Team USA University won Gold at the 2011 Summer
Games in Shenzhen - Aug 21, 2011
Taiwan - USA
The USA University Women's won Gold again at the 2011 Summer Universiade
in Shenzhen, China. The American team defended their title in an easy
final over Chinese Taipei 101:66. The latter shocked the audience
reaching the Final, but could not follow the favorites. Team USA was
going for its eighth World University Games Gold Medal. The program has
also won the silver medal six times and received the bronze once. Team
USA has met Taiwan just twice in previous World University Games and
holds now a 3-0 record. The two teams have not met since 2005 when the
USA defeated Taiwan 109-57. The squads met for the first time in 1993
with Team USA earning an 84-73 victory. Both sides were tied at 14:14
after the first five minutes, but USA took 29:21 at the end of the
quarter. They needed 26-17 in the second period for 55:38 advantage at
the halftime. After 20-16 in the third quarter USA increased to 75:54
and reached three-digit number due to 26-12 in the last stanza.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (187-F-90) paced all the winners with 24 points,
Skylar Diggins (175-G-90) nailed 19.
Elena Delle Donne (195-G/F-89) collected 18 points, 11 rebounds and
8 assists, while
Chinenye Ogwumike (191-F-92) notched 10. Delle Donne became the
first player in Colonial Athletic Association and University of Delaware
history to win the Gold Medal as a member of Team USA. Chen Yu-Chun
replied with 21 points in defeat and
Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) scored 11.
Australia - Sweden
Australia won the Bronze medals in Shenzhen. Australia climbed on the
podium at the World University Games in China beating Sweden 66:56. The
Scandinavian team became the best out of all European squads and
finished fourth. After the losses in the Semifinal clashes both teams
desired to finish on the third position. In 2009 the Aussies overcame
Czech Republic in the consolation final 88:77. Elyse Penaluna was back
to her outstanding form to lead Australia. She tallied 28 points and 16
rebounds to lead Australia. Tonight
Abby Bishop (189-C-88) gave Australia 14:13 at the end of the first
period, but Sweden won the second period for 29:28 at the halftime.
Moreover the Swedish side enjoyed 7-point advantage at the end of three
quarters, but failed at the end. Australia erupted with 30-13 in the
last stanza to seal the victory.
Abby Bishop top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Madgen
Tess, Tolo Marianna and
Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) posted 9 each.
Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89, agency:
Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 20 points in the losing effort,
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency:
Josep and Nicolas) and Egnell Elisabeth netted 10 apiece.
Russia - Canada
Russia clinched the fifth place at the World University Games in China.
The European team outscored Canada 71:52 as the latter finished on the
6th spot. Few days ago the Canadian women's basketball team fell into an
early first-quarter hole and never recovered, losing 46:73 to Russia at
the Luohu Gymnasium Monday morning at the 26th Summer Universiade. Today
Russia opened the game with 11-4 and had 20:14 at the end of the frame.
The second quarter became defensive and decisive in the game as Russia
needed 14-6 to take 34:20 at the halftime. The European team did not
slow down and produced 22-16 in the third quarter for 20-point advantage
after three quarters. Canada managed to win the last period 16-15 and
lost the game by 19. Cherepanova Maria,
Liubov Paskalenko (205-C-90) and
Maria Khrustaleba (167-G-87) paced all the winners with 12 points
Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) netted 11.
Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college:
Dayton) notched 17 points in defeat, while
Megan Pinske (176-G-88) added 11.
Finland - Brazil
Calhado leads Brazil to the 7th place at the World University Games in
China. She collected 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 62:47 win over
Finland that finished on the 8th spot.
Tassia Carcavalli (179-F-92) notched 11 points for the winners and
Taina Paixao (172-G-91) scored 7.
Krista Gross (183-G/F-90) ended up with 17 points and 11 rebounds,
Minna Sten (189-F-87) posted 7 in the losing effort. The teams were
tied at 4:4 after the first 5 minutes in the court, while Brazil needed
a 10-6 run for 14:10 after the first ten minutes. The board showed 26:15
in the middle of the second period and Brazil reached 30:18 at the
halftime. Moreover the Latin American team erupted with 12-1 run for
42:19 midway through the third quarter. After 22-8 in the period Brazil
had 52:26 after three quarters. Finland bounced back with 21-10 in the
last quarter to reduce to 15 points at the end. Both teams finished the
tournament and will be coming home.
Czech Republic - China
Czech Republic beat the hosts for the 9th place at the Gymnasium of
Pingshan Sports Complex. The European side finished the World University
Games with 93:68 win over China. Czech Republic and China started
offensively and nailed 49 points in the first period. China grabbed
26:23 after the first period, but could not keep the lead. The European
team bounced back with 23-14 to take 46:40 at the halftime. Czech
Republic never looked back after that and even increased the lead. They
needed 18-5 in the third quarter for 64:45 and added 29-23 in the last
Kamila Stepanova (192-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 26
points and 11 rebounds, while
Tereza Peckova (190-F-87) posted 15. Elhotova Katerina delivered 13
and Hejdova Romana notched 12.
Shao Ting (183-F-89) replied with 21 points and 11 rebounds in
Guo Xiaochen (183-F-92) nailed 12. Wang Miqi added 11, while
Zhai Huan (178-F-89) chipped in 10.
Lithuania - Japan
Lithuania finished on the 11th place at the World University Games. In
the last game for the Women's Classification 11th-12th the Baltic side
overcame 80:66. Both teams wanted to do their best in the last game.
Lithuania started with 13:8 in the opening tip and increased to 25:12
after the first period. Japan reduced to 9 points midway through the
second frame and trailed 26:38 at the halftime. The third quarter became
decisive in the game as the Baltic State needed 20-13 for 58:39 at the
end of thirty minutes. They had 18 points lead with 5 minutes to go and
finished with margin 14.
Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) made the last two free throws for the
Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) top-scored for the winners with 16
points and 12 rebounds, while
Lina Aglinskaite (182-F-87) added 15.
Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) posted 12 and Galdikaite Sigita
chipped in 8.
Slovakia - United Kingdom
Slovakia outscored United Kingdom at their last game of the World
University Games in China. The team won 69:56 to finish on the 13th
spot, while United Kingdom ended up on the step below. It was a slow
start at the Gymnasium of Pingshan Sports Complex. The teams exchanged
the baskets before the United Kingdom grabbed 6:4 lead and had 16:12
after the first period. They led 23:20 in the middle of the second
period, but Slovakia took 29:27 at the end of the half. The latter
increased to 38:32 and enjoyed 44:40 after three quarters. In the last
stanza Slovakia pushed the tempo for good and managed to add 25-16 for
Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) collected 17 points and 14 rebounds
for the winners and Pindrochova Katarina nailed 13.
Diana Benuskova (167-PG-89) scored 10, while
Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) added 8. Barroilhet Tamzin and Thomas-Johnson
Lauren replied with 11 points each in defeat, whilst Jones Georgia
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