FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
Spain and USA contest the final


The FIBA TV cameras were in place for the two semi-final matches and it is now possible to view highlights from Spain against Australia and USA against Brazil on their website.

However the semi-final day started with classification games for lower positions. Chinese Taipei beat hosts Chile (86-49) in the game for 11th place. Yu-Ting Lin led the way for Chinese Taipei with 15 points and 3 assists while Fernanda Serrano scored 11 points for the hosts.

Chile did not win a single match in this championship but ended up in 12th place due to the absence of Nigeria.

China, leading by 19 points at the interval, survived a late surge by Italy to claim 9th place (66-62). Dong Yu scored 25 points and picked up 10 rebounds for the winners while Alessandra Formica scored 23 points for Italy.

Canada were given a scare by Japan in the first of the classification games for fifth place. Canada led (61-39) going into the final quarter.

Shiori Takada hit four three-pointers during the final quarter as Japan went on a long distance shooting offensive outscoring their opponents 32-16.

Canada hung on to win (77-71) with 19 points coming from Michelle Plouffe while Nirra Fields, Katherine Plouffe and Wumi Agunbiabe all finished with double digits numbers with 14, 13 and 11 points.

Takada was the game top scorer with 29 points while Rui Machida had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

JennyFrance rolled over Russia during the final quarter 28-8 to win the game (82-50). Jenny Fouasseau led the French attempt with 17 points while Héléna Akmouche and Clarince Djaldi-Tabdi (11 rebounds) contributed 16 and 13 points.

For France Johanna Joseph and Eléonore Grossemy did not play, all the remaining players scored at least 2 points.

The game itself started rather slowly with both teams missing a lot of shots. All the same France led (10-7) after seven minutes but the Russians finished stronger and edged the first quarter (15-12).

The second quarter remained tight for the first seven minutes (25-25). France started to play a full court press to close the quarter. A trey from Akmouche put France in the lead for good as they took control of the game going into the locker room ahead (32-28).

After the break France increased the tempo slowly and killed the game as a contest with an 11-0 run to lead (47-34) with 26 minutes played.

Russia went through the motions for the rest of the quarter to go into the final quarter trailing (42-54).

Fouasseau and Akmouche hit a three-pointer each within the first minutes of the 4th quarter and Russia surrendered.

The Russian coach decided to play her bench and take out her main players for the rest of the game.

France continued to score and went on to win by 32 points.

France meet Canada in the fifth place match of the U19 FIBA World Championship Women.

You can read our U19 FIBA World Championship semi-final reports and analysis for each game by selecting the link below.

Spain 55-49 Australia
USA 82-66 Brazil

Spain peaking at U19 FIBA World Championship Women

When it comes down to continental youth basketball set-ups then Spain are considered to be number one in Europe.

The Australian set-up is much different to Spain club culture but the AIS programme has enabled the Australians to put a structure in place that has helped develop many players in the programme and elite youth club players.

So the semi-final match-up between two of the giants of youth international basketball was expected to be a classic.

As it turned out, it was a good game with plenty of suspense and some excellent moments but it is not going down as a classic.

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After a promising first quarter in which both sides had their moments with seven Australians and six Spaniards scoring as Spain led (16-15), the game became slow, sloppy and very technical.

Individual exploits became the order of the day as Spain went into the locker room leading (24-20).

After the break the match went for Australia from bad to worse with Tayla Roberts falling and hurting herself. She left the court in pain and did not return. They also lost Rebecca Allen who appeared to have rolled her ankle midway through the quarter.

Spain appeared to be cruising at this point in the match leading (30-22) with 24 minutes played. However the Gems managed to stay on the tail of Spain with solid free throwing from Sara Blicavs.

Free throws were the saving grace for Australia as they drew level (33-33) after Rebecca Cole split a pair.

In the meanwhile Mariona Ortiz and Laura Gil were pulling out the plays to keep Spain in front going into the final quarter (37-35).

GretelAstou Ndour from Spain and Gretel Tippett from Australia continued their private battle till the end of the game. Tippett fouled out with five seconds to play.

Spain stayed in front for most of the quarter but were unable to put Australia away. They almost paid the prize when Blicavs tied the game for the last time from the free-throw line (45-45).

Spain were forced to dig deep and Ndour gave Spain the lead for good. Yet the shot of the match came from Marina Delgado whose three-ball, her only points of the game, gave Spain the breathing space they required (50-45) with 80 seconds left to play.

The expectation was that the remaining time would be played at the free-throw line. But once again the coaches had other ideas and the spectators were given some thrills.

Kerryn Harrington somehow got a shot off in the paint for Australia with 34 seconds to play to make it a 2-point game.

Spain used a time-out and Elisabet Vivas was brought into the game. 19 seconds later she scored.

Australia quickly went down the other end but Blicavs missed her shot. Ndour picked up the offensive rebound and was fouled by Tippett.

Tippett had to leave the game. Ndour went 1-of-2 and Spain were back in U19 World Championship final.

Ndour led the way for Spain with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Ortiz had 10 points and 5 assists. Gil scored 8 points, picked up 9 rebounds, made 3 blocks and had 5 steals.

For Australia Cole led the way with 14 points and 5 steals while Blicavs finished with 11 points.

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The USA want to defend U19 FIBA World Championship Women crown

BriaThe USA allowed Brazil to have seven minutes of fun at the start of the game (9-13) and then switched them off.

Bria Hartley (left) stepped up with back to back treys and the USA were on their way leading (20-15) after the first quarter.

Joice Coelho and Tassia Carcavalli fired in back to back treys at the start of the second quarter which resulted in a USA time-out despite leading (26-23).

After the time-out USA went on a 16-2 run which more or less ended the suspense (42-25) with five minutes left to play in the quarter.

The USA relaxed a little too much but still went into the locker room with a double digit advantage (49-36).

Brazil continued to chip away at the score without ever threatening to take control of the game. However with just over 27 minutes played they trailed by just 5 points (50-55).

The USA decided at this moment to raise their game and finished the quarter with an 11-2 run (66-52).

Brazil were struggling in all sectors of the game but still kept within striking range. The USA were forced to accelerate once more with a 7-0 run to finally end the game as a contest (76-57) with six minutes to play.

Hartley did not score during the second half of the match but finished top scorer with 20 points. Stefanie Dolson, Cierra Burdick and Ariel Massengale scored 12, 11 and 10 points respectively.

For Brazil Damires Dantas led the way with 13 points while Joice Coelho and Tassia Carcavalli added 12 and 11 points each.

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Date created: 31 July 2011


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