Pilsen, Czech Republic – NetScouts Basketball is at the FIBA U17 World Championships for Women taking place in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The action has progressed where, later today, the USA and Spain will battle for the title. Hungary and the host team, the Czech Republic, are getting ready to play for 3rd place.
There were some excellent matches leading up to the finals. The USA has been about as dominating as possible as their closest games have been 28-point victories, the last a 91-63 semi-final romp over Hungary. 6’3″ Katie Samuelson has led a balanced American attack, averaging 15 ppg, while shooting 18-of-44 on three-pointers and led the team with 25 points in the Hungary win.
Spain has been almost as dominant, with their closest game a 73-52 win over Brazil. Angela Salvadores, a very active 5’9″ guard has been all over the court, leading Spain with 16.5 ppg, 8.0 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game. She is a candidate for the Most Outstanding Player Award regardless of the outcome of the final against the USA today. Spain trounced the Czech Republic in the semi-finals 73-41.
Hungary and the host Czechs had heir best international competition to date. The Hungarians won a series of close games in the opening round, topping Canada by three points, Korea by five and the Czech Republic by three before beating Japan by ten points in the quarter-finals. 5’11” Debora Dubei has lead Hungary, scoring at 16.7 points a game with five rebounds per contest. She’s shot a solid 14-of-30 on threes. 6’1″ Eniko Kuttor has been solid inside (9.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg).
The Czech Republic has made an excellent showing with key wins over Canada and Italy in the opening round and a solid 11-point victory over Australia in the quarter-finals. 6’4″ center Julia Reisingerova has been the best post player at the event, averaging a double-double (16.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg). She had 28 points and 16 rebounds in the three-point loss to Hungary and followed that up with a 27-point, 15-rebound effort in the win over Canada.
After losing to the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals, Australia bounced back to beat France 65-48 in the 5-8 classification round. They’ll face Canada for fifth place. The Aussies have had a balanced team effort and are led by point guard Tahlia Tupaea (11.0 ppg, 3.0 apg). Tupaea led Australia with 13 points against France. Canada squeaked out a 46-45 win over Japan to advance to the fifth place contest. Mikaela Brewer led Canada with 17 points while Bridget Carleton added nine points and nine rebounds. The 6’1″ Carleton leads Canada with 15 ppg and 6.3 rpg.
We’ll cover the final games today and post our All-Tournament team tomorrow. For those in the USA the championship game against Spain will be played at about 20:15 local time and can be viewed live from this link.