Saturday’s games were pretty one-sided. The closest game was Australia’s 56-46 win over Brazil. The USA continued their expected dominance with an 86-47 romp over Canada. The scores of the other games were: Italy 71 – Mali 31; Spain 77 – Turkey 49, Belgium 84 – South Korea 53 and Japan 73 – Netherlands 53.
On Sunday, the USA had another easy contest as they dismantled Italy 83-43. In the other games South Korea got their first win beating Mali 76-61, Spain romped over Brazil 79-42 and Japan won their third straight beating Turkey 83-75. The Netherlands won before their home fans upsetting Australia 70-62 while Canada handed Belgium their first loss by a score of 50-45.
The top performing players of the weekend were:
6’1 Diamond DeShields of the USA had an amazing game against Canada. In 26 minutes of action, DeShields scored 29 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had four assists and five steals. She also hit 3-of-4 three-pointers in the contest. Canada shot a horrible 15-for-72 (20.8%) in the game.
Belgium’s point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader had another great game in her team’s romp over South Korea. Ben Abdelkader, the leader scorer of the event so far, scored 29 points in 28 minutes and added five rebounds and three assists. She then had her first poor game of the event in Belgium’s loss to Canada, missing all 11 of her two-pointers while shooting 3-of-17 overall, scoring only nine points and committing six turnovers.
Italy’s Antonia Peresson didn’t need to do too much in her team’s easy win over an outmatched Mail squad. Peresson ran the offense efficiently in her 21 minutes on the court. She had 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and only one turnover.
Japan’s 5’10 Yunika Nakamura has been consistent in her team’s solid play. She scored over 20 points in each of her three games. This weekend she led the team with 22 points and six rebounds in the Netherlands win and then scored 21 with six rebounds in the victory over Turkey. She’s shooting slightly over 50% (19-for-37) thus far in the tournament.
Australia’s 56-46 win over Brazil was an extremely sloppy affair with 56 total turnovers. The Aussies did receive a strong effort from point guard Tiana Mangakahia. She scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds but also contributed 11 turnovers to the poorly played game.
Turkey’s 6’2 center, Hulya Coklar had her second 20-point effort in Turkey’s loss today to Japan. She hit 10-of-17 shots, grabbed 13 rebounds and even had five assists in the close loss. The Fenerbahce center is tied as the leading rebounder at the event.
5’8 point guard Laura Cornelius dominated the action for the Netherlands in their victory over a tough Australian team. Cornelius scored 28 points, with eight rebounds and five assists. She hit 7-for-9 from the field including 3-of-4 three-pointers.
Group A: USA (3-0), Belgium (2-1), Italy (2-1), South Korea (1-2), Canada (1-2), Mali (0-3)
Group B: Spain and Japan (3-0), Netherlands (2-1), Australia (1-2), Turkey and Brazil (0-3)
Thanks to FIBA for the photos.