Olympic Qualifying Tournament Semi-final day in Ankara
The semi-final of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament is really a Final 4 with the winner going to the Olympics and the rest going home empty handed.
Yuko Oga (in picture) from Japan explained after her team had lost to the Czech Republic (47-53) that she only joined the team three weeks ago because she had returned from rehabilitation and despite the defeat the team was okay and would be focused for the next game.
She kept her word as she took over the point guard duty in their semi-final match and knocked in 20 points and dished out 5 assists in the victory against Korea.
In the second quarter-final, Canada not only won the rebounding stakes against Argentina but also the match (58-41) to book their place in the final game against Japan.
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Japan fired in 21 straight points to lead (23-2) after seven minutes. They more or less killed the game as a contest by the end of the first quarter (29-4).
Japan hit 11-of-15 shots from the floor during the first 10 minutes. Although their percentage dropped during the second quarter Japan went into the locker room leading (47-20) with Yuko Oga on fire with 18 points and 5 assists.
With Yeon Ha Beon and Jung-Ja Sin struggling offensively for Korea, Japan were not really handicapped by the foul problems for Yuka Mamiya.
Instead the Japanese bench took over from the starters during the second half and protected the advantage all the way to the end of the match.