swept Serbia 24:7 in the third term to
surge in front after thirty minutes of action. Serbia looked doomed at this
point and had nothing to come up with in the final quarter. Great Britain
spurred to the victory at the end.
Chantelle Handy (191-G-87) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds for the
Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) replied with 14 points and 9 boards for Serbia.
Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) delivered 12 points in the losing effort.
Australia - Japan 112:69
Australia got to the winning start of the World University Games in Serbia. They
toppled Japan in preliminary Group B game today.
Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) topscored with 21 points and 9 rebounds for
Australia in the victory.
The Aussies unloaded 33 points in the opening frame to clear off. They piled up
a 13-point cushion to cruise comfortably in the second stanza. Australia never
slowed down in the second stanza as they accounted for 61 points in the first
half. It was worth a 22-point cushion at halftime.
Lewis (175-G-86, college:
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) continued to pace the Australian team after the
major break. Japan could not match the tempo and found themselves down by 30
points heading into the final period. The Asian team never rebounded in the
final frame as Australia coasted to a comfortable victory at the end.
Lewis finished with 18 points.
Marianna Tolo ensured 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Saori Otaka
replied with 17 points for Japan.
Mutya Mori (182-C-88) added 12 points in the loss.
Australia will face Slovakia, while Japan will take on Canada tomorrow.
Slovakia - Canada 85:79
Slovakia accounted for the first win at the World University Games today. They
prevailed against Canada to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Slovakia looked
better early in the game as they claimed a 24:17 lead after ten minutes of
action. Canada tried to stay aggressive in the paint but struggled in offense
committing too many turnovers and misses. Slovakia kept the North American team
at bay in the second quarter taking an 11-point lead at the interval. Canada
tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third frame. They opened
the period with a 12:2 rally to trim the deficit. Canada surged ahead midway
through the period but could not keep up the tempo. Slovakia restored the lead
late in the quarter heading into the final frame up by 5 points. Canada could
not threaten the margin in the final stanza as Slovakia ran away for the
Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) knocked down 22 points to pace Slovak
Kmetova (188-C-87) added 14 points, while
Patricia Cizmarova (173-F-86) managed 11 points and 6 boards in the win.
Kelsey Hodgson (178-G) replied with 20 points for Canada.
Kalisha Keane (185-F-89) dropped 14 points and collected 7 boards in the
Slovakia will next face Australia, while Canada will play against Japan
Russia - Mozambique 105:52
Russia celebrated the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They
overwhelmed Mozambique in preliminary Group C opener.
Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) notched 23 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for
the winners. Russia grabbed the lead early on and cruised to a 36:13 advantage
at the first break. The tempo slowed down in the second frame but Russia still
kept their African counterparts at bay.
Evgenia Belyakova and
Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency:
Management) secured a 30-point buffer for Russia at halftime. Mozambique
tried to turn the tables right after the main break as they played more
aggressively forcing Russia to several turnovers. Mozambique traded baskets with
their opponents in the third frame but could not get any closer. The European
team entered the final stanza ahead by 33 points and never looked back en route
to the victory. Olga
Iakovleva produced 17 points for Russia.
Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) contributed 15 points, while Bokareva notched
14 points and 7 boards in the winning effort.
Aleia Rachide replied with 16 points and 6 boards for Mozambique.
Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) had 9 points in the loss.
Russia outrebounded Mozambique 46:35 and forced those to as many as 22
turnovers. The African team sank only 27% of field goals, while Russian
Universiade selection accounted for 55% from the field. Russia will play against
Hungary, while Mozambique will be opposed by Chinese Taipei tomorrow.
Taiwan - Hungary 73:64
Taiwan celebrated the opening win at the World University Games in Serbia. They
cruised past Hungary in Group C encounter. The Asian team used a 29:13 rally in
the second frame to stun their opponents. Hungary could not recover in the
second half and suffered the initial loss at the tournament.
Chang Shih Chieh (172-G-86) knocked down 15 points, issued 6 assists and
made 5 steals to lift Taiwan to the victory. Taiwan and Hungary exchanged
baskets in the starting frame as the teams looked balanced. The Asian team
earned a slender 16:14 lead into the second frame before unleashing a decisive
spurt. They came up with a barrage of three-pointer to sink the Europeans.
Taiwan opened up a double-digit advantage as they finished the first half 45:27
in front. Hungary showed character in the third frame as they limited their
opponents to just 10 points. The defensive effort allowed Hungary to clip the
margin by 9 points. But Taiwan picked up the slack in the final frame and hung
on to the win the battle. Wu
Min Fang (174-F-87) and Chen Yu Chun dropped 12 points apiece for Taiwan.
Wan-Ting Li had 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
Jekatyerina Szavercsenko (180-G/F-86, agency:
Vinko Services) replied with 16 points for Hungary.
Timea Czank (176-G-86) canned 13 points in defeat.
China - Poland 73:83
Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift
Poland to the starting win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They
outgunned China in the preliminary Group D encounter.
Kasia Krezel (185-G-85, college:
UTEP) notched 14 points for the winners.
Poland grabbed a 13-point lead after the opening frame courtesy of 27-point
tally from the European side. Polish stayed on fire offensively as they easily
maintained the winning margin. Poland secured a 50:33 cushion at the interval.
China however speeded up in the third frame. They poured in 25 points and
trimmed the distance to just 7 points heading into the fourth period. Poland had
to rely on some physical game as they dominated the paint to keep China at
distance. The European team eked out a tough victory at the end.
Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college:
UTEP) had 10 points, 14 boards and 5 assists for Poland. Lin Hua responded
with 22 points and 11 boards for China.
Song Lulu (-G-85) contributed 20 points in defeat.
Poland outrebounded China 45:35 and limited the Asian team to 38% of field
goals. China will next face Czech Republic, while Poland will take on Turkey in
Czech Republic - Turkey 107:55
Czech Republic secured the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade.
They stormed past Turkey in the preliminary Group D.
Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) dropped 19 points and made 7 steals to pace
Michaela Zrustova (183-F-87) produced 17 points for the winners. Czech
Republic looked better in almost every facet of the game and posted a
well-deserved win at the end. An Ivan Benes team shot 63% from the field and
outrebounded their opponents 41:33 in the win.
Czech Republic entered the game confidently building a 9-point lead at the first
intermission. They maintained the firm grip on the initiative in the second
period notching a 21-point advantage at halftime. Czech Republic opened the
third frame with nine consecutive points to earn a comfortable 30-point cushion
and never looked back en route to the win.
Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) knocked down 13 points for the winners.
Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) replied with 15 points for Turkey.
Tugba Talaslioglu (-86) had 7 points in the losing case. Czech Republic will
take on China in the second round of action. Turkey will try to rebound when
they face Poland tomorrow.
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