The USA continued to dominate at the FIBA U17 World Championships for Women in Amsterdam. On the fourth day of preliminary play, the USA easily defeated Belgium 80-50 led by Rebecca Greenwell’s 17 points. Diamond DeShields (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Kaela Davis (12 points) also scored in double-figures for the Americans. Belgium shot only 23% from the field, and their best player, Hind Ben Alexander was limited to a 2-for-24 shooting display.
In a battle of 3-0 teams, Japan remained unbeaten with a 83-79 win over Spain. Ai Yamada made 4-of-5 three-pointers in leading Japan in scoring with 20 points. 5’9 Leticia Romero led Spain with 22 points. The game was close throughout with Spain holding a one-point lead with slightly over a minute to play. Evelyn Mawuli scored on a jumper to give Japan a 80-79 lead with 1:03 remaining, then after an Italian miss Mawuli scored again inside and was fouled. She made the free throw to give Japan a four-point lead with 13 seconds left. Muwuli scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help Japan to their fourth straight win.
In the other games, Canada romped over Mali 77-42 led by 14 points by Kia Nurse, and Italy had no problem disposing of South Korea 79-53. 6’1 Elisa Penna led four Italians in double-figures with 14 points and also grabbed a team high 11 rebounds. 6’2 center Ji Su Park led the Koreans with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Netherlands ran away from Brazil 62-42 behind Isabella Slim’s 19 points and 13 rebounds. The Netherlands out-rebounded Brazil 61-37 and held the Brazilians to 24.7% shooting.
In the nightcap, Australia kept a small lead throughout much of the game in defeating Turkey 63-53. 6’1 Louise Brown led the Aussies with 13 points and 14 rebounds. It wasn’t a particularly well played game. Australia shot only 24% from the field and won as a result of Turkey’s 30 turnovers. Hulya Coklar led Turkey with 15 points and 11 boards.
Group A: USA (4-0), Italy (3-1), Belgium and Canada (2-2), South Korea (1-3), Mail (0-4)
Group B: Japan (4-0), Spain and Netherlands (3-1), Australia (2-2), Turkey and Brazil (0-4)
Thanks to FIBA for the photos!