Senegal, an easy opponent for France at the FIBA World Championship

The following teams are playing in Ostrava in the preliminary round of the FIBA World Championship for Women:

Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, France, Greece, Senegal and the USA.

 France playing Senegal at the 2010 Fiba world Championship for women ©

France opened their campaign with a comfortable victory against Senegal (83-45) with Clémence Beikes and Céline Dumerc (below right) top scoring with 12 points while Emméline Ndongue added 10 points. Dumerc also dished out 6 assists. Céline Dumerc at the 2010 Fiba world Championship for women ©

However Senegal started the match full of energy and led (4-2) early on. Yet a 9-0 burst by France put France in front for good (11-4) with just under four minutes played.

It was one way traffic in terms of scoring as France dominated the first quarter (22-13).

Pierre Vincent continued to turn his roster during the second quarter. A 15-0 run by France brought the game to an end as a contest (33-13) with just over 16 minutes played.

 Mame-Marie Sy-Diop at the 2010 Fiba world Championship for women © Womensbasketball-in-france.comMame-Marie Sy-Diop (left) scored her team's only field goal with just over a minute to play in the second quarter.

France headed into the locker room leading (44-16).

They then relaxed a little too much after the break while Senegal started to attack the basket more and reduced their deficit going into the final quarter (32-55).

So Pierre Vincent asked his players to increase their intensity in the last quarter.

The team stepped on the accelerator with perfect perimeter shooting (62-34). This resulted in the Senegalese coach, Moustapha Gaye, calling a time-out with seven minutes still to play.

Yet nothing changed for Senegal and France cruised to a comfortable win (83-45).

Awa Traore had 10 points, while Sy-Diop added 8 points, took 6 rebounds and blocked twice in her team's defeat.

In the other game from Group B, the USA beat Greece (99-73) with all 12 players scoring.

Evanthia Maltsi from Greece led all scoring with 29 points. She went 6-of-7 from behind the arc. Her team-mate and Bourges Basket player Styliani Kaltsidou fired in 21 points.

The USA were firmly in control by the interval leading (52-35) and had five players in double digits with Swin Cash and Angel McCoughtry leading the way with 16 points each.

Tunics are back in fashion

 Belarus celebrating at the 2010 Fiba World Championship for Women © FIBA

The Belarus women's basketball team is setting new fashion trends at the FIBA World Championship by playing in sports tunics.

They beat Group A rivals China (68-57) with 20 points coming from Yelena Leuchanka.

In the other Group game from the Ostrava venue Australia had to wait until the second half to put away Canada (72-47).

After Australia returned from the locker room leading (41-35) they conceded just 13 points during the second half.

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Date created: 23 September 2010

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