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Final Standings
 1. Brazil
 2. Argentina
 3. Canada
 4. Cuba
 5. Puerto Rico
 5. Mexico
 7. Colombia
 7. Jamaica
 9. Chile
 9. Paraguay
FIBA Americas 1st Stage Standings
Group A
1. Argentina 4-0
2. Cuba 3-1
3. Puerto Rico 2-2
4. Colombia 1-3
5. Chile 0-4
Group B
1. Brazil 4-0
2. Canada 3-1
3. Mexico 1-3
4. Jamaica 1-3
5. Paraguay 1-3
 

Brazil celebrate title in Neiva Huila (Photo: FIBA Americas)
 
Points Per Game
 Nicole LOUDEN
  USA
  (172-G-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Louden, JAM18.8 
 2. Novion, CHI18.8 
 3. Gomez, MEX18.5 
 4. Gidden, JAM18.3 
 5. De Souza, BRA16.2 
 6. Valentin, PUR14.8 
 7. Valek, COL14.5 
 8. Sanchez, ARG14.3 
 9. Gelis, CUB12.0 
 10. Silva, MEX12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vanessa GIDDEN
  JAM
  (193-C/F-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Gidden, JAM8.3 
 2. Gomez, MEX8.3 
 3. Castro, MEX8.0 
 4. De Souza, BRA8.0 
 5. Cepeda, CUB7.8 
 6. Edwards, JAM6.8 
 7. Noblet, CUB6.5 
 8. Novion, CHI6.3 
 9. Sanchez, ARG6.2 
 10. Sepulveda, PUR6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erika VALEK
  COL
  (168-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Valek, COL5.8 
 2. Moises Pinto, BRA5.2 
 3. Thorburn, CAN3.3 
 4. Gelis, CUB3.0 
 5. Cortijo, PUR3.0 
 6. Novion, CHI2.8 
 7. Ramirez, MEX2.8 
 8. Gabriele, CAN2.7 
 9. Silva, MEX2.3 
 10. Ghiringhelli, PAR2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Erika VALEK
  COL
  (168-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Valek, COL2.3 
 2. De Oliveira, BRA2.0 
 3. Caraves, PAR2.0 
 4. Cortijo, PUR1.8 
 5. Pilypaitis, CAN1.8 
 6. Diaz, COL1.8 
 7. Silva, MEX1.8 
 8. Casanova, CUB1.7 
 9. Pavon, ARG1.7 
 10. Moises Pinto, BRA1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Miranda AYIM
  CAN
  (191-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ayim, CAN1.2 
 2. Vargas-S., PUR1.0 
 3. Mosquera, COL1.0 
 4. Placido, PUR0.8 
 5. De Souza, BRA0.8 
 6. Torres, COL0.8 
 7. Dantas, BRA0.7 
 8. Garcia, PUR0.7 
 9. Burani, ARG0.7 
 10. Fernandez, PAR0.7 
2011 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
#s#
Adriana Moises Pinto
Moises Pinto
Palmira Marcal
Marcal
Patricia De Oliveira
De Oliveira
Damiris Dantas
Dantas
Erika De Souza
De Souza
#e#5
4 Adriana Moises Pinto 169-G-78 Basket Parma Italy
5 Palmira Marcal 177-G-84 Acucar Brazil
6 Patricia De Oliveira 180-F/G-79 Ourinhos Brazil
7 Micaela Martins 180-F-79 Santo Andre Brazil
8 Barbara Generoso 181-G-85 Americana Brazil
9 Franciele Nascimento 191-C-87 Cadi la Seu Spain
10 Silvia Gustavo 186-F-82 Acucar Brazil
11 Clarissa Dos Santos 186-C-88 Acucar Brazil
12 Damiris Dantas 192-C-92 Real C.Vigo Spain
13 Nadia Gomes 196-C-89 Sao Caetano Brazil
14 Erika De Souza 197-C-82 Atlanta D. USA
15 Gilmara Justino 185-C-81 Sao Caetano Brazil

Enio Vecchi Head Coach Vitoria Brazil
Urubatan Paccini Assistant Ourinhos Brazil


Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Awards 2011 - Oct 3, 2011

Latinbasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team 2011
#s#
Erika De Souza
De Souza
Oyanaisy Gelis
Gelis
Adriana Moises Pinto
Moises Pinto
Kimberley Smith
Smith
Erica Sanchez
Sanchez
#e#5

Best Player: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Brazil
Best Guard: Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) of Brazil
Best Forward: Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76) of Argentina
Best Center: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Brazil
Best Coach: Enio Vecchi of Brazil

1st Team
G: Oyanaisy Gelis (172-83) of Cuba
G: Adriana Moises Pinto (169-78) of Brazil
F: Kimberley Smith (187-84) of Canada
F/C: Erica Sanchez (184-76) of Argentina
C: Erika De Souza (197-82) of Brazil

2nd Team
G: Carla Cortijo (170-87) of Puerto Rico
G: Erika Valek (168-82) of Colombia
G: Nicole Louden (172-83) of Jamaica
F/C: Erika Gomez (187-76) of Mexico
C: Clenia Noblet (191-87) of Cuba

3rd Team
G: Javiera Novion (168-87) of Chile
F/G: Patricia De Oliveira (180-79) of Brazil
G: Cynthia Valentin (173-84) of Puerto Rico
C/F: Vanessa Gidden (193-85) of Jamaica
C: Damiris Dantas (192-92) of Brazil

Honorable Mention
Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) of Canada
Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84) of Canada
Maria Caraves (170-F-92) of Paraguay
Brisa Silva (168-G-84) of Mexico



Brazil blasts Argentina in the Finals, wins Gold in Neiva - Oct 2, 2011
FINAL
Argentina - Brazil 33-74
Brazil demonstrated wonderful performance in the FIBA Americas Finals. They destroyed Argentina 74-33 to win the Gold and at the same time Brazil booked a ticked for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Silver belongs to Argentina and they will play in Additional Qualifying Tournament for the London Olympics next year. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined with double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds for Brazil. She reached valuation 27. Patricia De Oliveira (180-F/G-79) scored 12 points and Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) added two less. In the loosing squad, Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Their second scorer was Sandra Pavon (175-F-85) with just 5 points (5 rebs). Brazil took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 4-16, 7-17, 8-26, 14-15.
Third place
Canada - Cuba 59-46
Canada won the Bronze at the FIBA Americas Championship in Neiva. They handed 59-46 loss to Cuba in the game for third place. Cuba stays without the medal. Both teams will play in the Additional Qualifying Tournament for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) (6 rebs) and Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) netted 13 points each for the winners. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) was their third scorer with 8 points. On the other side, Cuba got 12 points and 5 rebs from Clenia Noblet (191-C-87). Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) stopped to 7 pts. Quarters: 13-8, 11-11, 19-11, 16-16. Brazil won the Gold in Neiva.


Argentina and Brazil to fight for the Gold - Oct 1, 2011

SEMIFINALS

Argentina - Canada
61-59
Argentina advanced to Finals of the FIBA American Championship 2011. They grabbed 61-59 thriller win against Canada and will fight for the Gold against Brazil. Canada will meet Cuba for third place. Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) shined for Argentina last night with 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Chelsea Aubry (189-F/C-84, college: Nebraska) collected 14 points and 5 rebs. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had 11 points and 7 rebs, and Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 23-10, 13-18, 7-12, 18-19. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.

Brazil - Cuba 66-53
Brazil will have a chance to fight for the FIBA Americas Gold in Neiva. They eliminated Cuba in the Semifinals 66-53 and will meet Argentina tomorrow in battle for the title. Cuba will play against Canada for the Bronze. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for just 19 minutes on the court. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) helped her country almost with triple-double: 9 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. In Cuba, Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) delivered 16 points. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) had 9 points and 5 rebs, and Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 24-16, 14-10, 14-15, 14-12. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.


Semifinals are set in Neiva - Sep 29, 2011

GROUP A

COLOMBIA - ARGENTINA 45-66
Argentina finished Preliminary Round in Neiva with perfect 4-0 record. They won Group A and will meet Canada in the Semifinals. The host of FIBA Americas (Colombia) failed to reach the next stage. They ended as No.4 of this pool with 1-3 record. Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) shined in Argentina with 14 points. Stephany Thomas (175-G-89) and Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. In Colombia, Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) was the only one with double digits in scoring - 12 pts. Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) had 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Mabel Martinez (176-F-86) added 8 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 11-16, 11-16, 8-20, 15-14. Semifinals are scheduled for tomorrow. Pairs are Argentina - Canada and Brazil -Cuba.

Colombia: Erika Valek 12, Elena Diaz 9+9 boards, Mabel Martinez 8+6 boards
Argentina: Debora Gonzalez 14, Stephany Thomas 13, Erica Sanchez 10


CUBA - CHILE 62-42
Cuba made it in do-or-die game against Chile. They celebrated 62-42 victory in this meeting for 3-1 record in Group A. That was enough for the second place and Cuba will meet Brazil in the FIBA Americas Semifinals. On the other side, Chile finished with poor 0-4. Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) led Cuba in scoring with 13 points. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) had 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) added 10 points and 12 boards. In defeat, Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) collected 19 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. Their second scorers were Jenifer Fuentes (178-F-96) and Gamboa Marisol (178-F-86) with 6 pts each. Quarters: 19-6, 17-16, 15-7, 11-13. Semifinals are scheduled for tomorrow. As mentioned above, Cuba will play against Brazil, while Argentina will meet Canada.

Cuba: Taimy Fernandez 13, Clenia Noblet 11+5 boards, Marlen Cepeda 10+12 boards
Chile: Javiera Novion 19+5 boards+5 as, Jenifer Fuentes 6, Gamboa Marisol 6


GROUP B

CANADA - JAMAICA 66-49
Canada did a great job yesterday. They handed 66-49 loss to Jamaica jumping to 3-1 record in Group B, what is enough for the second place. Canada advanced to Semifinals, where they will meet undefeated Argentina. On the other side, Jamaica dropped to fourth place in this pool with 1-3 record. They said goodbye to Neiva. Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) led the winners with 13 points. Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) had 11 points and 6 rebounds, and Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) helped with 9 points, plus 5 boards. In Jamaica, Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) shined with 22 points. Their second scorer was Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) with 8 points. Quarters: 15-13, 18-12, 17-9, 16-15. Semifinals will start tomorrow. Pairs: Canada - Argentina and Cuba - Brazil.

Canada: Kimberley Smith 13, Miranda Ayim 11+6 boards, Kalisha Keane 9+5 boards
Jamaica: Nicole Louden 22, Simone Edwards 8


PARAGUAY - MEXICO 44-87
It was the last game of the Preliminary Round in Neiva and Mexico registered their first win. However, it came too late and Mexico failed to reach the next stage. Both teams finished with 1-3 record in Group B. There is a three-way tie where Mexico is No.3, Jamaica No.4 and Paraguay dropped to the last place in this pool. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) led Mexico in scoring with 21 points. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Abril Garcia (189-F/C-80, college: ORU) also had double-double: 14 pts and 11 rebs. In defeat, Tamara Insfran (175-G-89, college: Cumberland) collected 12 points and 8 rebounds. Johanna Ghiringhelli (168-G-86) stopped to 11 pts in this loss. Quarters: 4-16, 13-24, 16-28, 11-19). Competition is over for both teams.

Paraguay: Tamara Insfran 12+8 boards, Johanna Ghiringhelli 11
Mexico: Brisa Silva 21, Erika Gomez 19+12 boards, Abril Garcia 14+11 boards


Day Four in Neiva - Sep 28, 2011

GROUP A

Argentina - Cuba 65-59
Argentina secured first place in Group A and of course already booked a ticket for the Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 65-59 loss to Cuba yesterday jumping to 3-0. Cuba dropped to 2-1, but still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Chile today. Marina Cava (168-G-85) paced Argentina to victory scoring 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had 9 points and Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) added 8 points, plus 6 boards. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) and Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) netted 11 points in defeat. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 14-13, 15-17, 11-17, 25-12. Argentina will meet Colombia today. As mentioned above, Cuba will play against Chile in do-or-die game.

Argentina: Marina Cava 18, Erica Sanchez 9, Agostina Burani 8+6 boards
Cuba: Yamara Amargo 11, Oyanaisy Gelis 11, Clenia Noblet 10+9 boards


Chile - Puerto Rico 49-64
Puerto Rico handed 64-49 loss to Chile for 2-2 record in Preliminary Group A. Will it be enough for the Semifinals, Puerto Rico will find out today. Chile dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to reach the next stage. Marie Placido (181-F-87) led Puerto Rico in scoring with 13 points. Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) (7 rebs) and Angiely Morales (178-G-87) followed with 8 points each. In Chile, Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorers were Daniela Troncoso (175-F-87) and Dominique Del Canto (162-PG-87) with 7 pts. Quarters: 19-19, 5-12, 16-22, 9-11. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage so they wait now for other results. Chile will play against Cuba.

Chile: Javiera Novion 22+5 boards, Daniela Troncoso 7, Dominique Del Canto 7
Puerto Rico: Marie Placido 13, Yolanda Jones 8+7 boards, Angiely Morales 8


GROUP B

Jamaica - Paraguay 69-71
Paraguay won their first game in Neiva. They outplayed Jamaica 71-69 joining them with 1-2 record in Preliminary Group B. Maria Caraves (170-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 21 points. Tamara Insfran (175-G-89, college: Cumberland) had 15 and Johanna Ghiringhelli (168-G-86) helped with two points less. On the other side, Jamaica got 24 points and 6 rebounds from Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn). Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) had 17 pts and 9 boards, while Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) added 10 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 10-21, 20-15, 21-19, 18-16. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Neiva. Paraguay will meet Mexico. Jamaica will take on Canada and it will be the crucial game for both teams.

Jamaica: Nicole Louden 24+6 boards, Vanessa Gidden 17+9 boards, Simone Edwards 10+8 boards,
Paraguay: Maria Caraves 21, Tamara Insfran 15, Johanna Ghiringhelli 13


Mexico - Brazil 61-88
Brazil is the winner of Group B in Neiva with perfect 4-0 record. They handed 88-61 loss to Mexico yesterday to stay undefeated. Of course, Brazil booked a spot for the Semifinals, while Mexico dropped to 0-3 with no chance to advance. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined for Brazil with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) was their second scorer with 13 points, while Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points and 6 boards. In Mexico, Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) responded with 17 points and 8 rebs. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, and Abril Garcia (189-F/C-80, college: ORU) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 11-24, 13-21, 13-20, 24-23. Brazil will take two days off before the Semifinals. Mexico will play against Paraguay today.

Mexico: Alexis Castro 17+8 boards, Erika Gomez 16+6 boards, Abril Garcia 9
Brazil: Erika De Souza 22+6 boards, Adriana Moises Pinto 13, Franciele Nascimento 11+6 boards


Day Three in Neiva: Argentina, Cuba and Brazil stay perfect - Sep 27, 2011
Group A
Puerto Rico - Argentina 61-66
Argentina registered second straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship 2011 in Neiva. They outplayed Puerto Rico 66-61 for 2-0 record in Group A. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) was a key player in victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) followed with 11 points and 9 boards, while Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points in this game. On the other side, Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Carla Cortijo (170-G-87, college: Texas) and Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) netted 13 points each. Their Puerto Rico dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Quarters: 25-15, 10-14, 19-20, 7-17. In the next game, Argentina will meet Cuba. Puerto Rico will play against Chile.

Cuba - Colombia 75-65
Cuba made another step forward to Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 75-65 loss to the host of FIBA Americas Championship and jumped to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Colombia dropped to 1-2 and now shares third place with Puerto Rico. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) stepped up for Cuba with 22 points and 5 assists. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) had 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Ineidis Casanova (165-G-88) helped the winners with 14 points and 7 rebs. Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) responded with 22 points, 11 rebs and 6 assists in defeat. Their second scorer was Mabel Martinez (176-F-86) with 12 points and Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) added three less. Quarters: 15-15, 16-16, 22-19, 22-15. In Day Four, Cuba will meet Argentina. Colombia will take a rest.
Group B
Paraguay - Canada 26-77
Canada improved their record to 2-1 in Neiva, Group B. They blasted Paraguay yesterday 77-26 and stayed in the race for Semifinals. At the same time, Paraguay dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for Canadians with 15 points. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) was their second scorer with 11 points and Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) added one less. Paraguay did not have anyone with double-digits. Ilda Pena (180-C-84) had 7 points and Rocio Insfran (175-C-94) stopped to 5 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Quarters: 6-22, 11-20, 5-19, 4-16. Canada will have a day-off now. Paraguay will meet Jamaica.

Brazil - Jamaica 73-50
Brazil cruised past Jamaica 73-50 for 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Brazil already booked a ticket for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship 2011. Jamaica faced with the first loss so they have 1-1 record now. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Brazil to victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) added 11 pts. Jamaica got double-double from Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra): 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) and Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) (5 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 22-13, 16-12, 18-9, 17-16. Brazil will meet Mexico today. Jamaica will play against Paraguay.



Day Two in Neiva - Sep 26, 2011
Group A
Argentina - Chile 80-50
Argentina cruised past Chile in Neiva 80-50 for 1-0 record in Group A. It was a Day Two of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011, but Argentineans appeared for the first time. On the other side, Chile faced with the second straight loss and they have 0-2 now. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) led the winners with 15 points and Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) added on point less than her. Sandra Pavon (175-F-85) (7 rebs) and Stephany Thomas (175-G-89) helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) had 15 points and was the only one with double-digits. Daniela Troncoso (175-F-87) and Gamboa Marisol (178-F-86) had 8 points apiece. Quarters: 10-13, 25-8, 27-15, 18-14. Today, Argentina will play against Puerto Rico. Chile will have a day off, what should help them to analyze first two defeats and improve their game for rest of the championship.

Colombia - Puerto Rico 46-68
First victory for Puerto Rico in Neiva. They handed 46-68 loss to the hosts of FIBA Americas Championship 2011 - Colombia. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Preliminary Group A. Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) exploded in victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Marie Placido (181-F-87) and Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) added 11 and 10 points. They also had 9 and 7 rebounds respectively. On the other side, Colombia got 13 points and 8 assists from Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue). Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) delivered 10 points. Quarters: 4-20, 22-16, 11-17, 9-15. Puerto Rico will take on Argentina today. Colombia will play against Cuba.
Group B
Jamaica - Mexico 69-64
It was the first appearance for Jamaica in Neiva and they registered first win. Jamaica was better than Mexico 69-64 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Mexico dropped to 0-2 after this meeting. Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) was totally the best player in victory as she collected 28 points and 9 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) scored 19 points and Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) added 13 points, plus 12 boards. Mexico got the most from Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) - 21 points and 7 rebounds. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) delivered 16 points and was the last one with double-digits. Quarters: 20-9, 17-26, 18-18, 14-11. In Day Three, Jamaica will play against Brazil. Mexico will take a rest.

Canada - Brazil 39-56
Both teams celebrated in Day One of the FIBA Americas Championship in Neiva. Brazil cruised past Canada in Day Two 56-39 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Canada dropped to second place with 1-1 score. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) came up with double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds for Brazil. Their second scorers were Patricia De Oliveira (180-F/G-79) and Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) with 10 points each. On the other side, Canada got 10 points from Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine). Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) was the second scorer in loss with only 6 points. Quarters: 8-8, 12-15, 9-23, 10-10. Brazil will play against Jamaica today. Canada will meet Paraguay.



Day One in Neiva - Sep 25, 2011
Group A
Chile - Colombia 50-69
Colombia had a joyful Day One of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. The host of this event celebrated 50-69 win against Chile. Both teams are placed to Group A together with Cuba, Puerto Rico and Argentina. Tathiana Mosquera (195-C-89) was a key player in victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Mabel Martinez (176-F-86) had 13 points and 7 rebs, while Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) helped her team with 11 points and 6 assists. In Chile, Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) shined with 19 points and 10 rebs. Daniela Troncoso (175-F-87) and Jenifer Fuentes (178-F-96) had 9 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 15-13, 9-19, 11-20, 15-17. In Day Two, Colombia will meet Puerto Rico. Chile will take on Argentina.

Puerto Rico - Cuba 50-67
Cuba demonstrated great performance in Day One of the FIBA Americas Championship in Colombia. They cruised past Puerto Rico 50-67 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Chile, Argentina and host Colombia. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) and Taimy Fernandez (183-F-82) stepped up for the winners with 14 points each. Gelis also handed out 6 assists, while Fernandez grabbed 5 rebounds in this meeting. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) helped with 12 points and 9 boards. In the loosing squad, Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) top-scored with 15 points. Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) and Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (193-C-81, college: Emporia St.) stopped to 9 points each. Quarters: 15-19, 12-7, 14-23, 9-18. Cuba will take a rest today. Puerto Rico will meet Colombia.
Group B
Brazil - Paraguay 117-34
Brazil smashed Paraguay 117-34 in the opening day of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. Brazil was simply too much for their rival and dominated during the entire game. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B together with Canada, Mexico and Jamaica. Brazil had six players with double-digits in scoring in this game. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was the leading one with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) had 15 points, while Palmira Marcal (177-G-84), Micaela Martins (180-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Patricia De Oliveira (180-F/G-79) netted 13 pts each. In Paraguay, Tamara Insfran (175-G-89, college: Cumberland) was better than the others with 12 points. Astrid Huttemann (178-F/C-92) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 28-5, 27-9, 35-7, 27-13. In Day Two, Brazil will meet Canada. Paraguay will have a day off.

Mexico - Canada 45-72
Canada exploded in Day One of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. They blasted Mexico 72-45 for 1-0 record in Group B. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) stepped up for Canada with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Krista Phillips (198-C-88, college: Michigan) and Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) (5 rebs) helped with 11 and 10 points respectively. In Mexico, Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) was their second scorer with 11 points and she pulled down 8 rebs. Quarters: 4-19, 5-16, 16-12, 20-25. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B together with Brazil, Paraguay and Jamaica. Canada will play against Brazil today. Mexico will meet Jamaica.

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