Youth international basketball FIBA U19 World Championship for Women
France felt the heat on day 2 in Thailand

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On the second day of the FIBA U19 world championship women youth international basketball in Thailand, France suffered their first defeat (57-66) against Australia.

Australia have been to France on numerous occasions during the last 18 months and Liz Cambage is well known to the French team.

She scored 38 points with 27 coming in the second quarter of the game. You can read our youth international basketball match report by clicking on the link below or scrolling down the page.

Australia 66-57 France

In the other game in Group A Argentina required a final-quarter recovery to beat Korea (73-63).

Argentina went into the interval leading (32-23) but then went to sleep during the start of the third period.

They allowed Ahn Hyojin to score 3 three-pointers as her side went in front (34-32) with less than two minutes played in the quarter.

Korea had a maximum lead of 7 points and went into the final period leading (49-46).

The last quarter was a tense affair for the first five minutes with Argentina regaining the lead (58-57) for good through Agostina Burani.

Nayla Kraft led Argentina scoring with 18 points while Nadia Flores was the hero of the day with her final-quarter performance. She finished with 11 points.

With the defeat Korea are eliminated from the competition and will play in the 12th-16th place classification.

In the rest of the action form the other group:

Brazil remain perfect in Group B after beating the Czech Republic and have qualified for the Qualification round.

Lithuania recovered from their defeat on the opening day to beat Thailand (89-34).

Thailand are not out of the competition yet but must win against the Czech Republic and then hope on the Czech Republic beating Brazil.

In case of Brazil beating the Czech Republic then Thailand would need to beat Lithuania by 36 points to be sure of qualification.

In Group C Canada blew away Tunisia (87-26) while Russia beat Japan (83-64). Tunisia's second defeat eliminated them from the title race.

Group D leaders Spain made it two wins from two games with a comfortable victory against Mali (89-35) while the USA beat China (86-53). Mali cannot qualify for the Qualification round.

France fell to the Australian gems

Dean Kinsman the Australian head coach, has made three trips to France in the last 18 months with his team to play in youth international basketball tournaments.

The aim was for his players to learn about how the European teams play basketball.

Liz (Elizabeth) Cambage © FIBAFrance knew all about Liz (Elizabeth) Cambage (left) as they had seen her play during the GEMS spring tour of France and Italy.

Cambage finished the game with 38 points and 10 rebounds.

She also drew 15 fouls as Australia ran out winners (66-57).

However the game was only decided in the last minute.

Rachel Jarry who was the MVP in a recent tournament in France picked up an offensive rebound and scored.

Then Stephanie Cummings caught Eléonore Grossemy off guard to take the ball and have a free run to the basket to score (65-57) with 18 seconds left to play and pick up a foul.

Cummings hit the free-throw for the last score of the game.

France actually had the better start to the game and led (13-8) after a three-pointer by Grossemy with 90 seconds left to play in the first period.

Australia reduced the deficit with back to back baskets from Cambage (12-13) by the end of the first period.

France managed to keep Cambage quiet in the second period and did most of their scoring from outside the paint.

They went into the locker room leading (29-24). Australia kept in touch with three-pointers from Cummings and Kerryn Harrington.

The third period belonged to Cambage as she scored the first 10 points for her side to take the lead (34-32) with five minutes left to play in the quarter.

Margaux Okou Zouzouo put a halt to the Cambage's show briefly to tie the game (34-34) for the last time in the game.

Cambage put Australia back in front before Harrington added a couple more points from the free-throw line.

France were on the back foot and then lost Allison Verneray in a strange incident.

She was called for a foul on Cambage. Unknown to Veneray or the French team, she was already on 4 fouls and had to leave the court with her 5th foul. There was some discussion but the official score sheet showed 5 fouls.

Cambage scored the free-throws and by the end of the quarter Australia led (46-36).

Australia maintained their control early on in the final period and had a maximum lead of 16 points (52-36).

France went on a late charge with Isabelle Strunc hitting 5 points and Pauline Thizy also finding her way to the basket (43-54) with six minutes left to play.

France started to shoot more from beyond the arc with Thizy and Okou Zouzouo hitting the target.

Once again Cambage kept Australia on track with 2 more points (58-49).

Laurie Datchy continued the French three-point festival and Australia were put on the back foot.

Cambage was called for a shooting foul on Okou Zouzouo from beyond the arc.

Okou Zouzouo hit all three free-throws and with the game entering money-time Grossemy fired in for France (57-60).

France did not score again and Australia went on win.

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Date created: 24 July 2009

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