The fourth day of action at the U19 youth international basketball FIBA U19 World Championship for Women was good for Australia, Spain and Russia as they all booked their tickets for the quarter-final.
With 4 wins they are assured to finish in the top 4 because France and Lithuania who have 2 wins each still have to play each other.
In the classification games for the minor places.
Thailand and Tunisia will now play each other for 15th place.
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Australia already in quarter-final while everything is still open for the rest
Australia beat Lithuania (69-53) with
Liz Cambage scoring an average of a point a minute.
She played for 20 minutes and scored 20 points and came up with 4 blocks.
However it was her team-mate Rachel Jarry (left) who stole the show with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Stephanie Cummings did not have the best of days from the field but was solid from the free-throw line (6-of-6) for her 10 points.
All 11 players got valuable court time as they controlled the game to beat the 2008 U18 European Champions.
Lithuania started the game well. But a poor second quarter left them trailing (23-34) at the interval.
Lithuania struggled to find their game during the third quarter and went into the final period trailing by more than 20 points (33-55).
Lina Pikciute led the scoring for Lithuania with 15 points while Inesa Visgaudaite and Egle Siksniute scored 12 and 11 points each.
Lithuania will play France in their next game.
Czech Republic have one foot in the quarter-final after beating Argentina (72-60) in an entertaining match.
The first quarter was a very scrappy affair but normal at this stage of youth international basketball tournaments.
Neither side was able to impose their style. However the Czech Republic led (16-15) at the end of the first period.
The Czech Republic upped the tempo in the second period and started to play fast flowing basketball to the satisfaction of their coach
Romana Ptackova (right). Michaela Stara started to find her way to the basket. With Katerina Bortonova conducting the play, the Czech Republic went into the interval leading (40-29).
Argentina spent the whole of the second half chasing the game but they were unable to bring down the deficit.
Alena Hanusova led the scoring with 20 points for the Czech Republic.
France huffed and puffed their way to victory against Brazil (59-48).
The match was not pretty to watch and everybody will quickly forget the first quarter.
Both teams were tense at the start and it showed in the way they played. Brazil were the first team to get over their nerves and led (8-2) with three minutes played.
Brazil held on to the lead (17-16) till the end of the first period.
France woke up in the second period and actually dominated all sectors of the game. Once again Alexia Plagnard (left) was conducting the play for France. Hhadydia Minte controlled the paint as France went into the locker room leading (35-24).
Neither side was shooting the ball well and defense became theorder of the day.
Tatiane Nacimiento from Brazil hit a three-pointer which was the highlight of a low scoring third period.
Brazil went all out at the start of the final period and with seven minutes remaining trailed by a single point (44-45).
This was as close as Brazil was to get because France went on the offensive:
Laurie Datchy and Maud Medenou combined for 6 points for France to lead (51-44) with five minutes left to play.
Plagnard ended any hope of a comeback by Brazil with back to back baskets as the game went into money-time (56-48).
France went on to win (59-48) and are back in the hunt for a quarter-final place.
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Spain and Russia remain undefeated
The USA beat Canada (64-50). However the USA did not have it all their way at the start.
The two teams traded basket for basket for almost seven minutes with Canada having the better of the exchange to lead (10-7).
Carol Owens, the USA head coach, called for a time-out.
She changed the strategy and went for a full-court press. Canada panicked and turned the ball over 3 times as the USA outscored them 13-2 to finish the first period leading (20-12) with points coming from five players.
Kelsey Bone opened the scoring for the USA in the second quarter. Her team controlled the pace of the game until the 18th minute while leading (39-20).
The USA relaxed a little and were punished in a typical youth international basket fashion by a couple of three-pointers by
The USA returned from the locker room leading (39-26) and ended the game as a contest with three minutes played in the third period (49-28).
The USA were never in trouble again and went into the final period further ahead (54-37). Canada never gave up and continued to win the battle of the boards but were not in a position to trouble the USA.
Bone and Samantha Prahalis led the US scoring with 14 points each while Nnemkadi Ogwumike fired in 11 points and collected 12 rebounds.
For Canada Taryn Wicijowski scored 16 points.
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Box Scores. Spain had no trouble in holding off Japan (81-57). Marta Xargay led the Spanish attack with 23 points.
Her side led from start to finish but only took full control of the game in the third period.
Russia did not have a good shooting day and just did enough to hold off an exciting Chinese team to win (67-62).
Russia made their move to win the game in the third period and opened up a 14-point lead at one stage before going into the final period with a 9-point advantage (55-46).
Anastasia Logunova (left) led the scoring for Russia with 17 points. While Ding Yuan put in 16 points for China.
China will play Japan in the next game. The loser of this game will be definitely eliminated from the competition.
If the USA beat Russia in the next game, then they will have qualified for the quarter-final.
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Date created: 28 July 2009