FIBA World Championship Women satisfaction for the favourites
The second day of the FIBA World Championship in Ostrava saw Australia from Group A, France and the USA from Group B qualify for the qualification round.
France has the upper hand on Greece
France got off to a perfect start by scoring the first 9 points of the game with less than three minutes on the game clock.
Konstantinos Missas, the Greek coach, called for an immediate time-out to put a stop to the French attack.
His tactic worked as France stopped scoring while his team scored back to back baskets.
With Céline Dumerc pushing her team-mates and Florence Lepron doing most of the scoring France maintained their advantage (14-6) with three minutes left to play in the first quarter.
Clémence Beikes brought the first quarter to an end with a 2-pointer baseline buzzer beater (20-12).
Styliani Kaltsidou and Iouliti Lymoura scored two quick baskets to bring Greece right back into the game.
France were finding it difficult to get into the paint. With just under six minutes to the break Greece were back on level terms (22-22) as France allowed Pelagia Papamichail (left) to get to the basket.
Yet Emméline Ndongue put France back in front from the free-throw line and her team-mates quickly reclaimed control of the game by scoring 11 consecutive points (33-22). The Greek coaching staff decided to call a time-out with less than two minutes to play in the quarter.
France did not let the interruption stop them as they went into the interval ahead (40-23).
Greece started to play more aggressively and with Dimitra Kalentzou becoming more active offensively, Greece reduced their deficit to 11 points (40-51) going into the final quarter.
Greece continued to be aggressive as the intensity of the game went up.
Evanthia Maltsi hit a three-pointer for Greece while Jennifer Digbeu replied in kind for France.
After a couple of time-outs and with five minutes left to play France led (58-48).
Dumerc was all over the place for France, winning critical rebounds, as France did not allow Greece to settle.
With two minutes left to play Maltsi fouled out for Greece. With her departure the game fizzled out and France won (69-55) in their second match in the FIBA World Championship.
Nwal-Endémé Miyem (right) led the French attack with 19 points. Digbeu and Ndongue finished with 11 and 10 points each.
For Greece Olga Chatzinikolas and Kaltsidou scored 12 points each while Maltsi had 10 points.
France will continue the FIBA World Championship for Women in the Qualification Round.
Senegal have no answer for the US game
Diana Taurasi scored the first 8 points for the USA as she had to battle against the physical approach of Senegal (8-4) during the first three minutes.
Once the USA had adapted to their opponents' style, the flood gates opened and Senegal were on the back foot.
Moustapha Gaye, the coach from Senegal, called his first time-out with four minutes remaining in the first quarter with his side trailing (4-19).
Awa Gueye ended the 17-point run of the USA with a baseline trey. But this did not stop the USA from taking the quarter (30-11).
The Americans cruised all through the second quarter and went into the interval leading (58-25).
Geno Auriemma, the USA coach, had the luxury of substituting five players at a time as his side stretched their advantage by the end of the third quarter to (86-36).
Senegal woke up at the beginning of the final quarter. They started to hit shots from all over the court while the USA appeared to have relaxed.
Yet Ashia Jones scored the 100th point for the USA with 36 minutes played with the USA lead having ballooned to over 50 points.
The USA went on to win (108-52) and have booked their ticket for the next phase of the FIBA World Championship for Women.
Six players from the USA were in double digits with College student Maya Moore (above in picture) leading the way with 15 points. For Senegal Fatou Deng was the only player in double digits with 10 points.
Group B: USA 108-52 Senegal France 69-55 Greece
Australia qualify for qualification round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, while China are in difficulty
In the first game of the day in Ostrava, China took on Canada. Both teams had suffered defeats on day 1.
China opened the game aggressively and with excellent shooting from Lijie Miao (left) opened up an early lead (11-2) with four minutes played.
Canada picked themselves up and the two teams traded basket for basket for the rest of the quarter with China holding on to the advantage (23-18).
The second quarter became a battle between the number 8 of both teams. Kimberly Smith scored 10 of her 13 first-half points during this spell.
At the same time the number 8 for China Miag added 5 points to finish on 16 points as China went into the locker room ahead (37-30).
After the break Canada started to play their characteristical running game. Tamara Tatham started the Canadian fightback to make up their deficit midway through the quarter.
Teressa Gabreille, the Canadian captain, conducted the plays for Canada. She made sure that her team went into the final quarter leading (52-50) after making a nice pass for Smith to cut in the lane for a lay-up on the buzzer.
The first eight minutes of the last quarter was end to end basketball with Canada coming out on top (65-59).
Allison McNeill, the coach from Canada, called for a time-out to calm her players down. They then paced themselves to victory (65-61).
Smith finished the match with 26 points while Tatham was the only other player in double digits for Canada with 11 points.
Nan Chen led the scoring for China with 20 points with Miao also contributing 20 points.
Australia and Belarus gave a master class display in the art of perimeter shooting during the first 10 minutes as they hit a combined total of 7-from-12 from beyond the arc.
Australia edged the first quarter (24-21) with Lauren Jackson (left) leading the way with 9 points.
Belarus lost their three-point shooting skills during the second quarter. They then fell further behind as they struggled to get into the Australian paint.
Treys by Kristie Harrower and Hollie Grima and clutch shooting enabled Australia to head into the locker room leading (42-32).
The third quarter was very technical and not exciting to watch as neither side was able to get into any rhythm.
Australia went into the final quarter ahead (55-43).
Belarus opened the final quarter with a trey by Anastasiya Verameyenka as her side came out fighting.
A second trey by Verameyenka got the Belarus supporters on their feet. But the fans were soon silenced when Jenna O'Hea was left wide open for a three-pointer.
O'Hea extended the advantage for the ladies from down under from the charity stripes (63-50) with just under seven minutes to play.
Belarus continued to push in order to create openings for three-points shots. However every time they connected, Belinda Snell hit back for Australia.
Anatoli Buyalski, the coach from Belarus, called a time-out with his side trailing (55-70) with four minutes to play.
Yet nothing changed for his team and Australia strolled to victory (83-59) and hence have qualified for the qualification round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Snell led the Australian attack with 17 points while Jackson and Harrower scored 13 points each. For Belarus Verameyenka top scored for Belarus with 14 points while the captain Trafimava finished on 12 points.
Tatyana Troina was the other player in double digits with 10 points.
Group A: China 61-65 Canada Australia 83-59 Belarus