After the youth international basketball fireworks from the quarter-finals, the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship Women semi-final was dull.
The USA and Spain more or less ended their games as a contest in the first period.
Spain scored the first 17 points of the game to lead (19-3) by the end of the first quarter.
Argentina went on a 12-0 run at the start of the second period but were unable to make up the deficit and finally ended up losing (47-69).
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Brazil finished the tournament in 9th place after beating the Czech Republic (75-70) while China overturned Japan (76-59) to finish 11th.
USA are back in the final of the FIBA U19 World Championship Women
There is really not much to say about this game between USA and Canada as it was over as a contest by the end of the first period.
Nicole Larke opened the scoring with a trey for Canada. That was all Canada had to offer. The USA went on the attack with a solid fast break transition game and fired in 27 unanswered points. Canada's only other points came from the free-throw line.
Canada also lost Natalie Achonwa after seven minutes as she appeared to have hurt her hip.
The USA went into the second period leading (27-6) and continued their scoring festival with 12 more quick points to lead (39-6) with less that 14 minutes played.
The USA relaxed a little and Canada were able to find their way to the basket. However the USA went into the locker room with a comfortable advantage (50-18).
All the USA players were given a chance to play during the second half. Yet their coach Carol Owens was not happy with turnovers after the break.
It was difficult at times for the USA to remain focused with the game won so early. All the same the second half was a lively affair with the USA coming out winners (82-51).
For the USA Kelsey Bone’s 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field was the leading scorer. Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 12 points. Skylar Diggins and Samantha Prahalis scored 11 and 10 points each.
For Canada Kayla Alexander led the scoring with 12 points.Youth international box score
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Spain keep it going and are in the final
Spain required 100 seconds to settle down. Then they opened the scoring with a trey by Marta Tudance.
Spain scored another 14 points as they completely dominated the first period to lead (17-0).
Argentina finally got off their mark with Nadia Flores splitting a pair of free-throws. Then Andrea Boquete scored Argentina’s first points from open play in the last minute of the quarter.
But it was Spain who had the last score through Cristina Ouvina to lead (19-3) at the end of the first period.
Boquete went on a one-lady mission for Argentina at the start of the second period with 8 points including two 3-pointers and an assist as her team went on a 12-0 run during the first five minutes of the quarter (15-19).
Tudance ended the Argentinian sequence with a trey. Both teams scored regularly for the rest of the quarter with Spain maintaining the upper hand to go into the locker room leading (31-24).
Spain stepped up the tempo after the break. With Marta Xargay taking over the scoring duties from Tudance, Spain stretched their advantage (53-36) by the end of the third quarter.
Argentina’s overtime exploits in previous matches became evident as they looked tired. They tried all they could but were unable to really threaten Spain again.
Spain went on to win (67-49) with Tudance leading the way with 17 points. Xargay and Vega Gimeno added 13 and 10 points apiece.
Boquete fired in 21 points for Argentina.
Youth International Basketball Box Scores.
Argentina, Canada, Spain and the USA qualify for semi-final
The Czech Republic and Brazil miss out from Group E, while Canada qualifies from Group F
All to play for in Group E and USA qualify in Group F
France still in with a chance, the USA beat Canada
France lose again - this time Argentina
Liz Cambage scores 38 points in beating France
France start with a win on day 1
U19 World Championship for Women draw
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