The USA successfully defended their FIBA U17 World Championship for Women title with a 75-62 win over Spain in Amsterdam. The Americans were led with 13 points each by Diamond DeShields, Rebecca Greenwell and Lindsay Allen. Taya Reimer added 12 points.
The USA had a 20 rebound advantage led by Greenwell’s 12 boards. Marina Lizarazu tried to keep Spain in the game with three three-pointers and 19 points.
The Americans broke out early and took a 22-8 lead after the first quarter. That was more or less the game as the teams battled evenly through the remainder of the contest. The USA took a nine-point lead into the half and then scored the first 14 points of the third quarter to extend their lead to 23. They were not seriously challenged after that.
You can see highlights here courtesy of FIBA.
Canada topped Japan 84-77 for the bronze medal. Canada came back from an 11-point halftime deficit as they outscored Japan 28-12 in the third quarter. Japan cut the lead to one at 72-71 on an Evelyn Mawuli basket with 5:59 left. However, Canada scored the next six points to get breathing room.
Here are highlights of the bronze medal contest:
6’5 center Emily Potter was especially effective scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 17 minutes of play. Emma Wolfram helped out with 15 points and 15 boards. Yunika Nakamura was outstanding in keeping Japan close, scoring 27 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and getting to the foul line 15 times.
In the other games, Australia defeated Italy 58-49 for 5th place as Alicia Froling scored 12 points and Vanessa Panousis scored 11 and grabbed 13 rebounds from her off-guard spot.
Belgium beat the Netherlands 70-65 in the 7th place game. Hind Ben Abdelkader got her shooting touch back and poured in 29 points.
- USA (8-0)
- Spain (5-3)
- Canada (5-3)
- Japan (5-3)
- Australia (5-3)
- Italy (5-3)
- Belgium (3-5)
- Netherlands (4-4)
- South Korea (3-4)
- Mail (1-6)
- Brazil (2-5)
- Turkey (0-7)
We’ll post our All-Tournament Teams tomorrow morning.
Thanks to FIBA for the photos!