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World University Games Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Russia
 3. Australia
 4. Taiwan
 5. Sweden
 6. Czech Rep.
 7. Hungary
 8. Canada
 9. Ukraine
 10. China
 11. Poland
 12. Brazil
 13. Japan
 14. Finland
 15. Mali
 16. Mongolia
World University Games Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Sweden 2-1 
 3. Poland 1-2 
 4. Mongolia 0-3 
Group B
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. Czech Rep. 2-1 
 3. Brazil 1-2 
 4. Mali 0-3 
Group C
 1. Taiwan 3-0 
 2. Ukraine 1-2 
 3. Canada 1-2 
 4. Japan 1-2 
Group D
 1. Australia 3-0 
 2. Hungary 2-1 
 3. China 1-2 
 4. Finland 0-3 




USA defend title in Kazan (Photo: kazan2013.ru)
2013 USA University National Team
Starting Five in BOLD letters
USA University National Team 2013
Crystal Bradford
Bradford
Aaryn Ellenberg
Ellenberg
Reshanda Gray
Gray
Cassie Harberts
Harberts
Bria Hartley
Hartley
9 Crystal Bradford 6'0''-G-93 Cent.Michigan USA
7 Aaryn Ellenberg 5'7''-G Oklahoma USA
12 Reshanda Gray 6'3''-F-93 California USA
14 Cassie Harberts 6'2''-F-92 USC USA
6 Bria Hartley 5'7''-G-92 Connecticut USA
10 Jordan Hooper 6'2''-F-92 Nebraska USA
13 Tricia Liston 6'1''-G-92 Duke USA
5 Ariel Massengale 5'6''-G-93 Tennessee USA
11 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 6'0''-F-93 Connecticut USA
15 Theresa Plaisance 6'5''-F-92 LSU USA
8 Shoni Schimmel 5'9''-G-92 Louisville USA
4 Odyssey Sims 5'9''-G-92 Baylor USA

Sherri Coale Head Coach Oklahoma USA
Brian Giorgis Assistant Marist USA
Coquese Washington Assistant Penn St. USA

Eurobasket.com All-World University Games Awards 2013 - Jul 16, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-World University Games 1st Team 2013
Stephanie Cumming
Cumming
Odyssey Sims
Sims
Bria Hartley
Hartley
Tatiana Grigoryeva
Grigoryeva
Natalia Vieru
Vieru

Finals MVP: Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) of USA
Best Player: Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) of USA
Best Guard: Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) of USA
Best Forward: Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90) of Russia
Best Center: Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) of Russia

1st Team
G: Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) of Australia
G: Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) of USA
G: Bria Hartley (5'7''-G-92) of USA
F: Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90) of Russia
C: Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) of Russia

2nd Team
G: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) of Finland
F: Dalyce Emmerson (6'3''-F-93) of Canada
F: Danielle Hamilton-Carter (6'3''-F-90) of Sweden
C: Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) of Czech Rep.
C: Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) of Russia

Honorable Mention
Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) of Hungary
Jinxian Wang (182-F-89) of China
Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91) of Ukraine
Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91) of Ukraine
Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) of Poland
Barbara Skowronek (187-C-90) of Poland
Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) of Mali



USA defend title in Kazan - Jul 15, 2013

Final
USA - Russia 90:71

The USA claimed the Golden medals at the World University Games in Kazan. They denied the hosts in the championship game tonight. The USA defended their title.
The USA set the tone early on. The North American team went on a 22:13 run in the first period. They kept the hosts at bay throughout the second frame. The USA piled up a 41:27 halftime advantage. Russia struggled to slow their opponents down after the big break. The visitors fired 27 points in the third quarter to gain a 21-point buffer before the fourth term. Russia exploded with 24 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss at the end. Bria Hartley (170-G-92) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Crystal Bradford (183-G-93) contributed 16 points, while Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90, agency: IPSA) and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) finished with 12 points apiece in the defeat.

USA: Bria Hartley 17, Crystal Bradford 16, Kaleena Lewis 15
Russia: Natalia Vieru 13, Tatiana Grigoryeva 12, Anastasia Logunova 12

3-4 Place
Australia - Taiwan 99:58
Australia claimed the Bronze medals at the World University Games. They outgunned Taiwan in the consolation final in Kazan. Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) and Tess Magden (90) nailed 23 points each to lead the winners.
Australia exploded with 27 points in the first period to take a 14-point lead. The Aussies controlled the pace in the second frame. They established a 51:23 halftime lead. Australia stayed red hot offensively in the third term. They piled up a comfortable 33-point cushion before the final stanza. Australia never looked back afterwards marching to the victory at the end. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) netted 15 points for the winning side. Ying-Li Huang responded with 14 points for Taiwan. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-F-93) had 11 points in the losing case.

Australia: Stephanie Cumming 23, Tess Magden 23, Alice Kunek 15
Taiwan: Ying-Li Huang 14, Huang Hsiang-Ting 11

5-6 Place
Sweden - Czech Republic 72:63
Sweden earned the fifth position at the World University Games. They outgunned Czech Republic in Kazan tonight. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) stepped up with 22 points and 11 boards for the winners.
Sweden quickly jumped into the lead. They poured in 24 points in the first period and accumulated a 10-point lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic adjusted defensively in the second term. They slowed down the Scandinavian team and narrowed the deficit at 8 points 27:35 at halftime. Czech Republic erased the deficit and leveled things up at 44 heading into the fourth term. But Sweden fired 28 points in the final stanza and claimed the victory. Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) finished with 14 points, while Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) added 10 points for the winners. Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) netted 16 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) had 14 points in the loss.

Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 22+11 boards, Kalis Loyd 14, Binta Drammeh 10
Czech Republic: Klara Pochobradska 16, Alena Hanusova 14

7-8 Place
Hungary - Canada 60:55
Hungary occupied the 7th place at the World University Games in Russia. They held off Canada in the final game at the tournament. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winning side.
Canada got to the better start to the game. The North American team gained a 17:10 advantage after ten minutes. Hungary cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 4 points at halftime 33:29. Hungary held Canada to just 8 points in the third frame and pulled ahead. They snatched a 44:41 lead heading into the final stanza. Hungary stayed solid defensively throughout the fourth term and snatched victory at the end. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 14 points, while Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) had 8 points in the victory. Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) answered with 13 points and 7 steals for Canada. Dalyce Emmerson (191-F-93) topscored with 16 points in the loss.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 19, Reka Balint 14, Zsofia Varga 8
Canada: Dalyce Emmerson 16, Miah-Marie Langlois 13

9-10 Place
Ukraine - China 85:72
Ukraine ended their World University Games campaign with victory. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) nailed 18 points each to lead their team past China. Ukraine thus clinched the 9th overall position at the tournament.
Ukraine gained a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. China increased the tempo in the second frame but the effort was equally matched by Ukraine. China arrived at halftime trailing by 7 points 37:44. Ukraine held their opponents to just 11 points in the third term to boost the lead at 13-point mark 61:48. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth period as Ukraine coasted to the victory. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) netted 13 points in the win. Wang Jinxian (182-F-89) responded with 20 points for China. Shao Ting (183-F-89) chipped in 18 points, grabbed 7 boards and issued 4 assists in the loss.

Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 18, Olga Maznichenko 18, Krystyna Matsko 13
China: Wang Jinxian 20, Shao Ting 18

11-12 Place
Poland - Brazil 73:59
Poland claimed the victory on the final day of the World University Games. They defeated Brazil to secure the 11th place at the tourney. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) netted 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland.
The teams went neck and neck throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. Brazil snatched a narrow lead in the second frame. The Latin American team eked out a 35:34 halftime lead. Poland surged ahead in the third term. They held Brazil to 10 points in the period and raced to a 53:45 advantage at the final intermission. Poland knocked down 20 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Barbara Skowronek (187-C-90) netted 16 points, while Milena Krzyzaniak (166-G-90, agency: Promotex) finished with 12 points in the victory. Ariane da Silva and Luana de Souza (176-F-91) chipped in 11 points each for Brazil.

Poland: Martyna Stelmach 19, Barbara Skowronek 16, Milena Krzyzaniak 12
Brazil: Ariane da Silva 11, Luana de Souza 11

13-14 Place
Japan - Finland 78:63
Japan celebrated victory in their final game at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Finland to clinch the 13th overall position. Mika Kurihara (178-F-89) nailed 17 points to lead the charge.
Japan looked confident in the opening quarter. The Asian team grabbed a 22:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland cut the deficit in the second frame. The Europeans got within 5 points at halftime 41:36. But Japan did not allow Finland to get closer in the third quarter. The Asian team stretched the distance to as many as 12 points at the final intermission. Finland managed just 15 points in the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Masami Honda (176-G/F-91) netted 12 points, while Yuka Kosuge (180-F-91) added 10 points for the winning side. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) answered with 27 points for Finland. Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Japan: Mika Kurihara 17, Masami Honda 12, Yuka Kosuge 10
Finland: Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 27, Henna Salomaa 9

15-16 Place
Mali - Mongolia 84:67
Mali claimed the first win at the Summer Universiade in Kazan. They defeated Mongolia in their final game at the tournament. Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) posted 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the African team.
Mongolia took an early lead in the game. The Asian team grabbed a 25:19 advantage after ten minutes. But Mali quickly gained control in the second period. The African team triggered a 22:7 rally and posted a 41:32 halftime advantage. Mali extended the margin in the third quarter. They piled up a 17-point buffer before the fourth term. Mongolia could not get within striking distance in the final term as Mali cruised to the victory. Aminata Konate (169-G-90, agency: Fusion Sports) netted 16 points, while Awa Diallo (192-C-92) dropped 9 points and issued 7 assists for the winning team. Solongo Bayasgalan answered with 21 points for Mongolia. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo and Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg had 14 points apiece in the loss.

Mali: Aminata Mariko 26+14 boards, Aminata Konate 16, Awa Diallo 9
Mongolia: Solongo Bayasgalan 21, Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 14, Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg 14


Russia and USA set up Final in Kazan - Jul 13, 2013

Semifinals
Russia - Taiwan 69:51

Russia advanced into the championship game at the World University Games in Kazan. The hosts overcame Taiwan in the semifinal clash today to step closer to the title. Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) nailed 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Russia poured in 23 points in the first term to take a 6-point lead. Taiwan were able to slow the home team down in the second frame. The teams traded baskets but Russia managed to ensure a 36:30 halftime advantage. The hosts stretched the gap in the third term. Russia held their opponents to 8 points in the quarter and boosted the lead to 15 points before the final frame. Taiwan were limited to 13 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Evgeniya Finogentova (174-PG-91) and Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) produced 9 points apiece for the home team. Ping-Jen Huang answered with 12 points for Taiwan. Chien-Hui Hsu and Hsieh Pei-Chun (181-C-91) chipped in 10 points apiece in the losing case.

Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 15, Evgeniya Finogentova 9, Natalia Vieru 9
Taiwan: Ping-Hen Huang 12, Chein-Hui Hsu 10, Hsieh Pei-Chun 10

USA - Australia 79:78
The USA will play in the title game at the 2013 World University Games. They nipped Australia in a thrilling semifinal clash in Kazan tonight. Odyssey Sims (175-G-92) posted 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Crystal Bradford scored three points late in regulation to propel the USA to the victory.
Australia dominated throughout the opening quarter. The Aussies posted a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. The USA stiffened defensively in the second frame. They narrowed the gap to a single point 32:33 at halftime. The North American team exploded with 30 points in the third frame to pull ahead. They established a 13-point advantage before the final period. But Australia refused to give up. They erased the deficit and grabbed a 78:76 lead with just over a minute remaining. However Crystal Bradford sank a free throw and later drained a jumper to seal the victory for the USA. Bria Hartley (170-G-92) finished with 14 points, while Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) provided 12 points and 11 boards for the winners. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Australia. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) dropped 16 points in the loss. The USA will now take on Russia for the trophy, while Australia will face Taiwan in the consolation final.

USA: Odyssey Sims 20, Bria Hartley 14, Kaleena Lewis 12+11 boards
Australia: Alice Kunek 20, Marianna Tolo 16

5-8 Place
Czech Republic - Hungary 77:67
Czech Republic recorded victory in their the last but one game at the World University Games. They knocked down Hungary to set up the clash for the fifth position at the tournament. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) posted 17 points to lead the winners.
Hungary led by three points after the opening quarter 21:18. But Czech Republic turned things around in the second frame. They held Hungary to 4 points in the quarter and spurred ahead for a 39:25 halftime advantage. Czech Republic kept Hungary at distance throughout the third term. They piled up a 58:43 lead at the final intermission. Hungary went on a 24:19 run in the fourth frame but it was not enough to challenge the Czech team. Karolina Elhotova (182-F-92) netted 12 points, while Michaela Stara (175-G-90) chipped in 11 points in the victory. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 33 points for Hungary. Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 17, Karolina Elhotova 12, Michaela Stara 11
Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 33, Anna Mansare 9

Sweden - Canada 75:72 (OT)
Sweden came from behind to snatch a tough overtime victory over Canada in the classification round at the World University Games. Sweden will now take on Czech Republic for the fifth overall position. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) provided 22 points and 8 rebounds in the victory.
Canada grabbed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. The North American boosted the lead in the second period. Canada piled up a 37:25 halftime advantage. Sweden turned things around in the third term. They held Canada to just 6 points in the third term surging in front for a 4-point lead. Canada recovered late in regulation and forced overtime. But Sweden allowed Canada to score just 6 points in the extra period and sealed the victory. Martina Stalvant (181-G-89) and Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) finished with 13 points each for the winners. Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) answered with 26 points for Canada. Rachelle Coward (183-F-90) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 22, Martina Stalvant 13, Kalis Loyd 13
Canada: Miah-Marie Langlois 26, Rachelle Coward 12

9-12 Place
China - Poland 57:49

China gained the victory in their last but one game at the World University Games. They defeated Poland to set up the clash versus Ukraine for the ninth overall position at the tournament.
China got to a very confident start. They registered a 23:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Poland slowed their opponents down a bit in the second frame. Poland cut the deficit at 12-point mark at the interval 32:20. The European side got within 10 points at the final intermission. Poland stayed hopeful throughout the fourth frame as they cut even further into Chinas lead but the Asian team managed to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Shao Ting (183-F-89) posted 14 points to lead the winners. Wu Siyang (182-G/F-91) and Gong Fangzhu (170-G-91) had 10 points each for China. Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) answered with 13 points for Poland. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) netted 12 points in the loss.

China: Shao Ting 14, Wu Siyang 10, Gong Fangzhu 10
Poland: Agnieszka Sniezek 13, Martyna Stelmach 12

Ukraine - Brazil 76:66
Ukraine will play for the 9th position at the World University Games. They defeated Brazil and would face China in the final game of the tournament. Brazil will play versus Poland for the 11th spot. Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) posted 19 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine ensured a convincing start to the game. They registered a 22:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Brazil answered with a 28-point surge in the second term to cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime. But Ukraine regained control in the third term. They poured in 23 points and secured a 19-point lead before the fourth term. Brazil tried to bounce back in the final ten minutes but came up short of win at the end. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) netted 15 points, while Bilotserkivska chipped in 13 points and 7 steals for the winners. Thaissa Frediani (166-G-89) answered with 21 points for Brazil. Luana de Souza (176-F-91) and Leila Zabani (181-G/F-91) had 10 points each in the loss.

Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 19, Olga Maznichenko 15, Bilotserkivska 13
Brazil: Thaissa Frediani 21, Luana de Souza 10, Leila Zabani 10

13-16 Place
Japan - Mali 109:61
Japan registered the victory in 13th-16th place classification round at the World University Games. They brushed by Mali and would fight for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Mika Kurihara nailed 26 points to lead the Asian team.
Japan unloaded 30 points in the first period to clear off to a 17-point distance. Japan kept Mali at bay throughout the second frame. They recorded a 53:27 halftime advantage. Japan boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 31-point advantage before the fourth frame. Japan erupted for 32 points in the final stanza to seal the victory. Kayoko Amano (180-C-89) netted 21 points, while Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) delivered 12 points for the winning side. Farima Toure (184-C-93) responded with 21 points for Mali. Awa Diallo (192-C-92) provided 12 points in the loss.

Japan: Mika Kurihari 26, Kayoko Amano 21, Mio Shinozaki 12
Mali: Farima Toure 21, Awa Diallo 12

Finland - Mongolia 84:38
Finland fired past Mongolia to set up the clash versus Japan for the 13th overall position at the tournament. Mongolia will face Mali on the final day of the competition in Kazan. Finland dominated from start to finish in this one. They went on a 32:5 run in the starting period. Mongolia scored just 5 points in the second to face a 10:47 halftime deficit. Mongolia picked up the tempo in the third term to cut the deficit by a single point. But Finland went on an 18:8 rally in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Sofia Pelander (188-C-92) and Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) netted 17 points each for Finland. Laura Saarinen (187-F/C-92) delivered 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Bolor-Erdene Baatar replied with 12 points for Mongolia. Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg had 8 points in the loss.

Finland: Sofia Pelander 17, Henna Salomaa 17, Laura Saarinen 13
Mongolia: Bolor-Erdene Baatar 12, Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg 8


Russia, Taiwan, USA and Australia reach semifinals in Kazan - Jul 12, 2013

Quarterfinals
USA - Sweden 103:72
The USA claimed the first semifinal ticket at the World University Games in Kazan. They overcame Sweden to stay in the title race. Odyssey Sims (175-G-92) nailed 20 points to pace the winning side.
The USA fired 26 points in the first period to gain a 2-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second period. Sweden started to lag behind in the second quarter. They arrived at halftime trailing by 11 points 40:51. The North American team stretched the gap in the third term. They registered a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The USA never slowed down and raced to the win at the end. Bria Hartley (170-G-92) netted 17 points, while Crystal Bradford (183-G-93) and Tricia Liston (185-G-92) added 11 points each for the winners. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Sweden. Maria Gultekin (166-G-90) had 14 points in the loss.

USA: Odyssey Sims 20, Bria Hartley 17, Crystal Bradford 11, Tricia Liston 11
Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 17, Maria Gultekin 14

Australia - Canada 72:58
Australia extended their winning run at the World University Games. The Aussies took care of Canada in the quarterfinal clash in Kazan today. Australia will now take on the USA in the semifinal tomorrow.
Australia quickly spurred ahead in this one. They held Canada to 15 points in the first frame to take an 8-point lead. Canada struggled to tune in offensively in the second quarter. Australia capitalized taking a 10-point halftime lead 37:27. Canada woes continued in the second half. Australia ensured a strong rally in the third term to build an unassailable 21-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. Canada exploded with 24 points in the fourth period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Australia. Kate Ebzery (177-G-90) and Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) added 12 points each for the winners. Korissa Williams (177-G-92) answered with 10 points for Canada. Lindsay Ledingham (183-F-90) had 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Alice Kunek 21, Kate Ebzery 12, Sara Blicavs 12
Canada: Korissa Williams 10, Lindsay Ledingham 9

Russia - Czech Republic 74:66
Russia had to overcome a resilient Czech Republic squad to reach World University Games semifinal. The hosts trailed throughout the bigger part of the game before igniting a late rally in the fourth frame to snatch a tough win at the end. Natalia Vieru (196-C-89) posted 17 points to lead Russia into the semis. They will now face Taiwan for the ticket into the championship game.
Czech Republic worked hard defensively in the first half and the effort paid off. The visitors enjoyed a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Czech Republic did not allow Russia to gain control in the second frame. The visitors arrived at halftime up by 4 points 33:29. Russia exploded with 25 points in the third term but could not erase the deficit. Czech Republic entered the final frame up by 2 points 56:54. Russia opened the fourth period with seven straight points to finally pull ahead. They quickly boosted the gap and kept Czech Republic at bay throughout the reminder of the contest. Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) netted 11 points, while Nadezhda Mayorova (178-F-89) and Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) had 10 points each in the victory. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) answered with 19 points for Czech Republic. Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) and Andrea Ovsikova (178-F-89) had 12 points each in the loss.

Russia: Natalia Vieru 17, Anastasiya Loginova 11, Nadezhda Mayorova 10, Anastasia Logunova 10
Czech Republic: Alena Hanusova 19, Lenka Bartakova 12, Andrea Ovsikova 12

Taiwan - Hungary 72:41
Taiwan reached the semifinal stage at the 2013 World University Games. They overcame Hungary to set up an exciting clash with hosting Russia. Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) stepped up with 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort.
Taiwan posted a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Taiwan held Hungary to 9 points in the quarter gaining a 35:21 halftime lead. The Asian team ballooned the lead in the third period. They exploded with 23 points to take a comfortable 29-point lead before the fourth frame. Taiwan held Hungary at 12-point mark at the final break and rallied to the victory. Ying-Li Huang had 17 points, while Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-F-93) had 8 points in the win. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Hungary. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 8 points in the loss.

Taiwan: Huang Ping-Jen 22+13 boards, Ying-Lin Huang 17, Huang Hsiang-Ting 8
Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 14+12 boards, Reka Balint 8

9-16 Place
Brazil - Mongolia 94:46

Brazil accounted for the victory in the classification round at the World Universiade. They prevailed against Mongolia to continue the fight for the 9th position. Thaissa Frediani (166-G-89) dropped 14 points to lead the Latin American side.
Brazil quickly surged ahead in this one. They ensured a 22:8 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil boosted the lead in the second frame. They piled up a 47:14 halftime advantage. They maintained the tempo throughout the third period. Brazil entered the fourth stanza up by 41 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Luana de Souza (176-F-91) and Ariani Silva (170-G-89) finished with 11 points each for the winners. Solongo Bayasgalan responded with 17 points for Mongolia. Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg had 9 points in the defeat.

Brazil: Thaissa Frediani 14, Luana de Souza 11, Ariani Silva 11
Mongolia: Solongo Bayasgalan 17, Soyolmaa Chuluuntsetseg 9

China - Japan 80:74
China recorded victory over Japan at the start of the classification round at the World University Games. China will now fight for the 9th-12th place at the tournament. Wu Siyang (182-G/F-91) nailed 19 points to lead the effort.
Japan got to the slightly better start. They earned a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. China turned things around in the second quarter. They fired 23 points to ensure a 38:37 halftime lead. Japan regained the lead in the third quarter. They surged ahead for a 59:53 advantage at the final break. But China triggered a deadly 27:15 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the win at the end. Guo XiaoChen (183-F-92) had 17 points, while Shao Ting (183-F-89) finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Nao Sonoda (178-F-89) responded with 16 points for Japan. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) dropped 14 points in the loss.

China: Wu Siyang 19, Guo XiaoChen 17, Shao Ting 16+12 boards
Japan: Nao Sonoda 16, Mio Shinozaki 14

Ukraine - Finland 80:51
Ukraine victirously opened the classification round at the World University Games in Russia. They overwhelmed Finland to continue the fight for the 9th overall position. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 19 points to lead the winners.
Ukraine dominated right from the start. They opened a 13-point lead after ten minutes of action. Finland narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They got within 5 points at halftime 31:36. But Ukraine stunned their opponents with a 30:11 rally in the third quarter. Ukraine held Finland to only 9 points in the fourth period and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) netted 13 points apiece for the winners. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Anni Makitalo (175-F-91) answered with 9 points apiece for Finland.

Ukraine: Katerina Dorogobuzova 19, Olga Maznichenko 13, Olesia Malashenko 13
Finland: Noora Jarvikangas 9, Anni Makitalo 9

Poland - Mali 82:52
Poland registered the victory at the classification round of the World University Games. They overcame Mali to continue the quest for the 9th overall position. Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) notched 14 points to lead the winning side.
Poland quickly picked up the tempo and raced to a 26:13 lead after ten minutes. They established a 42:26 halftime advantage. The European team increased the tempo in the third term. Poland piled up a 66:34 lead at the final intermission. Mali cut the deficit in the fourth frame but never threatened the margin. Klaudia Sosnowska (186-PF-90) produced 13 points, while Martyna Stelmach added 12 points for the winning side. Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) answered with 23 points and 25 rebounds. Farima Toure (184-C-93) and Aminata Sissoko had 7 points each for the African team.

Poland: Agnieszka Sniezek 14, Klaudia Sosnowska 13, Martyna Stelmach 12
Mali: Aminata Mariko 23+25 boards, Farima Toure 7, Aminata Sissoko 7


Quarterfinals are set in Kazan - Jul 10, 2013

Group A
Russia - Sweden 74:68
Russia finished their World University Games preliminary round campaign on a high note. They knocked down Sweden to win Group A. Anastasiya Shilova (186-G/F-91) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Russia accounted for an 18:13 lead after the starting quarter. Sweden denied the deficit in the second period. The Scandinavian team knotted things up at 33 after twenty minutes of action. Sweden pulled ahead in the third quarter. The visitors silenced the crowd with a 22:19 run in the period. But Russia went on a 22:13 run in the fourth stanza to snatch the victory at the end. Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) chipped in 14 points for the hosts. Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90, agency: IPSA) added 13 points for the winners. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (190-F-90, college: Fayetteville St.), Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) and Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) responded with 15 points each for Sweden.

Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 16, Anastasia Logunova 14, Tatiana Grigoryeva 13
Sweden: Danielle Hamilton-Carter 15, Binta Drammeh 15, Kalis Loyd 15

Poland - Mongolia 117:44
Poland recorded the first win at the World University Games in Kazan. They fired past Mongolia to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Eight players scored in double figures for Poland. Martyna Stelmach (188-F/C-92) nailed 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. The European team unloaded 36 points in the starting quarter to take a 28-point lead. Mongolia slowed down Poland a bit in the second frame but not for too long. Poland erupted for 32 points in the third quarter and entered the final frame up by 58 points. Poland nailed 31 points in the final stanza and sealed the win at the end. Roksana Schmidt (180-SG-92) netted 15 points, while Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) added 13 points in the winning case. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo responded with 11 points for Mongolia. Jargalan Dugarsuren had 7 points in the losing case.

Poland: Martyna Stelmach 18, Roksana Schmidt 15, Agnieszka Sniezek 13
Mongolia: Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 11, Jargalan Dugarsuren 7

Group B
USA - Brazil 105:75
USA claimed the third straight win at the University Games. They knocked down Brazil to win Group B. USA will now face Sweden in the quarterfinal clash on Friday. Brazil slipped at 1-2 record and would play in the classification round.
The USA exploded with 36 points in the first period to gain a 20-point lead. They slowed down a bit in the second frame but still gained a 24-point halftime advantage. The USA kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. The North American team recorded an 82:51 advantage at the final intermission. Brazil outscored their opponents in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Aaryn Ellenberg (170-G-92) produced 19 points for the USA. Crystal Bradford (183-G-93) added 12 points for the winners. Leila Zabani (181-G/F-91) responded with 18 points for Brazil. Ariane Silva had 16 points in the losing case.

USA: Aaryn Ellenberg 19, Crystal Bradford 12, Jordan Hooper (188-F-92) 11, Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) 11
Brazil: Leila Zabani 18, Ariane Silva 16

Czech Republic - Mali 59:44
Czech Republic will play at the quarterfinal stage of 2013 World University Games. They knocked down Mali to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Petra Zaplatova (175-G/F-91) dropped 12 points for the winning side.
The teams finished the first period tied at 11-all. Czech Republic put their noses in front in the second quarter. They stole a 28:23 advantage at halftime. Czech Republic held their African opponents to just 6 points in the third frame to ensure an 11-point cushion before the fourth period. Czech Republic did not allow Mali anywhere near the striking distance and rushed to the victory. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) and Barbora Kasparkova (185-F/C-92) netted 8 points each for the winners. Aminata Mariko (185-C-90) answered with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Mali. Farima Toure (184-C-93) and Awa Diallo (192-C-92) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

Czech Republic: Petra Zaplatova 12, Alena Hanusova 8, Barbora Kasparkova 8
Mali: Aminata Mariko 18+12 boards, Farima Toure 9, Awa Diallo 9

Group C
Japan - Ukraine 68:66
Japan claimed a hard-fought narrow win over Ukraine in the final game of the preliminary round at the World University Games. Japan and Ukraine finished Group C action at 1-2 record and failed to qualify for quarterfinals. They will now play in the classification round.
Japan claimed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second period. They got within one point at halftime 29:30. Ukraine pulled ahead in the third term. They snatched a 38:37 advantage heading into the fourth period. Japan however fired 21 points in the final stanza and snatched a narrow victory. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) exploded with 28 points for Japan. Nao Sonoda (178-F-89) and Minami Iju (168-G-90) had 11 points each for the winners. Olena Samburska (172-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management) responded with 19 points for Ukraine. Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) tallied 14 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Japan: Mio Shinozaki 28, Nao Sonoda 11, Minami Iju 11
Ukraine: Olena Samburska 19, Olesia Malashenko 14+12 boards

Taiwan - Canada 72:67
Taiwan finished their World University Games preliminary round campaign with a perfect record. They shot down Canada to clinch the top position at 3-0 record. Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) nailed 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winning side.
Taiwan silenced their opponents in the first half. The Asian team raced to a 21:11 lead after ten minutes. Taiwan maintained the lead throughout the second period. They accumulated a 39:20 halftime advantage. Taiwan boosted the gap at 28-point mark midway through the third term. But the North American side strongly finished the quarter and narrowed the gap at 17-point mark. Canada ignited a comeback run in the fourth stanza. They got within four points late in the regulation but simply ran out of time at the end. Ying-Li Huang produced 12 points, while Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) had 10 points in the victory. Rachelle Coward (183-F-90) answered with 13 points for Canada. Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) and Korissa Williams (177-G-92) dropped 12 points apiece in the loss.

Taiwan: Huang Ping-Jen 20, Ying-Li Huang 12, Hsu Chien-Hui 10
Canada: Rachelle Coward 13, Miah-Marie Langlois 12, Korissa Williams 12

Group D
Australia - Finland 95:46
Australia kept their record clean at the World University Games in Russia. They shot down Finland to enter the quarterfinal stage from the top position in Group D. The Aussies will face Canada in the quarterfinals. Finland suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament.
Australia limited their opponents to 6 points in the opening quarter. They enjoyed a 13-point lead after ten minutes. Australia boosted the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 42:14 halftime buffer. Australia kept Finland at safe distance throughout the third term. The European team faced a 35-point deficit heading into the fourth period and never recovered. Alice Kunek (187-G/F-91) notched 26 points for Australia. Tess Magden (90) added 18 points for the winning side. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) answered with 10 points for Finland. Anni Makitalo (175-F-91) had 9 points in the loss.

Australia: Alice Kunek 26, Tess Magden 18, Olivia Thompson (185-F-93) 12, Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) 12
Finland: Noora Jarvikangas 10, Anni Makitalo 9

Hungary - China 80:67
Hungary registered a crucial win on the final day of preliminary action at the University Games in Kazan. They shot down China to clinch the second position in Group D. Hungary thus punched the quarterfinal ticket. They will now face Taiwan in the playoffs.
China led by one after the starting quarter 24:23. The teams slowed down in the second frame. They teamed up for 24 points in the quarter as China remained in front 36:35. But the European side surged ahead in the third term. Hungary eked out a 56:52 advantage at the final break. Hungary exploded with a 24:15 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win at the end. Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) knocked down 22 points for Hungary. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) netted 21 points in the winning effort. Shao Ting (183-F-89) responded with 31 points and 11 boards for China. Wang Miqi (185-F-89) had 10 points in the loss.

Hungary: Zsofia Varga 22, Reka Balint 21, Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) 16
China: Shao Ting 31+11 boards, Wang Miqi 10


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Kazan - Jul 9, 2013

Group A
Russia - Poland 74:37

Russia gained the second straight win at the 2013 World University Games. The hosts shot down Poland for 2-0 record in Group A. Veronika Dorosheva (188-PF-91) nailed 12 points to lead the winners. Poland fell at 0-2 record.
Russia held Poland to 11 points in the first frame and posted a 7-point lead. Poland managed just 6 points in the second period to face a 20-point halftime deficit. Russia went on a 20:9 run in the third term to clear off to a 31-point distance. The hosts did not loosen the grasp and sealed a comprehensive victory at the end. Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90, agency: IPSA) and Mayorova netted 10 points each for the winners. Klaudia Sosnowska (186-PF-90) answered with 8 points for Poland. Ramona Casimiro (171-PG-92) had 6 points in the loss.

Russia: Veronika Dorosheva 12, Tatiana Grigoryeva 10, Mayorova 10
Poland: Klaudia Sosnowska 8, Ramona Casimiro 6

Sweden - Mongolia 95:21
Sweden clinched the second consecutive victory at the World University Games. They outscored Mongolia to stay unbeaten in Group A action. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) and Maria Gultekin (166-G-90) notched 16 points each for the Scandinavian team.
Sweden thumped their opponents in the opening quarter. Mongolia went scoreless in the first ten minutes to face a 25-point deficit. They finally started scoring in the second frame. But Sweden were long gone. The European team accounted for a 46:9 halftime lead. They went on a 26:6 run in the third term and coasted to the victory afterwards. Katarina Milenkovic (182-G/F-91) chipped in 15 points for the winners. Dolgor Ichinkhorloo responded with 6 points for Mongolia. Chimeddolgor Enkhtaivan had 5 points in defeat.

Sweden: Binta Drammeh 16, Maria Gultekin 16, Katarina Milenkovic 15
Mongolia: Dolgor Ichinkhorloo 6, Chimeddolgor Enkhtaivan 5

Group B
Brazil - Mali 78:51
Brazil celebrated the first win at the 2013 University Games. They knocked down Mali to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Monica Nascimento (G-86) came up with 13 points to lead the winning side.
Brazil limited Mali to 12 points in the opening quarter and gained a 7-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Brazil secured a 33:26 halftime advantage. The Latin American team ran away in the third term. They went on a 26:10 run to build an unassailable 23-point lead into the fourth frame. Brazil outscored Mali in the final period to seal a comfortable win at the end. Ariane Silva nailed 12 points, while Luana Souza had 11 points for the winners. Aminata Sissoko (162-PG-93) answered with 17 points for Mali. Farima Toure (184-C-93) netted 11 points in the loss.

Brazil: Monica Nascimento 13, Ariane Silva 12, Luana Souza 11
Mali: Aminata Sissoko 17, Farima Toure 11

USA - Czech Republic 101:61
The USA gained the second consecutive win at the 2013 World University Games. They knocked down Czech Republic to stay perfect in Group B. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) nailed 19 points to pace the winners.
The USA went on a 21:11 run in the starting period. The North American team unloaded 27 points in the second stanza to ensure a 48:27 halftime lead. The USA just kept on mounting the pressure. They fired 30 points in the third period and established a 37-point buffer before the fourth stanza. The USA nailed 23 points in the final quarter cruising to the victory. Tricia Liston (185-G-92) had 14 netted points, while Odyssey Sims (175-G-92) contributed 13 points for the winning team. Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) responded with 17 points for Czech Republic. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) added 12 points in the loss.

USA: Kaleena Lewis 19, Tricia Liston 14, Odyssey Sims 13
Czech Republic: Klara Pochobradska 17, Alena Hanusova 12

Group C
Ukraine - Canada 59:57

Ukraine eked out victory over Canada to open win count at the 2013 University Games in Russia. Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90, agency: LBM Management), Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) and Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) posted 12 points each to lead the charge. Both teams are now tied at 1-1 record.
Ukraine got to the better start. They recorded a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. But Canada denied the deficit in the second frame. The North American team limited Ukraine to 8 points in the second period to snatch a 28:27 halftime advantage. Canada boosted the gap in the third term. The North American side accumulated a 5-point advantage before the fourth stanza. Ukraine went on an 8:4 run late in regulation to take a 59:55 advantage. Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) dragged Canada within two but Ukraine kept their opponents scoreless in the dying seconds to seal the win. Miah-Marie Langlois finished with 14 points for Canada. Rachelle Coward (183-F-90) had 12 points in the loss.

Ukraine: Katerina Dorogobuzova 12, Olga Maznichenko 12, Olesia Malashenko 12+11 boards
Canada: Miah-Marie Langlois 14, Rachelle Coward 12

Taiwan - Japan 69:64
Taiwan celebrated the second consecutive victory at the start of the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. They outscored Japan to stay on top of Group C. Hsieh Pei-Chun (181-C-91) nailed 17 points to pace the winners.
Taiwan registered an 18:16 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated a 35:30 halftime advantage. But Japan picked up the tempo in the third term. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark with ten minutes remaining. Taiwan had to step on the gas in the fourth period to run away with the victory at the end. Huang Ping-Jen (178-F-89) netted 15 points, while Hsu Chien-Hui (171-G/F-89) and Hung-Ying Huang added 8 points each for the winners. Masami Honda answered with 15 points for Japan. Mika Kurihara (178-F-89) and Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) chipped in 12 points each for the losing side.

Taiwan: Hsieh Pei-Chun 17, Huang Ping-Jen 15, Hsu Chien-Hui 8, Hung-Ying Huang 8
Japan: Masami Honda 15, Mika Kurihara 12, Mio Shinozaki 12

Group D
Australia - China 94:45

Australia gained the second consecutive victory in Kazan. They thumped China to stay unbeaten in Group D action. Olivia Thompson (185-F-93) and Tess Magden (90) delivered 20 points each to lead the Aussies.
Australia recorded an 18:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They sparked with a 20:8 run in the second quarter building a comfortable 38:22 halftime buffer. Australia stayed red-hot offensively in the third period. They unloaded 30 points in the stanza to boost the gap at 36-point mark at the final intermission. Australia did not slow down in the fourth frame and raced to the win at the end. Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) and Kate Ebzery (177-G-90) dropped 10 points each for the winning side. Wu Di (186-F-90) responded with 10 points for China. Wu Siyang (182-G/F-91) had 7 points in the loss.

Australia: Olivia Thompson 20, Tess Magden 20, Stephanie Cumming 10, Kate Ebzery 10
China: Wu Di 10, Wu Siyang 7

Hungary - Finland 64:59
Hungary claimed the first win at the 2013 Universiade. They snatched a tough win over Finland for 1-1 record in Group D. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) fired 28 points and grabbed 9 boards to lead Hungary.
The Hungarian team eked out a 17:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Finland bounced back in the next period. They ignited a 24:11 run to gain a 37:28 halftime lead. But Hungary managed to recover in the third period. They cut the deficit at 5-point mark heading into the fourth period. Hungary held their opponents to just 6 points in the final term and surged ahead for the victory at the end. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) and Bettina Baksa (175-G-92) had 6 points each for Hungary. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) replied with 15 points for Finland. Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) delivered 14 points in the loss.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 28, Reka Balint 6, Bettina Baksa 6
Finland: Noora Jarvikangas 15, Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 14


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Kazan - Jul 8, 2013

Group A
Russia - Mongolia 123:23
Russia claimed the opening win at the World University Games. The hosts thrashed Mongolia in Kazan. Liubov Paskalenko (205-C-90) notched 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the winners.
Russia led from start to finish. They erupted for 31 points in the opening frame to take a 21-point lead. Russia added 33 points in the second period to accumulate a 64:17 halftime lead. The hosts scored easily in the second half to breeze to an overwhelming victory at the end. Anastasia Logunova (192-C-90) netted 18 points for Russia. Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) and Tatiana Grigoryeva (179-F-90, agency: IPSA) had 15 points each for the winning side. Solongo Bayasgalan answered with 12 points for Mongolia. Jargalan Dugarsuren had 3 points in the loss.

Russia: Liubov Paskalenko 24, Anastasia Logunova 18, Anastasiya Loginova 15, Tatiana Grigoryeva 15
Mongolia: Solongo Bayasgalan 12, Jargalan Dugarsuren 3

Sweden - Poland 69:48
Sweden recorded the first win at the 2013 World University Games. They defeated Poland in the opener. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) posted 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Sweden limited their opponents to just 6 points in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team posted a 17-point lead. Sweden maintained the gap throughout the second frame. They accumulated a 45:21 halftime lead. Poland stopped the rot in the third term. They got within 16 points at the final intermission. But Sweden reacted with a 17:12 run in the fourth frame to seal the victory. Martina Stalvant (181-G-89) netted 16 points for the winning side. Agata Szczepanik (194-PF-92) responded with 10 points for Poland. Roksana Schmidt (180-SG-92) netted 7 points in the loss.

Sweden: Binta Drammeh 28, Martina Stalvant 16, Kalis Loyd (188-G-89) 7
Poland: Agata Szczepanik 10, Roksana Schmidt 7

Group B
USA - Mali 120:32
The USA claimed the opening win at the 2013 World Universiade. They fired past Mali in the opener in Kazan. Bria Hartley (170-G-92) nailed 17 points to lead the North American side.
It was a one-way traffic right from the start. The USA exploded with 28 points in the first ten minutes to accumulate a 16-point lead. They gap just kept on growing in the next period. The USA enjoyed a 57:20 halftime lead. They unloaded 63 points in the second half to clinch a well-deserved win at the end. Cassandra Harberts (188-F-92) finished with 14 points, while Shoni Schimmel (175-G-92) and Patricia Tricia Liston (185-G-92) added 13 points apiece in the victory. Aminata Mariko (90) answered with 15 points for Mali. Farima Toure (184-C-93) had 5 points in the loss.


USA: Bria Hartley 17, Cassandra Harberts 14, Shoni Schimmel 13, Tricia Liston 13
Mali: Aminata Mariko 15, Farima Toure 5

Czech Republic - Brazil 86:63
Czech Republic celebrated the opening win at the World University Games in Russia. They outscored Brazil in Group B opener. Michaela Stara (175-G-90) nailed 18 points for the winning side.
Czech Republic got to an aggressive start to the game. They built a 30:23 lead after the opening frame. Czech Republic maintained the advantage throughout the second period. The European team posted a 47:37 halftime advantage. Czech Republic boosted the lead in the third period. They arrived at the final intermission up by 27 points. Brazil narrowed the deficit at the end but could not avoid the inevitable at the end. Alena Hanusova (19-C-91) chipped in 13 points, while four other players scored in double digits for Czech Republic. Luana Souza responded with 19 points for Brazil. Leila Zabani (181-G/F-91) had 14 points in the loss.

Czech Republic: Michaela Stara 18, Alena Hanusova 13
Brazil: Luana Souza 19, Leila Zabani 14

Group C
Canada - Japan 76:48

Canada registered the first win at the World University Games in Kazan. They defeated Japan in Group C opener. Lindsay Ledingham (183-F-90) nailed 19 points to lead the winners.
Canada posted an 18:6 lead after the starting quarter. The North American team boosted the gap in the second frame. They accumulated a 42:20 halftime advantage. Things got just worse for Japan in the third term. Canada kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They ensured a 63:32 advantage at the final intermission. Japan stopped the rot in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Dalyce Emmerson (191-F) netted 12 points, while Kris Young (178-G-92) answered with 8 points for the winning side. Mio Shinozaki (166-PG-91) answered with 14 points for Japan. Minami Iju and Satomi Ochiai (165-G-91) had 7 points each in the loss.

Canada: Lindsay Ledingham 19, Dalyce Emmerson 12, Kris Young 8
Japan: Mio Shinozaki 14, Minami Iju 7, Satomi Ochiai 7

Taiwan - Ukraine 84:68
Taiwan opened win count at the 2013 Universiade. They shot down Ukraine in the opener. Huang YingLi (170-G-89) netted 27 points to lead the charge.
It was a battle of two well-matched teams in the first period. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Ukraine pulled in front in the second quarter. They eked out a 38:32 halftime advantage. But Taiwan turned things around in the third term. They exploded with 27 points to secure a three-point lead before the fourth period. Taiwan poured in 25 points in the final quarter to seal the winning outcome. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-F-93) dropped 17 points, while Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) and Hsieh Pei-Chun (181-C-91) contributed 11 points apiece for Taiwan. Olesia Malashenko (191-PF-91, agency: LBM Management) answered with 21 points and 13 boards for Ukraine. Olga Maznichenko (190-F/C-91, agency: LBM Management) notched 17 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Taiwan: Huang YingLi 27, Huang Hsiang-Ting 17, Chang Chi-Fang 11, Hsieh Pei-Chun 11
Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 21+13 boards, Olga Maznichenko 17+11 boards

Group D
China - Finland 74:62

China claimed the opening victory at the World University Games. They outgunned Finland in Group D. Wang Miqi (185-F-89) posted 21 points to lead the charge.
China got to a perfect start. They dominated in the opening minutes to ensure a 26:8 lead ten minutes into the game. Finland narrowed the deficit in the second frame. They cut the distance at 15-point mark at halftime 23:38. China maintained the lead throughout the third term. The Asian team ensured a 58:42 buffer before the fourth period. Finland dropped 20 points to cut the distance in the final frame but came up way too short of win at the end. Fangzhu Gong netted 17 points and grabbed 9 boards, while Shao Ting (183-F-89) added 15 points, 8 boards and 7 assists for the winners. Henna Salomaa (175-G-89, college: Oakland) responded with 14 points for Finland. Noora Jarvikangas (182-SF-94) and Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-G-91) had 13 points apiece in the losing effort.

China: Wang Miqi 21, Fangzhu Gong 17, Shao Ting 15
Finland: Henna Salomaa 14, Noora Jarvikangas 13, Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta 13

Australia - Hungary 79:53
Australia claimed the opening win in Kazan. They fired past Hungary in Group D. Tess Magden (90) came up with 12 points and 6 boards for the winning side.
The Aussies surged ahead in the opening quarter. They registered a 21:11 lead after ten minutes. Australia stretched the lead in the second frame. They established a 41:20 halftime buffer. Hungary could not recover after the big break. Australia went on a 22:13 run in the third period and never looked back en route to the victory. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) posted 11 points, while Emma Langford (188-F-89, college: Wyoming) chipped in 10 points for the winners. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) answered with 21 points for Hungary. Reka Balint (182-SF-91) dropped 10 points in the losing case.

Australia: Tess Magden 12, Marianna Tolo 11, Emma Langford 10
Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 21, Reka Balint 10



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