FIBA World Championship
Qualification round, day 1



 2010 FIBA World Championship Logo  © FIBA  On day four of the FIBA World Championship for Women, matches are played in two venues in the Czech Republic.

The four teams eliminated, Argentina, China, Mali and Senegal play in the classification games for 12th place in Karlovy Vary.

Group F, which consists of the remaining six teams from group A and B remain in Ostrava while Group F games (from the best six teams of group C and D) are played in Brno.

Due to television right issues, the times of some of the games have been changed from the original schedule.

France play all their qualification games at 18:00 CET (16:00 GMT).
Our coverage of the championship continues from Ostrava with highlights from Brno.

Review of all the news from the preliminary round

You can read more about the Group of interest by clicking on the following links or scrolling down the page:

1. Group E: USA and Australia on course for showdown

2. Group F: Russia and Spain setting the pace

Group E: Australia sail past Greece

Australia have one leg in the quarter-final

 Liz Cambage in front of Eirini Mitropoulou  © womensbasketball-in-france.com  Australia started the match against Greece with Liz Cambage (left in Green), Kristie Harrower, Lauren Jackson, Belinda Snell and Penny Taylor and more or less killed the match as a contest after just four minutes leading (16-2).

Carrie Graf, the Australian coach started to rotate by the end of the first quarter to give all 12 players time on the court.

With no points coming from Evanthia Maltsi and Sylviana Kaltsidou in foul problem, Greece still managed to match Australia for the remaining of the first quarter (15-27).

 Styliani Kaltsidou and Hollie Grima  © womensbasketball-in-france.com  Australia reverted back to the starting five at the start of the second quarter to go further ahead with just over 15 minutes played (42-18). By the interval their advantage was (56-24).

Greece lacked the height to deal with Jackson and Cambage and fell further behind by the end of the third quarter (37-72).

The game fizzled out and the Greek head coach gave his bench players a run during the last three minutes.

Australia won the match (93-54) with Jackson and Cambage scoring 20 points each. Jackson also collected 10 rebounds.

Taylor added 10 points, while for Greece Kaltsidou and Olga Chatzinikolaou both finished on 10 points. On a sad note: Nikole Soulis had to leave the game after hurting her shoulder.


France have beaten Belarus (58-48) despite only going 1-of-10 from beyond the arc. Here you can read our full game report.

Belarus hit 9 three-pointers but conceded 14 points from the end of the third quarter until midway through the final quarter, which resulted in them losing the game.

Céline Dumerc was the player of the match for France with 13 points, 5 assists and 6 steals.


 Angel McCoughtry  © womensbasketball-in-france.com  In the final game of the evening, once again the USA had a slow start allowing Canada to push ahead (6-3) with three minutes played. They extended this advantage to (11-5) midway through the quarter.

Angel McCoughtry's (left) introduction kick-started her side into action. Both teams were soon level with back to back scores from her.

The USA continued scoring with Tina Charles and Lindsay Whalen (17-11) to complete a 12-0 run.

 Lindsay Whalen  © womensbasketball-in-france.com  Janelle Bekkering ended the sequence with a trey for Canada. But it was the Connecticut connection of Maya Moore and Charles that finished the scoring for the USA to edge the first quarter (19-14).

The USA dominated the second quarter and brought to an end the suspense as they headed into the looker room leading (47-25).

Whalen (right) led the USA with 16 points as her side cruised to victory (87-46).

Group results:

Greece 54-93 Australia
France 58-48 Belarus
USA 87-46 Canada

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Group F: Spain is undefeated

Spain remain unbeaten at the FIBA World Championship for Women after beating Japan (86-59).

 Sancho Lyttle   © FIBA.com  Spain did most of the damage during the first 20 minutes and led (50-27) going into the interval.

Japan did not give up to edge the third quarter. Yet Spain were too strong and regained control during the final quarter. Once again Sancho Lyttle (right) was impressive with 29 points, 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes.

In the other group game, the Czech Republic beat Korea (96-65).


 Eva Vitecková  © FIBA.com  Eva Vitecková (left) was the match winner for the hosts with a game high 27 points. She hit 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc in the 27 minutes she was on the court.

Korea had the better start to the match and led (12-9) with just under five minutes left to play in the first quarter.

Vitecková tied the game with a trey. Then it became one way traffic for 10 minutes in favour of the hosting nation.

The Czech Republic outscored Korea 30-8, which helped them in establishing a lead of 16 points going into the interval (49-33).

Korea took full advantage of some careless play by their opponents to reduce the deficit to 13 points early in the third quarter.

This was as close as they got because the hosts recovered. Jana Vesela and Vitecková scored 4 points each during an 8-0 run that put the Czech Republic in control for good.


Russia are the fourth team to stay perfect after beating Brazil (76-53).

Ilona Korstin explained after the match that the game was not their best one of the tournament but the victory was important.

Korstin and Olga Arteshin led the scoring for Russia with 11 points each.

Group results:

Japan 59-86 Spain
Czech Republic 95-65 Korea
Russia 76-53 Brazil

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Date created: 27 September 2010


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