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World University Games Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Russia
 3. Australia
 4. Czech Repu.
 5. Poland
 6. U.Kingdom
 7. Taiwan
 8. Slovakia
 9. Japan
 10. China
 11. Serbia
 12. Hungary
 13. Turkey
 14. France
 15. Canada
 16. Mozambiq.

World University Games Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. Czech Repu. 2-1 
 3. Poland 1-2 
 4. U.Kingdom 0-3 
Group F
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Australia 2-1 
 3. Taiwan 1-2 
 4. Slovakia 0-3 
Group G
 1. Serbia 2-1 
 2. China 2-1 
 3. France 1-2 
 4. Turkey 1-2 
Group H
 1. Hungary 3-0 
 2. Japan 2-1 
 3. Canada 1-2 
 4. Mozambiq. 0-3 
World University Games Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 2-1 
 3. Serbia 1-2 
 4. France 0-3 
Group B
 1. Australia 3-0 
 2. Slovakia 2-1 
 3. Japan 1-2 
 4. Canada 0-3 
Group C
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Taiwan 2-1 
 3. Hungary 1-2 
 4. Mozambiq. 0-3 
Group D
 1. Czech Repu. 3-0 
 2. Poland 2-1 
 3. China 1-2 
 4. Turkey 0-3
Points Per Game
 Lin HUA
  (187--86)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Hua, CHN23.7 
 2. Zurowska, POL20.3 
 3. Leedham, ENG18.9 
 4. Rachide, MOZ18.9 
 5. Penaluna, AUS18.1 
 6. Elhotova, CZE18.0 
 7. Charles, USA16.1 
 8. Bakircioglu, TUR16.0 
 9. Krezel, POL16.0 
 10. Vida, H.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justyna ZUROWSKA
  (188-C-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Zurowska, POL12.7 
 2. Penaluna, AUS12.6 
 3. Rachide, MOZ12.4 
 4. Tetemondova, SVK11.1 
 5. Hua, CHN10.9 
 6. Tolo, AUS10.3 
 7. Piekarska, POL10.0 
 8. Hattori, JPN10.0 
 9. Stewart, ENG9.3 
 10. Stjepanovic, S.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fan-Shan HUANG
  (174-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Huang, TAI5.0 
 2. Ohtaka, JPN4.8 
 3. Yavuz, TUR4.7 
 4. Liu, CHN4.0 
 5. Macamo, MOZ3.7 
 6. Robinson, USA3.3 
 7. Czubak, POL3.3 
 8. Li, TAI3.2 
 9. Leedham, ENG3.1 
 10. Leedham, E.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Amelia MACAMO
  (169-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Macamo, MOZ3.3 
 2. Fujii, JPN3.0 
 3. Ohtaka, JPN2.8 
 4. Musovic, SRB2.7 
 5. Chang, TAI2.5 
 6. Leedham, ENG2.4 
 7. Elhotova, CZE2.4 
 8. Robinson, USA2.3 
 9. Chen, TAI2.2 
 10. Huang, T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Izabela PIEKARSKA
  POL
  (196-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Piekarska, POL2.7 
 2. Lisina, RUS2.0 
 3. Bokareva, RUS1.7 
 4. Vynuchalova, SVK1.6 
 5. Tomlinson, AUS1.5 
 6. Mori, JPN1.4 
 7. Tolo, AUS1.3 
 8. Stjepanovic, SRB1.1 
 9. Elhotova, CZE1.1 
 10. Li, T.1.0 


USA won World University Games 2009 Championship

USA University National Team 2009
Gray-LawsonGray-Lawson
Gray-Lawson
HayesHayes
Hayes
CharlesCharles
Charles
MonroeMonroe
Monroe
LavenderLavender
Lavender
4 Ashley Houts (5'6''-G-87) of University of Georgia
5 Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-G-87) of Uni. of California
6 Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87) of University of Kansas
7 Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G) of The University of Oklahoma
8 Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G) of University of Connecticut
9 Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) of University of Connecticut
10 Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G) of Stanford University
11 Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) of Stanford University
12 Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of University of Connecticut
13 Jacinta Monroe (6'4''-F/C-88) of Florida State University
14 Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) of Ohio State University

15 Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) of Xavier University
Head Coach: Charli Turner Thorne
Assistant Coach: Julie Rousseau


Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Awards 2009 - Jul. 23, 2009 

1st Team 2009
CharlesCharles
Charles
BelyakovaBelyakova
Belyakova
PenalunaPenaluna
Penaluna
McCrayMcCray
McCray
ZurowskaZurowska
Zurowska

Best Player: Tina Charles (193-C-88) of USA
Best Guard: Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) of Russia
Best Forward: Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) of Australia * played also at center position
Best Center: Tina Charles (193-C-88) of USA

1st Team
G: Evgenia Belyakova (182-G-86) of Russia
G/F: Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87) of USA
F/C: Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) of Australia
C/F: Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) of Poland
C: Tina Charles (193-C-88) of USA

2nd Team
PG: Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) of Czech Rep.
SG: Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) of Russia
G/F: Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) of United Kingdom
F/C: Hua Lin (187-C/F-86) of China
C: Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) of USA

3rd Team
PG: Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-G-87) of USA
G: Huang Fan-Shan (174-G-87) of Taiwan
F: Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) of Czech Rep.
F: Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) of Slovakia
C: Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) of Russia

Honorable Mention
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) of Australia
Saori Ohtaka (170-F-88) of Japan
Akane Takemoto (-F-87) of Japan
Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) of Serbia
Anna Vida (184-F-85) of Hungary
Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) of Turkey
Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) of France
Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) of Mozambique

Finals in Belgrade - Jul. 11, 2009 
Final
USA - Russia 83:64

The US World University selection triumphed in Belgrade. They defeated Russian counterparts in the championship game to take gold medals. Tina Charles (193-C-88) was unstoppable for the USA. She tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds to propel a Charli Turner Thorne team to the big success. The USA kept their unblemished record from start to finish winning all of their games in Belgrade. Russia could not match the USA and had to surrender in the decider. But the game was not an easy one for the champions. Russia led by 2 points at the first intermission. The USA had to stiffen their defense in the second period to pull in front. They limited Russia to 9 points in the second stanza to accumulate an 8-point advantage at the interval. The USA poured in 25 points in the third quarter to clear off to a 17-point distance at three-quarter time. Russia tried hard to deny the deficit but the USA stayed calm and rolled to a comfortable win at the end.
Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) finished with 14 points for the winners. Kayla Pederson had 11 points and 9 boards for the USA. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM Management) responded with 18 points for Russia. Elena Danilochkina delivered 13 points in defeat. The USA outrebounded their opponents 52:32 and limited those to 36% from the field.

USA: Tina Charles 28+18 boards, Jantel Lavender 14, Kayla Pederson 11
Russia: Olga Iakovleva 18, Elena Danilochkina 13

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.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 28+16 boards, Marianna Tolo 19, Chantella Perera 18
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 24, Romana Hejdova 17

5-6 spot
Poland - Great Britain 79:74
Poland claimed the fifth spot at the World University Games in Belgrade. They defeated Great Britain in a nail-biting affair to occupy the position. Katarzyna Krezel (185-G-85) knocked down 29 points to lead Poland to an overtime victory. Justyna Zurowska provided 22 points and 21 boards for the winners.
Poland led by 2 points at the first change but could not keep up the pace in the second period. Great Britain took over and denied the deficit. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) paced Great Britain as they grabbed a 37:32 lead at the interval. Poland used the long break to recover and fired from all guns in the third period. They turned a 5-point deficit into a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. But similarly to the first half a Dariusz Maciejewski team ran out of steam in the second part of the half. Great Britain reduced the margin and tied the score to send game into overtime. But Poland survived the challenge as Katarzyna Krezel and Justyna Zurowska did their best to secure a tough win at the end.
Izabela Piekarska added 13 points for the winners. Johannah Leedham responded with 24 points for Great Britain. Azania Stewart had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Poland: Katarzyna Krezel 29, Justyna Zurowska 22+21 boards, Izabela Piekarska 13
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 24, Azania Stewart 16

7-8 spot
Taiwan - Slovakia 79:76 (2OT)

Taiwan clinched the 7th spot at the World University Games. They wrapped up their campaign in Serbia against Slovakia. The game turned into a real basketball thriller as Taiwan eked out the victory in the second extra period. The Asian team trailed by one at the end of the first frame. They recovered in the second stanza and grabbed a 36:33 lead at halftime. Slovakia dominated the third frame as they reigned on the glass and eased to a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. Taiwan found the way to answer as they limited their European opponents to 9 points in the final term and forced overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winner as the teams accounted for 8 points apiece. But Taiwan scored 9 in the second overtime which proved just enough for an exhausting victory at the end.
Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) netted 20 points to pace Taiwan. Huang Ping-Jen added 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the win. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 17 points and 19 rebounds for Slovakia. Eva Kmetova dropped 16 points and collected 12 boards in the loss.
Slovakia outrebounded their opponents 64:32 but sank just 33% from the field. The European team also committed deadly 31 turnovers down the stretch.

Taiwan: Chen Yu-Chun 20, Huang Ping-Jen 14, Li Wan-Ting 13
Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 17+19 boards, Eva Kmetova 16+12 boards

9-10 spot
Japan - China 91:86

Japan clinched the ninth place at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off China as both teams completed their Universiade campaigns. Japan had to overcome a 7-point halftime deficit to celebrate a tough win at the end. Saori Ohtaka (170-F-88) tallied 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds to lift Japan to the victory.
A Toshinobu Sato team got the better start to the game. They registered a 29:24 lead after a high-flying first quarter. But China turned the tables in the second stanza closing out their defense. They limited their archrivals to only 11 points in the quarter and turned the deficit into a 7-point lead at the long break. Japan reestablished their offensive threat in the third quarter. They poured in 28 points in the period to get back in the drivers seat. China kept it within striking distance throughout the final stanza but failed to save the game and finished in the tenth position.
Miki Fujii came up with 17 points for Japan. Mutya Mori and TAkemoto had 16 points apiece in the win. Hua Lin (187-86) answered with game-high 30 points and 17 boards for China. Zhao Tangwei had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Japan: Saori Ohtaka 19, Miki Fujii 17, Mutya Mori 16, Akane Takemoto 16
China: Hua Lin 30+17 boards, Zhao Tangwei 18+11 boards

11-12 spot
Serbia - Hungary 81:67
Serbia finished their World University campaign with win. They outgunned Hungary to complete the home tournament at the 11th place. Hungary clinched the 12th overall position. Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) led balanced effort from the home side with 14 points and 8 boards. Serbia used a 26:18 first frame to build a decisive lead in this one. Hungary sparked the intrigue in the second period closing on the gap and trailing by just 2 points at halftime. But the hosts survived the threat. They maintained the margin throughout the third period and entered the final stanza ahead by 5 points. Hungary netted only 12 points in the final quarter and lost the battle at the end. Danijela Rizvic nailed 12 points, pulled down 6 boards and issued 4 assists for Serbia. Jovana Rad and Biljana Stjepanovic finished with 10 points each for the winners. Anna Vida (184-F-85) answered with 16 points for Hungary. Reka Fejes had 13 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Serbia outrebounded their opponents 38:28 and sank impressive 53% from the field. Hungary answered with just 40% field goal accuracy.

Serbia: Zorica Mitov 14, Danijela Rizvic 12, Jovana Rad 10, Biljana Stjepanovic 10
Hungary: Anna Vida 16, Reka Fejes 13


Day 7 in Belgrade. Semifinals  - Jul. 9, 2009 
Semifinal USA - Australia 81-66
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 on Saturday. 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 64-107
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. 8, 2009 
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.

Poland: Justyna Zurowska 24, Malgorzata Babicka 16, Agata Chaliburda 11
Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 23, Radka Deckerova 11

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. Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) replied with 20 points for Taiwan.

Great Britain: Laura K. Butters 18+11 boards, Johannah Leedham 16+10 boards, Chantelle Handy 15
Taiwan: Wu Min Fang 20, Huang Ping Jen 10

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.

Serbia: Jovana Rad 23, Danijela Rizvic 19
Japan: Mutya Mori 24, Akino Nakagawa 23, Akane Takemoto 16

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. Hua 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. Anna 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. Anna Vida answered with 22 points and 7 boards for Hungary. Jekatyerina Szavercsenko netted 12 points in the loss.

China: Hua Lin 33+14 boards, Song Lulu 14, Liu Xin 14
Hungary: Anna 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.

France: Aurelie Carmona 15+11 boards, Kathleen Bourdin 14, Giuday Mendy 13
Mozambique: Amelia Macamo 14+11 boards, Aleia Rachide 13

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 Mozambique.
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.

Turkey: Melike Bakircioglu 32, Seda Tabakci 18, Gulnur Sandallioglu 12
Canada: Laurelle Weigl 24, Kalisha Keane 15


Day 5 in Belgrade  - Jul. 8, 2009 
Group E
Poland - Great Britain 74:64
Poland defeated Great Britain to open action at the World University Games today. The victory marked the first success for Poland at the second stage of the tournament. Great Britain in the meantime suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 0-3 record in Group E. Poland had to deal with first half deficit before coming out as winners in this one. Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) scored 18 points to lead Polish selection.
Great Britain grabbed a narrow lead after a low-scoring first frame 12:10. The teams increased the speed in the second term exchanging baskets. The British team managed to maintain the margin as they arrived at halftime ahead by 2 points. But Kasia Krezel and Malgorzata Babicka helped Poland to turn the tables in the second half. Poland fired 22 points in the third stanza limiting their opponents to just 11. Poland therefore entered the fourth period ahead by 9 points and never surrendered their lead to escape winners from this one. Kasia Krezel knocked down 17 points for Poland. Justyna Zurowska had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) replied with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for Great Britain. Azania Stewart finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. United Kingdom will face Taiwan, while Poland will play against Slovakia in the classification games for the 5th-8th spots tomorrow.

Poland: Malgorzata Babicka 18, Kasia Krezel 17, Justyna Zurowska 16+14 boards
Great Britain: Laura K. Butters 10, Azania Stewart 9

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.

USA: Tina Charles 20, Danielle McCray 15, Tiffany Hayes 13
Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 18, Katerina Elhotova 12

Group F
Taiwan - Slovakia 75:65

Taiwan claimed the first win at the second stage of the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Slovakia to clinch the third spot in Group F. Taiwan would now face United Kingdom in the classification round of the 5th-8th places. Slovakia finished fourth in the pool and would play against Poland tomorrow.
Taiwan used a confident display in the first half to clear off. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break but managed to shift the gear in the second stanza. Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) paced the charge as Taiwan gained a 14-point cushion at halftime. Slovakia were not about to fold that early. They came off the locker room and got the better of their opponents in the third frame erasing the deficit. Slovakia headed into the final change ahead by one. But Taiwan quickly forgot the scare of the third period and regained control. They scored 23 points in the final period and hung on to the win the battle at the end. Wu Min Fang finished with 20 points to lead the way for Taiwan. Li Wan Tin added 15 points, while Chen Yu Chun had 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 21 points, 12 boards and 6 steals for Slovakia. Katarina Hrabakova and Jana Vackova dropped 10 points each in defeat.

Taiwan: Wu Min Fang 20, Li Wan Tin 15, Chen Yu Chun 13
Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 21+12 boards, Katarina Hrabakova 10, Jana Vackova 10

Russia - Australia 86:72
Russia held off Australia at the World University Games today. The victory meant 3-0 record for the winners as they advanced into the semifinal stage from the top position in Pool F. Russia will now face Czech Republic on Thursday. Australia clinched the second spot and would face unbeaten United States in the second semifinal clash. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) poured in 22 points to pace Russia to the win. A Boris Sokolovskiy team account for 29 points in the first frame to lead by 7 at the first change. Australia could not threaten the margin in the second stanza trailing by as many as 13 points at the interval. Russia continued to maintain the winning margin in the third quarter. They headed into the final frame ahead by 15 points and never turned back on the way for a comfortable victory. Ekaterina Lisina notched 16 points for Russia. Olga Iakovleva had 11 points and 5 boards for the winners. Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) replied with 20 points for Australia. Chantella Perera finished with 15 points in defeat. Australia outrebounded their opponents 40:36 but committed 20 turnovers down the stretch. Russia sank 48% from the field and 86% from the stripe in the win.

Russia: Elena Danilochkina 22, Ekaterina Lisina 16, Olga Iakovleva 11
Australia: Amy Lewis 20, Chantella Perera 15

Group G
France - Turkey 83:74

France toppled Turkey at the World University Games today. Thus a Francis Dandine team jumped into the spot at the qualifying round in Group G. Turkey slipped at the fourth position in the pool.
Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) knocked down 19 points to pace the French outfit to the first win at the tournament. The game was a close affair from start to finish but France prevailed due to the advantage on the boards and much more accurate shooting. The French team led by just two points after ten minutes of action. Turkey leveled the game in the second frame and trailed by the same two points at halftime. France needed to raise the tempo in the third stanza to clear off to a 9-point distance at three-quarter time. Turkey kept France within striking distance in the fourth period but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender at the end.
Kathleen Bourdin (-G) and Betat notched 15 points apiece for France. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) tallied 18 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Turkey. Tugba Talaslioglu canned 11 points in the losing effort. France outrebounded their opponents 43:37 and sank 51% from the field. Turkey replied with just 35% of field goals in defeat.

France: Aurelie Carmona 19, Kathleen Bourdin 12, Betat 12
Turkey: Melike Bakircioglu 18, Tugba Talaslioglu 11

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.

Serbia: Tamara Radocaj 18, Biljana Stjepanovic 15, Jovana Rad 12+10 boards
China: Song Lulu 14, Lin Hua 14

Group H
Hungary - Japan 95:94 (OT)
Hungary posted the second straight win at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Japan in an overtime thriller in the Pool H. Hungary thus remained on top of the group with Japan one win behind.
Japan raced to a brave start as they limited Hungary to 12 points in the starting frame and registered a 5-point lead. Hungary increased the tempo in the second frame but Japan matched the effort. They bombarded Hungary from beyond the arc and did not lose the battle under the rims to lead by as many as 8 points at the interval. Hungary however eventually took over. They accounted for 28 points in the third stanza to turn the deficit into a 4-point lead before the final frame. Japan did not surrender as Akane Takemoto (-F-87) paced the team. The Asian powerhouse drew things level and forced the extra period. Hungary were just a bit luckier in overtime eking out a last-second win. Reka Fejes (186-F-87) finished with 18 points to lead the charge. Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) produced 15 points in the winning case. Akane Takemoto replied with 23 points for Japan. Naoko Hattori reigned on the glass with game-high 18 rebounds to go with 22 points.

Hungary: Reka Fejes 18, Barbara Semsei 15, Jekatyerina Szavercsenko 11+10 boards
Japan: Akane Takemoto 23, Naoko Hattori 22+18 boards

Canada - Mozambique 76:58
Canada outgunned Mozambique in Belgrade today to post the initial win at the Universiade. Both teams entered the game winless after three games played but Canada managed to break the curse and claimed a confident victory at the end. Vanessa Kabongo (178-G-89), Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) and Kayla Dykstra scored 12 points each to lead the North American team. Tania Coachene replied with game-high 14 points for Mozambique.
The African powerhouse dominated early in the game. They won the starting stanza by 7 points but could not maintain the lead. Canada responded with a stunning 23:8 rally in the second frame to take over. Both teams shot poorly from the field however Canada reigned on the glass and thus kept on increasing their lead. They posted a 62:49 advantage with one quarter remaining in the encounter. Mozambique could not recover scoring only 9 points in the fourth frame and losing the battle.
Buna knocked down 9 points for Canada Development team. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) and Aleia Rachide had 12 points each for Mozambique in the loss. Canada outrebounded their African opponents 54:44 and forced those to 23 turnovers. Mozambique also sank just 30% of field goals, while Canada went for 37% from the field.

Canada: Vanessa Kabongo 12, Laurelle Weigl 12, Kayla Dykstra 12
Mozambique: Coachene 14, Amelia Macamo 12, Aleia Rachide 12+15 boards


Day 4 in Belgrade - Jul. 5, 2009 
Intermediate Round

GROUP E
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 undefeated.
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 (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 12 points apiece. Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-G-87), Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G) and Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) had 9 points each. Justyna Zurowska (6'2''-C-85) delivered 20 points for the European team and Kasia Krezel (6'1''-G-85, college: UTEP) posted 18.

United States of America: Danielle McCray 12, Tina Charles 12, Alexis Gray-Lawson 9, Jeanette Pohlen 9, Kayla Pederson 9
Poland: Justyna Zurowska 20, Kasia Krezel 18

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 to 2-0. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) posted 20,while Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) collected 15 points and 14 boards. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) was responsible for 23 points in defeat and Azania Stewart (193-C) had massive 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 23, Azania Stewart 18+18 rebs
Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 31, Katerina Elhotova 20, Edita Sujanova 15+14 rebs

GROUP F
Slovakia-Russia 36:79
Russia 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. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) nailed 13, while Mariya Khrustaleva (167-G-87) notched 11. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) finished the game with 13 points and Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) scored 10.
Russia shot 44% from the filed, while Slovakia showed only 26%.

Slovakia: Eva Kmetova 13, Katarina Tetemondova 10
Russia: Svetlana Makhlina 14, Maria Cherepanova 13, Mariya Khrustaleva 11

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 79:67.
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. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) posted 12, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) netted 10. CHANG Shih-Chieh poured in 15 points and LI Wan-Ting collected 13.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 35+19 rebs, Chantella Perera 12, Marianna Tolo 10
Chinese Taipei: CHANG Shih-Chieh 15, LI Wan-Ting 13

GROUP G
France-China 78:91
China 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 5/9.
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) had 14. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) notched 16 points and Kathleen Bourdin (-G) brought 15 for France.

France: Aurelie Carmona 16, Kathleen Bourdin 15
China: HUA Lin 27+12 rebs, LIU Xin 23, Song Lulu 14

Serbia-Turkey 76:85

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 initial victory. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) had 14 points and 10 boards. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) notched 23 points in defeat and Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) posted 14.

Serbia: Tamara Radocaj 23, Zorica Mitov 14
Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 34, Melike Bakircioglu 18+11 rebs, Seda Tabakci 14+10 rebs

GROUP H
Canada-Hungary 79:81

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 record. Timea Czank (176-G-86) posted 16 points and Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) had 13. Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) notched 13 for the North Americans and ST.AMOUR Chanelle nailed 12.

Canada: Laurelle Weigl 13, ST.AMOUR Chanelle 12
Hungary: Anna Vida 18, Timea Czank 16, Andrea Somogyi 13

Japan-Mozambique 97:86

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. Akane Takemoto (-F-87) followed them with 16 points and 5 boards. INVOSSO Delmina erupted with 24 points and 9 rebounds for African representative. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) netted 20, whilst Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) collected 19 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.

Japan: FUJII Miki 20, KOIKE Mariko 19, Akane Takemoto 16
Mozambique: INVOSSO Delmina 24+9 rebs, Amelia Macamo 20, Aleia Rachide 19+17 rebs

Day 3 in Belgrade  - Jul. 4, 2009 
GROUP A
Serbia-USA 50:84


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 Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) and Ashley Houts (5'6''-G-87) followed her with 12 points apiece. Jovana Rad (6'2''-F/C-87) ended up with 17 points in the losing case and Zorica Mitov (6'3''-C-87) posted 6.

Serbia: Jovana Rad 17, Zorica Mitov 6
USA: Tina Charles 17, Danielle McCray 12, Ashley Houts 12

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. Chantelle Handy (191-G-87) and Georgia Jones (175-G-90) nailed 16 points apiece. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Marion Arfelis (184-F/C-91) had 11. France finished the group with 0-3 record.

France: Aurelie Carmona 18+11 rebs, Marion Arfelis 11
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 18, Chantelle Handy 16, Georgia Jones 16

GROUP B
Australia-Canada 80:50

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, college: Troy) nailed 14, while Sarah Graham (163-G-89) posted 12. Laurelle Weigl (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 27%.

Australia: Emma Langford 15, Amy Lewis 14, Sarah Graham 12
Canada: Laurelle Weigl 14, Clouthier Carolann 11

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 (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) paced all the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) collected 18 points and 21 rebounds, while Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) had 13. Akane Takemoto (-F-87) finished the night with 20 points for Japan that finished the group with 1-2 record. Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) scored 17 and OTAKA Saori notched 15.

Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 24+12 rebs, Katarina Tetemondova 18+21 rebs, Dasa Krasnockova 13
Japan: Akane Takemoto 20, Akino Nakagawa 17, OTAKA Saori 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.
Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Tatiana Bokareva (191-C-86), Yakovleva Olga and Evgenia Belyakova (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, Tatiana Bokareva 12, Yakovleva Olga 12, Evgenia Belyakova 12
Chinese Taipei: CHEN Yu-Chun 10, CHANG Ning 8

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 (180-G/F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Judit Fritz (183-G/F-87, college: St.Francis,NY) paced all the winners with 14 points apiece and Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) netted 13. Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) collected 26 points and 12 rebounds for African team and Cecilia Henriques (183-C-91) scored 11.

Hungary: Jekatyerina Szavercsenko 14, Judit Fritz 14, Barbara Semsei 13
Mozambique: Aleia Rachide 26+12 rebs, Cecilia Henriques 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 boards, while Song Lulu (-G-85) scored 12. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) was responsible for 13 points in defeat and Tugba Talaslioglu (-86) added 10.

Turkey: Melike Bakircioglu 13, Tugba Talaslioglu 10
China: Liu Xing 28+11 rebs, HUA Lin 24+12 rebs, Song Lulu 12

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 rebounds. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) netted 14, while Darina Johnova (176-G-85) posted 12. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) collected 21 points and 11 rebounds for Poland that finished the group with 2-1 record. Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) had 17 points and 10 boards, whilst Kasia Krezel (185-G-85, college: UTEP) Katarzyna posted 13.
Even though Poland lost the game the team showed better percentage from the filed, 42% versus 35%.

Poland: Justyna Zurowska 21+11 rebs, Izabela Piekarska 17+10 rebs, Kasia Krezel 13
Czech Republic: Kamila Stepanova 23+10 rebs, Katerina Elhotova 14, Darina Johnova 12

Day 2 in Belgrade  - Jul. 3, 2009 

GROUP A
France-Serbia 54:96


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 Sports Hall.
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.
Miljana Musovic (181-G-87) led the winners with 17 points for 1-1 record. Maja Scekic (170-G-87) nailed 13 and Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) had 12. Aurelie Carmona (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.

France: Aurelie Carmona 20, MENDY Guiday 13+10 rebs
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 17, Maja Scekic 13, Adrijana Knezevic 12

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 Britain.
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 Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) needed 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 win. Danielle McCray dropped 15 points for the USA. Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Johannah Leedham (5'11''-G/F-87) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Great Britain. Chantelle Handy (6'3''-G-87) had 10 points in defeat.

USA: Jantel Lavender 17, Danielle McCray 15, Ta'Shia Phillips 11
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 17, Chantelle Handy 10

GROUP B
Australia - Slovakia 73:63


Australia grabbed the second straight win at the World University Games. They held off Slovakia in Pool B today. Elyse Penaluna (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. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) dropped 13 points, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) answered with 20 points for Slovakia. Zuzana Fabianova (185-C-89) finished with 9 points in defeat.
Australia will face Canada, while Slovakia play against Japan tomorrow.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 22+18 boards, Chantella Perera 13, Marianna Tolo 11
Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 20, Zuzana Fabianova 9

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. Kalisha Keane (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. Kelsey Hodgson (178-G) chipped in 17 points for Canada.

Japan: Miki Fujii 24, Naoko Hattori 23+12 boards, Akino Nakagawa 12
Canada: Kalisha Keane 20+12 boards, Kelsey Hodgson 17

GROUP C
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) netted 12. Yakovleva Olga followed them with 11 points and Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) had 10. Anna Vida (184-F-85) ended up with 22 points in the losing case, while Reka Fejes (186-F-87) netted 12.
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.

Hungary: Anna Vida 22, Reka Fejes 12
Russia: Elena Danilochkina 13, Tatiana Bokareva 12, Yakovleva Olga 11, Ekaterina Lisina 10

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 points apiece. 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. Cecilia Henriques (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.

Mozambique: Aleia Rachide 26+18 rebs, Cecilia Henriques 12, COACHENE Tania 9
Chinese Taipei: HUANG Ping-Jen 16, CHEN Yu-Chun 16, Li Wan Tin 15+10 rebs+8 ast

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. Katerina Hindrakova (176-G/F-88), Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) and Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) nailed 16 each in a win. ZHAI Huan and HUA Lin brought China 16 points each and Song Lulu (-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.

China: ZHAI Huan 16, HUA Lin 16, Song Lulu 14
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 20+8 rebs+6 ast, Katerina Hindrakova 16, Edita Sujanova 16, Kamila Stepanova 16

Turkey-Poland 74:80
Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) 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 (185-G-85, college: UTEP) and Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) followed Malgorzata Babicka with 12 points apiece.Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) ended up with 18 points as Turkey is 0-2 in the group. Tugba Talaslioglu (-86) scored 17 and Melike Bakircioglu (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 group.

Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 18, Tugba Talaslioglu 17, Melike Bakircioglu 15
Poland: Malgorzata Babicka 16, Kasia Krezel 12, Justyna Zurowska 12+16 rebs


Day 1 in Belgrade - Jul. 1, 2009 
Group A
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.

USA: Tina Charles 18, Jantel Lavender 16, Jacinta Monroe 16
France: Aurelie Carmona 7, Emmanuelle Gorjeu 5

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 winners. 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.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 27, Chantelle Handy 12, Georgia Jones (175-G-90) 10
Serbia: Zorica Mitov 14, Tamara Radocaj 12

Group B
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. Elyse Penaluna, Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) and 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. Amy 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.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 21, Amy Lewis 18, Marianna Tolo 17+10 boards
Japan: Saori Otaka 17, Mutya Mori 12

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 victory.
Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) knocked down 22 points to pace Slovak Republic. Eva 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 loss.
Slovakia will next face Australia, while Canada will play against Japan tomorrow.

Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 22, Eva Kmetova 14, Patricia Cizmarova 11
Canada: Kelsey Hodgson 20, Kalisha Keane 14

Group C
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 Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM 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.

Russia: Evgenia Belyakova 23, Olga Iakovleva 17, Maria Cherepanova 15
Mozambique: Aleia Rachide 16, Amelia Macamo 9

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: Laszlo Vinko Services) replied with 16 points for Hungary. Timea Czank (176-G-86) canned 13 points in defeat.

Taiwan: Chang Shih Chieh 15, Wu Min Fang 12, Yu Chen Chen 12
Hungary: Jekatyerina Szavercsenko 16, Timea Czank 13

Group D
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 Group D.

China: Lin Hua 22+11 boards, Song Lulu 20
Poland: Justyna Zurowska 27+13 boards, Kasia Krezel 14, Izabela Piekarska 10+14 boards

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 Czech team. 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.

Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 19, Michaela Zrustova 17, Kamila Stepanova 15
Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 15, Tugba Talaslioglu 7


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