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FIBA Americas U18 2010 - Women Basketball


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FIBA Americas U18 Standings
Group A
 1. Canada 3-0 
 2. Chile 2-1 
 3. Mexico 1-2 
 4. Costa Rica. 0-3 
Group B
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. Brazil 2-1 
 3. Argentina 1-2 
 4. P.Rico 0-3
Points Per Game
 Michelle PLOUFFE
  (191-F-92)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Plouffe, CAN14.4 
 2. Mayorga, CRC14.2 
 3. Noriega, MEX14.0 
 4. Nunez, MEX13.4 
 5. Medina, MEX12.8 
 6. Diaz, ARG12.0 
 7. Ogwumike, USA12.0 
 8. Pereira, BRA11.0 
 9. Deshields, USA10.7 
 10. Dally, CAN10.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laura NUNEZ
  (--93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Nunez, MEX11.8 
 2. Dantas do Am., BRA10.6 
 3. Plouffe, CAN9.4 
 4. Jones, USA8.0 
 5. Cabrera, ARG8.0 
 6. Matamoros, CRC7.7 
 7. Noriega, MEX7.6 
 8. Navarro, MEX7.4 
 9. Mayorga, CRC7.4 
 10. Morales, CHI7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana NAVARRO
  (--93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Navarro, MEX6.0 
 2. Gretter, ARG6.0 
 3. Pereira, BRA4.0 
 4. Hartley, USA4.0 
 5. Jones, USA3.3 
 6. Mansilla, CHI2.8 
 7. Quinones-Noa, PUR2.4 
 8. Plouffe, CAN2.2 
 9. Lukan, CAN2.2 
 10. Nunez, MEX2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Adriana NAVARRO
  (--93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Navarro, MEX4.0 
 2. Gretter, ARG3.4 
 3. Jones, USA3.3 
 4. Hartley, USA3.0 
 5. Acevedo, PUR3.0 
 6. Nunez, MEX2.8 
 7. Mayorga, CRC2.8 
 8. Cabrera, ARG2.6 
 9. Dos Santos, BRA2.2 
 10. Plouffe, CAN2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Laura NUNEZ
  (--93)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Nunez, MEX5.2 
 2. Dantas do Am., BRA2.2 
 3. Plaisance, USA2.0 
 4. Matamoros, CRC2.0 
 5. Rivera, PUR1.4 
 6. Plouffe, CAN1.4 
 7. Delgado, MEX1.4 
 8. Dolson, USA1.3 
 9. Melendez, PUR1.2 
 10. Sirtoli, BRA1.2 

USA Women's U18 National Team Wins Gold With Triumph Over Brazil In 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship (Photo: usabasketball.com)


2010 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD lettersont>
 
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Alexis Jones
Jones
Bria Hartley
Hartley
Kayla McBride
McBride
Allyson Malott
Malott
Cassandra Harberts
Harberts
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4 Cassie Peoples 5'6''-G-92
5 Alexis Jones 5'9''-G-94
6 Bria Hartley 5'10''-G-93
7 Diamond Deshields 6'1''-G/F-95
8 Kayla McBride 5'11''-G-92
9 Allyson Malott 6'3''-F-92
10 Chinenye Ogwumike 6'3''-F-92
11 Cassandra Harberts 6'2''-F-92
12 Rashanda Gray 6'3''-F-93
13 Malina Howard 6'4''-F/C-93
14 Theresa Plaisance 6'5''-C-92
15 Stefanie Dolson 6'5''-C-92

Jennifer Rizzotti Head Coach Hartford USA
Sue Semrau Assistant Florida St. USA
Joi Williams Assistant Cent.Florida USA

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas U18 Championships Awards 2010  - Jun. 28, 2010 

All-Tournament 1st Team 2010
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Allyson Malott
Malott
Laura Anne Dally
Dally
Michelle Plouffe
Plouffe
Stefanie Dolson
Dolson
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Player of the Year: Allyson Malott (191-F-92) of USA USA
Guard of the Year: Aruzha Lima (165-G-92) of Brazil Brazil
Forward of the Year: Allyson Malott (191-F-92) of USA USA
Center of the Year: Stefanie Dolson (196-C-92) of USA USA

1st Team
G: Laura Anne Dally (180-92) of Canada
G: Aruzha Lima (165-92) of Brazil
F: Allyson Malott (191-92) of USA
F: Michelle Plouffe (191-92) of Canada
C: Stefanie Dolson (196-92) of USA

2nd Team
G: Alexis Jones (175-94) of USA
F/G: Mariana Lambert (171-92) of Brazil
F: Rashanda Gray (191-93) of USA
Brenda Schmidt (93) of Argentina
C: Daniela Alcaino (92) of Chile

Honorable Mention
Cassandra Brown (188-F-92) of Canada
Damiris Amaral (192-C-92) of Brazil
Malina Howard (193-F/C-93) of USA
Katherine Plouffe (191-F-93) of Canada
Francisca Salvatierra (G-94) of Chile
Ana Noriega (93) of Mexico
Sabrina Scevola (94) of Argentina
Florencia Llorente (94) of Argentina
Wendy Jimenez (94) of Costa Rica
Lirielys Ramos (94) of Puerto Rico



USA defends the title
 - Jun. 28, 2010 
FINAL GAME
Brazil - USA 38-81
USA is the winner of 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. The strong USA team defended the title from 2008. Malina ann Howard (94) was the leading player in this victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Theresa Plaisance (92) scored 11 points and grabbed 5 boards, while Bria Hartley (93) also had 11 pts in this Final. Diamond Deshields (95) helped with 10 points and 7 boards. In Brazil, Damiris Dantas do Amaral (92) shined with 9 points and 13 rebounds. Tassia Pereira (93) also scored 9 pts in this game. As a reminder, both teams qualified for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. USA took control on their rival from the very beginning. Malina ann Howard and her teammates created 7-22 lead in the first period sending a clear signal that Brazil won't have a chance. USA had another great quarter jumping to comfortable 16-43 at the half time. They didn't stop, despite question about the winner was already resolved. USA intensified defense even more, limiting Brazil to just six points in Q3. They drained 22 on the other side and the last ten minutes were just the formality (16-16). USA finished the championship in Colorado Springs with perfect 5-0 record.

Places 3-4
Canada - Chile 81-42
Canada grabbed the Bronze in Colorado Springs. Canada showed their power against Chile 81-42 ending the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship as No.3. Both teams will participate at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Laura Anne Dally (180-G-92) shined for Canada in this game with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Katherine Plouffe (191-F-93) (6 rebs) and Melissa Mullins (183-F-92) (5 rebs) helped with 12 points each. Michelle Plouffe (191-F-92) had double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. In Chile, Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) and Rocio Dieguez (92) delivered 10 points apiece. Both teams started the game nervously missing some wide open shots and making mistakes in offense. Canada still was slightly better as they made 11-8 lead in the first ten minutes. After that, Laura Anne Dally and her teammates totally took control on Chile. They created 25-13 in the second period for 36-21 lead at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather, as Canada finished third period with 24-10. The game winner was already known at that time. Despite that fact, Canada played another strong quarter for the final 81-42 victory. Canada registered 4-1 record in this championship.

Places 5-6
Mexico - Argentina 51-64
Argentina made it against Mexico finishing the FIBA Americas U18 Championship as No.5. This game was very important for both teams as the winner will participate at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Argentina grabbed 51-64 victory and till travel to Chile next year. Rocio Evangelina Diaz (93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Diana Cabrera (92) secured a nice help with double-double of 10 points and 10 boards. Melisa Gretter (92) collected 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. In Mexico, who ended as No.6, Laura Nunez (93) shined with 15 points and 18 boards. Ana Noriega (93) had 14 pts and 4 rebs. Argentina did a good job in the first 20 minutes of the game. Rocio Evangelina Diaz and her teammates made 10-14 in the opening period and after that finished Q2 with 9-14. That was enough for decent 9-point lead at the half time. Mexico slightly improved after the breather sending a signal that they will fight until the end. Still, their willingness was not enough and Argentina finished Q3 with 14-15. Argentina had no troubles to keep its advance in the last period and to celebrate crucial 51-64 victory.

Places 7-8
Puerto Rico - Costa Rica 71-41
Puerto Rico outplayed Costa Rica and avoided the last place in Colorado Springs. Both teams were winless before this meeting. Kiara Quinones-Noa (93) stepped up for Puerto Rico with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 24. Mercedes Colon (94) helped her country with 12 points. Ashley Santos (93) added 9 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Michelle Mayorga (93) shined with 22 points and 9 rebounds. She was the only player with double-digits in scoring in Costa Rica. Second quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that Puerto Rico made 16-12 lead in Q1. In the second period Puerto Rico intensified defense forcing Costa Rica to many mistakes and tough shots. Costa Rica looked bad on the court and scored just one point for the entire quarter. On the other side, Puerto Rico drained 22 pts for nice 38-13 lead at the half time. Costa Rica recovered from Q2 shock, but still rest of the game belonged to Kiara Quinones-Noa and her teammates. They finished third period 17-13 and the last one 16 -15 for the final 71-41 victory. As a reminder, both teams failed to reach the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile.


USA and Brazil to meet in the Finals  - Jun. 27, 2010 

Semifinals

USA - Chile 98-28

USA had an easy job in the Semifinals. The powerful USA team destroyed Chile 98-28 advancing to Championship Finals, where they will meet Brazil. Chinenye Ogwumike (92) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 7 rebounds for just 14 minutes on the court. Theresa Plaisance (92) secured a nice help adding 11 points and 6 rebs. Kayla McBride (93) was another player with double-digits in scoring for the USA - 10 pts (5 rebs). On the other side, Chile did not have anyone with more than ten. Their best player was Paula Carrasco (94) with just 6 points. USA was a way better team and they dominated in all basketball elements. Chile was not able to score more than 9 points in any of four periods. USA made 26-7 lead in the opening ten minutes and until the half time jumped to impressive 46-10. For the second half Chinenye Ogwumike and her teammates drained 54 points, missing two more to reach 100 in this meeting. Chile had only 18 pts for 20 minutes and faced with huge 98-28 loss. They will not meet Canada in the battle for third place. The Big Final will also be played today (Sunday).

Canada - Brazil 49-50
Brazil grabbed 49-50 thriller win against Canada advancing to Championship Finals. It was a very exciting game and Brazil made it in the finish. It means that Brazil will take on powerful USA in the battle for Gold. On the other side, Canada will meet Chile in the game for third place. Carina Dos Santos (174-G/F-92) and Aruzha Lima (165-G-92) were the leading players in victory with 15 points each. Brazil did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. In Canada, Michelle Plouffe (191-F-92) and Katherine Plouffe (191-F-93) replied with 12 points apiece. They grabbed 8 and 7 rebounds respectively. Everything started great for Canada, who created 13-8 lead in the first ten minutes. Brazil struggled at both sides of the court and faced with another bad period (13-8). That resulted with 28-19 HT lead for Canada, who looked comfortable and in control. Michelle Plouffe and her teammates continued in the same rhythm extending the lead to 12 points before the last period. When it seemed that the game is already over, Brazilians finally started to play. Carina Dos Santos and Aruzha Lima were unstoppable offensively pacing their team to magnificent 9-22 in Q4, what was enough for 49-50 thriller win and a spot in the Finals.

Places 5-8
Mexico - Puerto Rico 73-55
Mexico was too strong for Puerto Rico 73-55 in Day Four of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. It means that Mexico will meet Argentina in the game for fifth place on this event. On the other side, Puerto Rico stays winless and will take on Costa Rica to avoid the last place in Colorado Springs. Ana Noriega (93) shined for the Mexicans with double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. She was not the MVP of this game as that title belongs to Adriana Navarro (93), who reached valuation 24. Navarro had 12 points and 13 boards with pretty good shot percentage. Andrea Medina (93) helped her country with 18 points and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Mercedes Colon (94) delivered 12 points. Sidney Santos (95) collected 10 pts and 5 boards. After the first half it was already clear that Mexico will take this one. Ana Noriega and her teammates created 20-7 lead in the first quarter and later jumped to 35-17 (HT). Puerto Rico slightly improved offensively after the breather, but Mexico did the same on the other side and increased its lead even more. Puerto Rico faced with 30 points deficit and the game was already over for them. Last ten minutes were just the formality. Both, Mexico - Argentina and Puerto Rico - Costa Rica games will be played today (Sunday).

Argentina - Costa Rica 86-34
Argentina failed to reach the Semifinals, but they quickly managed to recover from this elimination. Argentina outplayed Costa Rica 86-34 and will meet Mexico in the battle for fifth place in Colorado Springs. On the other side, Costa Rica will play against Puerto Rico in the game for seventh place. Natasha Spiatta (92) was the leading scorer in this victory with 17 points (5 rebs). Celia Fiorotto (92) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. She spent 21 points on the floor collecting 14 points and 9 rebounds. Diana Cabrera (92) also helped the winners with 14 pts and 9 boards. Costa Rica had Michelle Mayorga (93) with 7 pts and 6 rebounds. Sofia Jimenez (93) also scored 7. Argentina won all four quarters in this game. Natasha Spiatta and her teammates made huge 26-6 in the first ten minutes and later ended Q2 with 19-8. At that time it was already clear who the winner of this game will be. Argentina made 41-20 in the second half for the final 86-34 victory. Game for fifth, as well as the game for seventh place, will be played today (Sunday).


Day 3: Preliminary Round is over in Colorado Springs  - Jun. 26, 2010 
Group A
Canada - Costa Rica 74-18
Canada finished Preliminary Round in Colorado Springs with perfect 3-0. In Day Three of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Canada destroyed Costa Rica 74-18 advancing to Semifinals as No.1 of Group A. At the same time, Canada also booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Michelle Plouffe (191-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 13 points and 9 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 20. Laura Anne Dally (180-G-92) and Cassandra Brown (188-F-92) helped with 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Michelle Mayorga (93) was the leading scorer with 7 points. Her Costa Rica ended this stage winless (0-3) and will continue in classification round. Canada was way better team in this game. Michelle Plouffe and her teammates limited Costa Rica to just 12 points in the first half, while they drained 39 on the other side. In Q3, Canada let Costa Rica to score just one single point and in the last ten minutes they were stopped on 5. Canada netted 35 points for the second half registering huge 74-18 victory. Canada will meet Brazil in the Semifinals. Costa Rica will take on Argentina in Classification Games for 5-8 places.

Chile - Mexico 65-63
Chile grabbed thriller win against Mexico in Day Three of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. It was the crucial game for both teams as they had 1-1 score in Group A before this meeting. Thanks to this victory, Chileans are No.2 is this pool now and they advanced to Semifinals. At the same time, Chile booked a regular ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. They would participate at this event anyway as they will be the hosts. Fernanda Serrano (173-G-92) and Cynthia Bascunan (93) stepped up for the winners with 17 points each. They had 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. Javiera Morales (176-F-92) also was great last night as she added 16 points and 12 boards. In Mexico, Ana Noriega (93) shined with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Laura Nunez (93) also had double-double in this game: 16 points and 15 boards. Everything started good for Mexico, who made 11-13 lead after ten minutes of play. Until the half time, Ana Noriega and her teammates jumped to decent 23-27. Picture on the court change after the breather as it was Chile who dominated at that time. Chile finished Q3 with 23-18 for 46-45 turn. In thriller finish they were more focused, having a more sports luck as well, to celebrate 65-63 victory. In the Semifinals, Chile will meet powerful USA. Mexico will play against Puerto Rico in classification games for 5-8 places.

Group B
Brazil - Argentina 64-61
Brazil outsmarted Argentina 64-61 in the last game of the Preliminary Round in Colorado Springs. Both teams had 1-1 score in Group B before this meeting, but thanks to this victory Brazil is the second ranked team. It means that Brazil advanced to Semifinals on this event and also booked a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Argentina will continue in classification games. Tassia Pereira (93) was a key player for Brazil as she scored 18 points. Damiris Dantas do Amaral (92) added 13 points and 6 boards, while Mariana Lambert (171-F/G-92) helped the winners with 12 pts. In Argentina, Melisa Gretter (92) registered double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rocio Evangelina Diaz had 15 pts. Argentina had a great start as they created excellent 6-16 lead in the first quarter. However, Tassia Pereira and her teammates immediately woke up and responded with 23-12 in the second period. Argentina slightly improved after the breather, but it was not enough. Brazil had couple of players in a game mood and they made 4-point lead before the last quarter. Argentina finished last ten minutes with 16-17, but thay needed more for a turn. In the Semifinals, Brazil will meet Canada. Argentina will play against Costa Rica in classification games for 5-8 places.

USA - Puerto Rico 108-44
USA registered another easy win in Colorado Springs. This time, the powerful USA team blasted Puerto Rico to finish Preliminary Round as No.1 in Group B (3-0 record). USA already booked a spot for the Semifinals on Thursday and they also secured participation for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. The winning squad had eight players with double-digits in scoring against Puerto Rico. Diamond Deshields (95) was the leading one with 14 points. Rashanda Gray (93) had 12 pts and 8 rebounds, while Allyson Malott (93) added 11 pts. On the other side, Ashley Santos (93) delivered 11 points. Kiara Quinones-Noa (93) had 10 pts and her team will continue in classification games. USA dominated in all basketball elements against Puerto Rico. They finished Q1 with amazing 32-5 and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Diamond Deshields and her teammates ended second quarter with 27-10 and third 21-17. In the last ten minutes the USA team increased their lead for 16 more points until the final 108-44 victory. In the Semifinals, USA will meet Chile. Puerto Rico will take on Mexico in classification games for 5-8 places.


Day Two in Colorado Springs  - Jun. 25, 2010 
Group A
Chile - Canada 33-66
Canada blasted Chile in Day Two of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship securing the first place in Group A. Despite there is one more round to go in Preliminary Stage, it is already clear that Canada will advance to Semifinals as No.1. Also, the Canadian NT already booked a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Michelle Plouffe (191-F-92) was the leading player in this victory. She spent 28 minutes on the court collecting 27 points and 11 rebounds. Plouffe was the MVP with valuation 29. Cassandra Brown (188-F-92) helped the Canadians with 14 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Cynthia Bascunan (93) delivered 9 points. Her Chile dropped to 1-1, but still has a chance to reach the Semis. They will have to beat Mexico, who also has 1-1 now. Canada opened the game with 6-16 in the first quarter and until the half time jumped to 17-36. Than after the breather something extraordinary happened, Chile was scoreless for the entire Q3. Canada, on the other side, drained 21 points and than slowed down. Last quarter belonged to Chile 16-9, but of course it was Canada who celebrated huge 33-66 victory. In Day Three, Canada will meet Costa Rica, while Chile will take on Mexico in crucial game.

Mexico - Costa Rica 78-40
First win for Mexico at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. After this victory Mexico joined Chile with 1-1 record in Group A. Their game in Day Three will decide which of these two teams will advance to Semifinals. And not only that, as the semifinalists will automatically book a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Laura Nunez (93) paced the Mexicans to win with double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. She reached an amazing valuation 40 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Ana Noriega (93) (5 rebs) and Andrea Medina (93) helped with 15 and 13 points respectively. In Costa Rica, Michelle Mayorga (93) collected 12 points and 5 boards. They dropped to 0-2 with no chance to reach the next stage. After the first quarter it was already clear that Mexicans will take this one. They made 21-9 in the opening period and for rest of the time in the first half reached comfortable 43-19 lead. In Q3, Mexico totally destroyed Costa Rica with huge 25-5. Mexico had victory in their pocket and slowed down for rest of the game. As mentioned above, Mexico will meet Chile in Day Three and it will be a crucial game for both teams. Costa Rica will meet strong Canada with no chance for victory.

Group B
Argentina - Puerto Rico 68-60
Argentina grabbed valuable 68-60 victory against Puerto Rico in Day Two of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. This is the first win for Argentina at this event and they will have to beat Brazil in order to reach the Semifinals. As a reminder, all the semifinalists will automatically book a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Rocio Evangelina Diaz (93) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and she had 6 rebounds beside that. However, the best player of Team Argentina was Melisa Gretter (92) with valuation 25. She played almost the entire game collecting 13 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. Daiana Acosta (92) helped with 10 pts. Puerto Rico faced with the second straight loss and it is already clear they will not make it to the Semis. Rita Acevedo (168-G-92) had 20 points and 7 rebounds in this defeat. Ashley Santos (93) netted 15 pts. First quarter was pretty leveled (15-16 for PUR), while the second one belonged to Argentina 17-12. Puerto Rico players shined after the breather and they made 46-47 turn before the last ten minutes. The game was open at that time, but then Rocio Evangelina Diaz and her teammates exploded giving their best when it was the most important. Argentina finished Q4 with nice 22-13 for the final 68-60 victory. In Day Three, Argentina will meet Brazil and it will be the crucial game for both teams. Puerto Rico will meet powerful USA team.

Brazil - USA 46-89
The USA team demonstrated its power once again. After huge win against Argentina, USA blasted Brazil in Day Two of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. With this victory, USA secured the Semifinals as No.1 of Group B. This is not the only important thing. Another one is that USA already booked a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Chile. Chinenye Ogwumike (92) stepped up for the winners once again collecting 15 points and 7 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 25. Bria Hartley (93) scored 14, Alexis Jones (94) had 12, while Kayla McBride (93) helped with 10 points and 6 rebs. In Brazil, Joice Dos Santos (175-F-93) was the only player with double-digits in scoring - 10 points. Brazil has 1-1 record and will meet Argentina in crucial game for the Semifinals. As it was in Day One against Argentina, the USA team resolved question about the winner already at the half time. They finished Q1 with huge 11-29 and Q2 with 11-19 for 22-48 lead after 20 minutes. All after that was just the formality, but USA didn't slow down won the next two periods as well (13-21, 11-20). In Day Three, USA will meet winless Puerto Rico. Brazil will meet Argentina and the winner of that game will advance to Semifinals.


Day One in Colorado Springs  - Jun. 24, 2010 
Group A
Canada - Mexico 77-31
Canada blasted Mexico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. It means that Canada jumped to 1-0 in Group A having the same score as Chile, who outplayed Costa Rica. Each of Canada's players managed to score in this game. Laura Anne Dally (180-G-92) was the leading one with 15 points. Michele Plouffe (191-F-92) and Megan Lukan (170-G) helped the Canadian squad with 10 points apiece. On the other side, Mexico had just one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Andrea Medina (93) - 13 pts. Canada was better team from the start. After ten minutes of play Laura Anne Dally and her teammates already were 24-11 up. Nothing has changed for rest of the first half, when Canada jumped to impressive 43-19. Question about the winner was already decided, despite there was 20 minutes left in the game. Canada was better 17-5 in Q3 and 17-7 in the last period for the final 77-31 victory. Beside the points, it is important to mention that Canada totally outjumped their rivals ending the game with 25 rebounds more (Canada 52 rebs, Mexico 27). On Day Two, Canada will meet Chile. At the same day Mexico will take on Costa Rica.

Costa Rica - Chile 53-75
Chile had a joyful Day One in Colorado Springs. The Chilean U18 squad met U18 Costa Rica celebrating valuable 53-75 victory. At this moment, Chile shares the first place in Group A with Canada. Francisca Rojas stepped up for the winners with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Javiera Morales (176-F-92) also was great adding 12 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Fernanda Tapia is another player with 12 pts in victory. In Costa Rica, Michelle Mayorga Hidalgo shined with 23 points and 13 boards. Ana Mariela Matamoros Solis had 14 pts and 9 rebs. Chile opened the game strong, especially in defense. Francisca Rojas and her teammates limited Costa Rica players to just 9 points in the first quarter, taking 7-point lead at the end of it. Costa Rica was not able to resists in the next period as well and Chile was 20-37 up at the half time. Costa Rica improved offensively after the breather, but still that was not enough against strong Chileans, who ended Q3 with 14-18 and Q4 with 19-20 for the final 53-75 victory. In Day Two, Chile will meet Canada, while Costa Rica will play against Mexico.

Group B
USA - Argentina 91-32
The 2008 Finalists met each other in Day One of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. As it was two years ago, the USA team once again blasted their rival. In 2008 it was 81-37 and now the USA celebrated 91-32 victory. Both teams are together with Puerto Rico and Brazil placed to Group B. Chiney Ogwumike was the leading player in USA with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Stefanie Dolson scored 12, while Kayla McBride and Bria Hartley netted 10 points each. In Argentina, the best scorers were Florencia Llorente and Daiana Acosta (92) with only 5 points (each). The USA Team dominated from the start and Argentina was not able to resist. USA defense was so strong that Argentina scored just five points in the first period, while on the other side Chiney Ogwumike and her teammates drained 22. Second quarter ended 27-9 and USA already had huge 49-14 lead (HT). Nothing has changed for rest of the way as USA team ended third period with 24-6 and the last one with 18-12 for the final 91-32 blowout. In Day Two, USA will meet Brazil. Argentina will play against Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico - Brazil 35-81
Brazil had an easy job against Puerto Rico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. Both teams are placed to Group B together with USA and Argentina. Brazil and USA currently has 1-0 record in this pool. Jennifer Sirtoli (182-F-93) top-scored for the winners in this game with 15 points. Damiris Amaral (192-C-92) registered double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 21. Joice Coelho (175-F-93) helped with 11 points. Puerto Rico did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Mercedes Colon was slightly better than the others with 8 pts. First quarter sent a clear signal what to expect from this game. Brazilians had an impressive start, especially in defense, as they let Puerto Rico score just two points for the opening ten minutes. On the other side, they drained 17 and for rest of the first half jumped to 13-42. The game was already over for Puerto Rico and second half was just the formality. Brazil finished Q3 with 14-26 and the last one with 8-13 for the final 35-81 victory. Brazil was way better than Puerto Rico in all basketball elements. In Day Two, Brazil will play against USA and mostly probably the winner of this game will finish as No.1 of Group B. At the same day, Puerto Rico will meet Argentina.





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