The FIBA U17 World Championship for women got underway yesterday in Amsterdam. The United States began the defense of their title by blasting South Korea 131-79. The teams set a scoring record in the win as the 220 total points broke the previous record of 204.
The USA had seven players in double figures led by 6’1 Rebecca Greenwell’s 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, 6’3 Brianna Turner’s 20 points and 10 rebounds in only 16 minutes, Taya Reiner with 15 points and 10 rebounds and 6’5 Mercedes Russell shot a perfect 8-for-8 while scoring 17 points in 18 minutes of play..
Diamond DeShields and Kaela Davis each scored 12 points for the Americans.
In other action in Group A action, 5’7 point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader was a one woman wrecking crew as she collected 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in Belgium’s 81-45 blowout of Mali. Italy topped Canada with a second-half rally to win 68-55. 5’8 point guard Antonia Peresson scored 18 points, Elisa Penna had 16 and Martina Kacerik scored 15 points for the Italians, who forced 23 turnovers for Canada. Kia Nurse was the only Canadian in double figures with 20 points.
The host team, the Netherlands had a 16-point lead cut to one in their thriller with Turkey before finishing solidly for a 67-60 win. Isabella Slim led the winners with 21 points. Turkey was led with 22 points and 14 rebounds from 6’2 Hulza Coklar while Bursa Akbas added 19 points.
Japan had a surprisingly easy 92-71 win over Brazil as 5’10 Yunika Nakamura scored 21 points and 5’11 Evelyn Mawuli contributed a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Japan was strong from long distance, hitting 10 of 20 three-pointers. Brazil was paced by Izabella Sangalli’s 23 points.
Spain topped Australia thanks to outscoring the Aussies 23-3 in the third quarter. The Aussies led by eight points at halftime before Spain started the third quarter with 17 straight points on their way to a 65-49 win. Yaiza Rodriguez led Spain with 19 points while 6’0 point guard Ariadna Pujol added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Leticia Romero had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for the winners. Tiana Mangakahia was the only Australian in double figures with 10 points.
Today’s top games include Brazil vs. Australia, the USA vs. Canada and Spain vs. Turkey. The host team from the Netherlands will face Japan.
Thanks to FIBA for the photos.