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South American Championships Standings
 1. Brazil 5 - 0 
 2. Argentina 4 - 1 
 3. Venezuela 3 - 2 
 4. Chile 2 - 3 
 5. Colombia 1 - 4 
 6. Ecuador 0 - 5

Karla Martins leads Brazil in scoring at the South American Championship (Photo: CBB)
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4 Adriana Pinto (170 - G - 78) of Germano Zama Faenza (ITA)
5 Karla da Costa (173 - G - 78) of Acucar Cometa/Unimed/Catanduva
6 Karen Gustavo Rocha (177 - G - 84) of Colchões Castor/Fio/Unimed/Ourinhos
7 Micaela Jacintho (180 - F - 79) of TTT Riga (LAT)
8 Fernanda Beling (180 - F - 82) of AD Vagos (POR)
9 Claudia Das Neves (172 - G - 75) of Stade Clermontois Auvergne Basket 63 (FRA)
10 Jucimara Dantas (192 - C - 78) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (FRA)

11 Soeli Zakrzeski (187 - C/F - 77) of Mann Filter Zaragoza (ESP)
12 Patricia Ferreira (180 - F/G - 79) of Colchões Castor/Fio/Unimed/Ourinhos
13 Franciele Nacimiento (187 - F/C - 87) of Mann Filter Zaragoza (ESP)
14 Graziane Coelho (192 - C - 83) of MiZo Pecs 2010 (HUN)
15 Kelly Santos (192 - C - 79) of Seattle Storm (USA)
Head Coach: Paulo Campos
Coach Assistants: Joao Antonio Nunes , Cesar Guidetti

   South American Championship. Finals - May. 30, 2008
Championship game

Brazil - Argentina 84:67
Brazilian National team claimed the South American Championship title for the 22nd time. Yesterday they overcame Argentina in the Final in Loja, Ecuador to take the crown for the 12th straight time. Argentina grabbed silver medals for the 11th time in the history. Brazil already edged their Latin American archrivals in the preliminary round and looked forward to repeating the success. However Las Gigantes jumped to an early lead. They dominated in the first period and drove to a 19:16 lead after it. Brazil quickly adjusted their rhythm and outscored their opponents 27:7 in the second stanza to accumulate a 43:26 lead at halftime. Brazil kept Argentina at bay throughout the third term entering the final term with a 17 - point cushion. Argentina could not challenge the deficit in the final quarter. Brazil secured the distance and cruised to an overall win at the end. Karla da Costa (173 - G - 78) provided 20 points to lead Brazil. Chuca Ferreira (180 - F/G - 79) notched 17 points, while Claudia Das Neves (172 - G - 75) dropped 14 points and dished out 6 assists for the winners. Florencia Fernandez (190 - C - 86) knocked down 23 points to lead all scorers. Erica Sanchez (182 - F/C - 76) added 19 points in a losing effort. Both teams qualified for the FIBA Americas Championship 2009 in Brazil.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 20, Chuca Ferreira 17, Claudia Das Neves 14
Argentina: Florencia Fernandez 23, Erica Sanchez 19

Bronze medals game

Venezuela - Chile 72:91
Chile celebrated their third and most important win at the South American Championship. They defeated Venezuela in the Bronze medals game and clinched the third overall spot at the tournament. Chile thus advanced to the FIBA Americas championship to be held in Brazil in 2009. Chilean team repeated their success of 2001 and 2003 seasons when they also claimed the Bronze medals at the event. Venezuela grabbed the Bronze medals in 1999.

   South American Championship. Day 5 - May. 29, 2008
Brazil - Chile 100:55
The South American Championship reached its final stages. Yesterday the teams completed the preliminary round with four of them qualifying for the next stage. Brazil marched through the preliminary games untamed posting five straight victories and ensuring their birth in the Final. In the last round of action Brazilian team faced Chile and drove to a confident 100:55 victory. Brazil got to a usual unhurried start. Chile kept it within striking distance and trailed by just 6 points after the starting frame. But the things returned to expected as Brazil raised the tempo and easily ran away to a 50:26 distance at halftime. Chile however never collapsed and challenged their opponents in the third term. The teams exchanged the blows and Brazil narrowly outgunned the counterparts. But the intensity abated in the final quarter and Brazil finalized a comfortable win at the end. Chuca Ferreira (180 - F/G - 79) knocked down 20 points and pulled down 5 boards to pace Brazil. Karla da Costa (173 - G - 78) led all scorers with 23 points. Ziomara Morrison (193 - C - 89, agency: Players Group) answered with 16 points for Chilean team. Paola Naranjo (182 - F/C - 78) secured 9 points in defeat. Brazil will take on their archrivals Argentina in the Final tonight. Chile will fight against Venezuela for the last available ticket to FIBA Americas Championship 2009.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 23, Chuca Ferreira 20, Soeli Garvao (187 - C - 77) 14
Chile: Ziomara Morrison 16, Paola Naranjo 9

Argentina - Venezuela 108:77
Argentinean team completed their preliminary campaign at the South American Championship in Loja in style. They routed Venezuela and secured their spot in the tournament's title game. Thus Argentina booked the spot in the FIBA America Championship 2009 to be held in Brazil. Las Gigantes opened the game confidently scoring 31 points in the first frame and accumulating an 8 - point lead. The high - scoring game continued in the second period as Argentina stretched the lead to 12 points while the teams combined for 110 points by halftime. However Argentinean players accentuated the defense in the third period and held their opponents to 12 points. It allowed Las Gigantes to clear off to a 31 - point distance. Venezuela never recovered in the final term and suffered a bitter loss. They will now have to fight for the FIBA Americas Championship ticket in the game against Chile later today. Erica Sanchez (182 - F/C - 76) led all scorers with 21 points. Stephany Thomas (179 - F - 89) poured in 17 points, while Veronica Soberon (177 - G/F - 77) provided 15 for the winners. Roselis Silva ( - G - 91) answered with 20 points for Venezuela. Karla da Costa (173 - G - 78) notched 22 points and 5 boards to pace Brazil. Natalia Burian (163 - G - 84) scored 13 points, while Karina Jacob (187 - F/C - 85) added 12 points for the winners. Cleider Blanco ( - C - 90) answered with 12 points for Venezuela. Padilla had 8 points in a losing case. Brazil will face Chile in the last round of the preliminary stage today. Venezuela will play against Argentina.

Brazil: Karla da Costa 22, Natalia Burian 13, Karina Jacob 12
Venezuela: Cleider Blanco 12, Padilla 8

Argentina - Colombia 89:43
Argentinean team rebounded quickly after a bitter loss to Brazil to come firing from all guns against Colombia on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship. They faced Colombia and left their opponents not a mere chance to succeed in this one. Argentina dominated right from the start and built a 28:7 lead after the starting period. The shots kept pouring in from all possible ranges as Argentina continued to march towards impressive victory. They enjoyed an insurmountable 37 - point buffer before the fourth term and eased to the victory in the final term. Stephany Thomas (179 - F - 89) led the charge with 12 points. Veronica Soberon (177 - G/F - 77), Erica Sanchez (182 - F/C - 76) and Florencia Fernandez (190 - C - 86) scored 11 points apiece for the winners. Elena Diaz (185 - F - 83, college: Nebraska) answered with 11 points for Colombia. Luisa Atehortua (178 - F - 87) knocked down 10 points in a loss. Las Gigantes outrebounded their opponents 35:20 and dished out 16 assists comparing to 8 for Colombia. Argentina thus set up a must - win encounter against Venezuela later tonight for a chance to play in the Final. Colombia

   South American Championship. Day 4 - May. 28, 2008
Brazil - Venezuela 106:40
Brazilian National team cruised past Venezuela on the fourth day of action at the South American Championship for Women in Loja. Thus Brazil registered their 4th straight win and sealed the top spot in the preliminary round. Both teams entered the game undefeated and Venezuela hoped to come up with one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. But the defending champions easily surpassed ambitious rivals. They held Venezuela to only 7 points in the starting frame and jumped to a 23:7 advantage after ten minutes of action. Venezuela struggled defensively as Brazilian players easily penetrated under the rim. They accounted for 30 points in the second stanza and enjoyed massive 53:13 lead at halftime. The things hardly changed for Venezuela after the long break. The onslaught continued as Brazil outscored their counterparts 28:11 and 25:16 in the third and fourth terms respectively.

   South American Championship. Day 3 - May. 27, 2008
Brazil - Argentina 73:67
The South American Championship is in its full swing with the most anticipated games being played. Yesterday the main favorites Brazil and Argentina faced each other in Round 3 showdown. The defending champions celebrated a tough victory to remain at the top of the ladder. However Argentina started the game more successfully and jumped to an early lead. Carolina Erica Sanchez (182 - F/C - 76) paced Argentinean side to a 28:19 lead at the end of the first stanza. However Brazil struck right back. Karen Rocha (177 - G - 84) and Chuca Ferreira (180 - F/G - 79) came off the bench to ignite a massive 26:10 run from Brazilian team. It allowed the reigning champions to accumulate a 7 - point advantage at halftime. Brazil played a stifling defense at the moment and Argentina struggled to get things rolling. Brazilian bench players overwhelmed their counterparts and keeping Brazil in front throughout the third stanza. They stretched the gap to 11 points before the final frame. Argentina finally broke the deadlock in the fourth term cutting the margin to 5 points but Brazil withstood all comeback efforts from their opponents to register the third straight win at the tournament. Chuca Ferreira scored 21 points to lead all scorers. Karen Rocha knocked down 16 points in a winning case. Erica Sanchez answered with 17 points for Argentina. Maria Landra (188 - F - 83) canned 11 points in defeat. Argentina will next take on Colombia today. Brazil will face Venezuela in the fourth round.

Brazil: Chuca Ferreira 21, Karen Rocha 16, Soeli Garvao (187 - C - 77) 12+9 boards
Argentina: Erica Sanchez 17, Maria Landra 11

Ecuador - Venezuela 76 - 89
Venezuela drove to their third straight win and consolidated the top spot in the ladder. They will clash with Brazil in the top - shelf battle later tonight.

Chile - Colombia 77:56
Chile celebrated a key win in the pursuit for the spot in the top 4. They also revenged for a bitter loss to Colombia in the Bronze medals game in 2006. The teams are fighting for three tickets to the FIBA Americas Championship in 2009. Chile now has strong chances of finishing in the top 4 pool to play for possible qualification.

    South American Championship. Day 2 - May. 26, 2008
Brazil - Colombia 100:47
Brazilian team continued to roll confidently at the South American Championship in Loja, Ecuador. In the second round of the competition Brazil faced winless Colombia. The teams played evenly only in the first frame. Colombian team managed to keep it close and trailed by just 6 points after the opening period. However the things quickly turned the other way in the second period. Brazil limited their opponents to 7 points in the frame and stretched the advantage to 18 points. Paulo Bassul tried different players on the court but it never influenced the outcome. Brazilian players accounted for 33 points in the third period and cleared off to insurmountable 38 points before the fourth term. Colombia struggled to find the right rhythm and had to suffer the second defeat at the tournament. Brazil routed their opponents and remained at the top of the ladder together with Argentina and Venezuela. Soeli Garvao (187 - C - 77) notched 18 points and 7 boards to pace Brazil. Karla da Costa (173 - G - 78) had 17 points, while Chuca Ferreira (180 - F/G - 79) contributed 14 points for the winners. Londono answered with 10 points for Colombia. Elena Lopez delivered 9 points in a losing case. Brazil will take on Argentina in todays top - shelf battle.

Brazil: Soeli Garvao 18, Karla da Costa 17, Chuca Ferreira 14
Colombia: Londono 10, Elena Lopez 9

Ecuador - Argentina 46:98
Argentina continued their winning streak at the South American Championship. Hosting Ecuador became the second victim of the Argentinean squad falling short yesterday. The tournaments favorites marked their dominance right from the start. Argentina jumped ahead and rolled to a comfortable 30:11 lead after the opening stanza. The teams slowed down in the second term teaming up for just 15 points but it still allowed Argentina to stretch the gap to 24 points at the interval. Stephany Thomas (179 - F - 89) ignited another rally from Argentinean squad as they mounted the pressure and drove to a 66:33 advantage at three quarter time. Ecuador could not outscore Argentina in the final period and the favorites posted their second straight win. Stephany Thomas nailed 16 points to lead Argentina. Veronica Soberon (177 - G/F - 77) and Marcela Paoletta (170 - G - 79) provided 14 points apiece for the winners. Argentina improved on their free throw shooting which was woeful in the starting game. The team shot only 45% against Chile but managed 68% against Ecuador. Susana Jara ( - 80) answered with 14 points for Ecuador. Maria Espinoza ( - 83) knocked down 8 points as Ecuador fell to 0 - 2 record. Argentina will take on Brazil later tonight. Ecuador will seek for the initial victory against Venezuela.

Ecuador: Franciele Nacimiento (187 - F/C - 87) and Micaela Jacintho (180 - F - 79) paced Brazilian team as they outgunned Ecuador 24:10 in the second frame to pile up a 17 - point advantage at halftime. Brazil kept firing on all cylinders in the second half as they kept Ecuador at bay. Brazil easily rolled to a confident start of their South American championship campaign and topped the preliminary group. Micaela Jacintho led all scorers with 17 points. Franciele Nacimiento added 15 points and 7 boards, while Jacqueline Silvestre (178 - F - 86) scored 11 points in a winning case. Maria Espinoza ( - 83) and Maria Tobar ( - 71) answered with 14 points apiece for Ecuador. Susana Jara ( - 80) knocked down 8 points in defeat. Brazil will now face Colombia in the second round of action. Ecuador will oppose Argentina later tonight.

Brazil: Micaela Jacintho 17, Franciele Nacimiento 15, Jacqueline Silvestre 11
Ecuador: Maria Espinoza 14, Maria Tobar 14, Susana Jara 8

Argentina - Chile 95:63
Argentinean team opened the South American championship for Women with victory. On the first day of the action the Latin American powerhouse toppled Chile. Argentina got to an aggressive start of the game and quickly posted a double digit lead. Chile struggled to pass tight Argentinean defense and scored just 10 points in the starting frame. Argentina meanwhile accounted for 28 points and appeared comfortably ahead. However Paola Naranjo (182 - F/C - 78) paced Chile in the second stanza and they gradually evened the tempo. The teams traded the baskets throughout the second period and Chilean side capped the second quarter outscoring their opponents 18:16. But that was just a short moment of good performance for Chile. Argentina quickly rebounded and struck back right after the break. They cruised in the sec

    Venezuela's NT travels to Ecuador - May. 22, 2008
Barquisimeto, Venezuela. -  The Venezuelan Women National Team traveled to Loja, Ecuador, to play in the 2008 South American Championship from May 24th till the 30th against seven other countries, in an attempt to secure one of the three available tickets to the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament and try to make it to a FIBA Americas Women World Cup for the first time in the history of the country.

Coach Enrique Gil and his assistant, Oscar Velasquez, will use Maria Villarroel (174 - G - 78, college: Oklahoma), player of Sierre Basket in Switzerland, as their main star and offensive weapon. She'll have plenty of company with NCAA players Yesi Castillo (175 - F, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) and Ivaney Marquez ( - 83), followed by Jofranny Guerra and Veronica Hernandez, who just finished playing in a semi pro league in Ecuador as imported players.

The rest of the team is formed by members of the U19 squad that won the South American gold medal last year in Ecuador and that are going to play in the FIBA Americas U19 World Cup Qualy Tournament in Argentina, later this year. They are Cleider Blanco ( - 90), Yosimar Corrales ( - 90), Endrina Bolivar ( - 90), Maria Requena ( - 90), Maria Cabrices ( - 90), Roselis Silva ( - 91) and Kiancy Barragan ( - 90). Their goal will be to defeat direct rivals such as Colombia or Chile. Brazil is the current gold medal holder and Argentina finished in second place.

In preparation for this tournament, Venezuela defeated Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba while in concentration back home, in the city of San Juan de los Morros, Guarico. The team has a 20 year - old average but the handicap is their low height, stated at 1.75m in average.

   Day 5 - Aug. 6, 2006
Brazil dominated Argentina 91 - 62 in the 2006 South American Championship for Women played in Asuncion, Paraguay.Brazil won the game with pressure on the defensive side and a balanced offense led by Helen Luz who had 18 points. Colombia ended third as they defeated Chile 89 - 82 with 29 points by Yaneth Arias and 15 by Elena Diaz.

Day 5 Games

Finals

Brazil - Argentina 91 - 62 (21 - 24, 14 - 13, 28 - 21, 28 - 4)
Brazil: Santos Luz 18, Da Silva Santos 15+10reb, Martins Jacintho 15+5reb, De Souza 14+13reb, Garvao Zakrzeski 12+10reb.
Argentina: Sanchez 12, Peters 12, Paoletta 12, Rios 10, Landra 5.
The 28 - 4 run in the fourth quarter helped Brazil win the final game with Argentina. Brazil accelerated the rhythm, Argentina can抰 adapt the aggressive way of competition and collapsed drastically. Brazil out - rebounded Argentina 51 - 21. It helped Brazil get more chance to shoot the ball. Brazil 2P percentage is 58% and Argentina only 37%.

Third Place Game

Colombia - Chile 89 - 82 (19 - 24, 27 - 17, 16 - 17, 27 - 24)
Colombia: Arias Acosta 27+13reb, Valek Mantilla 21+6reb+9ast, Diaz Lopez 19+5reb, Cabezas Cortes 10.
Chile: Gomez Kehsler 34+17reb, Aragonese 23, Naranjo Postigo 10+9reb, Morrrison Jara 6+8reb, Novion Castillo 5.
Colombia walked out the shadow of losing with Brazil yesterday promptly. Although Chile led most of the stats, too many turnovers prevented them winning the game. Colombia took advantage of their stable exertion, kept the score advantage to the end.

   Day 3 - Aug. 4, 2006
On the third day of the South American Championship for Women, Argentina defeated Paraguay 89 - 62 to end the preliminary round play. Argentina won the first quarter 23 - 8 to cruise into the semifinals. Natalia Rios (175 - G - 80) (175 - G - 80) led the winners with 17 points while Paola Ferrari ( - G/F - 85) scored 28 in a losing cause.

In the other game of Group B, Colombia defeated Bolivia 76 - 61. Yenni Pinilla scored 24 points for Colombia. Jenny Vaca led Bolivia 14 points
In Group A, Chile crushed Peru 91 - 52. Paola Naranjo ( - F/C - 78) had 23 points, while Ziomara Morrrison ( - 88) chipped 18. Karina Figueroa (173 - G - 86) is the only one who scored double figures in Peru 14 points.
In the other game of Group A, Brazil crushed Venezuela 115 - 40 with 34 points from Erika. Kelly Da Silva and Micaela Martins each scored 16 points. Ofelia Villarroel led Venezuela with 11 points.
Brazil and Colombia are in the first two places in Group A, while Argentina and Chile are in Group B.

Day 3 Games:

Group A:
Chile - Peru 91 - 52
Chile: Paola Naranjo ( - F/C - 78) 23, Ziomara Morrrison ( - 88) 18, Valentina Aragonese ( - F - 79) 14, Tatiana Gomez ( - F/C - 81) 10
Peru: Karina Figueroa (173 - G - 86) 14, Daniela Scamarone 9, Maria Villanueva 8, Kelly Garrido 7

Brazil - Venezuela 115 - 40
Brazil: Erika De Souza (196 - C - 82) 34, Kelly Da Silva 16, Micaela Martins 16, Soeli Garvao (187 - C) 12
Venezuela: Ofelia Villarroel 11, Janeth Castillo ( - 70) 8, Ivaney Marquez ( - 83) 7, Adalinda Espinoza ( - 65) 7

Group B:
Argentina - Paraguay 89 - 62
Argentina: Natalia Rios  (175 - G - 80) 17
Paraguay: Paola Ferrari ( - G/F - 85) 28

Colombia - Bolivia  

   Day 4 - Aug. 4, 2006
Brazil defeated Colombia 84 - 41 and Argentina crushed Chile 88 - 67 to pass to the Gold medal game in the South American Championship for Women played in Paraguay. In the fifth place game, Venezuela defeated Paraguay 79 - 69. In the seventh game, Bolivia defeated Peru 79 - 74.

Day 4 Games

Semi - Final Brazil - Colombia 84 - 41 (16 - 8, 25 - 11, 20 - 12, 23 - 10)
Brazil: Santos Luz 16+5reb+9ast, De Souza 16+10reb, Marcal 10, Da Silva Santos 9+8reb, Silva Dos Santos 4+11reb.
Colombia: Diaz Lopez 10+5reb, Mosquera Martinez 9, Pinilla Garcia 5, Estrada Lopez 2+5st.
Brazil took advantage of their whole strength, controlled the game from start to the end. The aggressive defense restricted Colombia's percentage nearly 20%. Brazil out - rebounded Colombia 49 - 22. In assist, Brazil 27 and Colombia only 4.

Argentina - Chile 88 - 67 (27 - 14, 23 - 12, 13 - 22, 25 - 19)
Argentina: Vega 23+12reb, Sanchez 20, Paoletta 9, Soberon 6, Rios 6, Pavon 6.
Chile: Gomez Kehsler 16, Morrrison Jara 13+11reb, Serrano 9, Novion Castillo 9.
Argentina took the 24 points advantage into the second half. Argentina seemed to be prepared for the finals and didn't put 100% energy into the rest of the game. They didn't expand the advantage ulteriorly. Argentina's 21 steals led to Chile's 22 turnovers directly.

Fifth Place Game:
Venezuela - Paraguay 79 - 69
Seventh Place Game: Bolivia - Peru 79 - 74

   Day 2 - Aug. 3, 2006
On the second day of the South American Championship for Women, Colombia defeated Paraguay 81 - 73. Yaneth Arias (188 - F - 82) led Colombia with 28 points and 18 rebounds. In a losing cause Paola Ferrari had 25 points. Both teams are now 1 - 1 in the standings.
In the other game of Group B, Argentina defeated Bolivia 105 - 38. The Argentineans won the first quarter 26 - 6 to cruise for their second win. Cecilia Lineira and Natalia Rios (175 - G - 80) had 14 each. Paola Zarate led Bolivia with 10 points.
In Group A, Brazil dominated Chile 112 - 47. Kelly Santos (192 - C - 80) netted 20 points while Micaela Martins added 19 points for Brazil. Valentina Aragonese ( - F - 79) scored 11 points.
In the other game of Group A, Venezuela defeated Peru 86 - 68. Maria Villaroel had 24 points while Janeth Castillo ( - 70) added 18 in the win. Maria Villanueva was the best scorer with 21 points, Kelly Garrido added 13 points.

Day 2 games:

Group A:
Brazil - Chile 112 - 47
Brazil: Kelly Santos (192 - C - 80) 20, Micaela Martins 19, Erika De Souza 16, Soeli Garvao (187 - C) 14
Chile: Valentina Aragonese ( - F - 79) 11, Tatiana Gomez ( - F/C - 81) 9, Maria Valenzuela 8, Mary Paz 5

Venezuela - Peru 86 - 68
Venezuela: Maria Villaroel 24, Janeth Castillo ( - 70) 18, Ivaney Marquez ( - 83) 14
Peru: Maria Villanueva 21, Kelly Garrido 13, Daniela Scamarone 12

Group B:
Colombia - Paraguay 81 - 73
Colombia: Yaneth Arias (188 - F - 82) 28, Yenny Pinilla (173 - G - 73) 13, Elena Diaz (186 - F - 83) 11
Paraguay: Paola Ferrari 25, Johana Gueringuelli ( - 86) 20, Josefina Gorostriaga ( - 74) 11

Argentina - Bolivia 105 - 38

   Day 1 - Aug. 2, 2006
On the first day of the South American Championship for Women, Brazil dominated Peru 104 - 38. Brazil won the first quarter 35 - 5 to establish their commanding lead. Erika led Brazil with 18 points. Maria Villanueva led Peru with 11 points.
In the other game of Group A, Chile edged Venezuela 90 - 85. It was the most interesting and closed game in day 1. Valentina Aragonese ( - F - 79) led Chile with 22 points, while Veronica Ponce ( - G), Javiera Novion ( - 87) and Paola Naranjo ( - F/C - 78) each chipped 14 points. Janeth Castillo ( - 70) scored the game - high 25 points for Venezuela.
In Group B, Argentina defeated Colombia 78 - 69. Veronica Soberon (177 - G/F - 77) led Argentina with 21 points. Yaneth Arias (188 - F - 82) was the best scorer for Colombia with 18 points.
In the other game of Group B, Paraguay defeated Bolivia 86 - 45. Local star Paola Ferrari ( - G/F - 85) scored game - high 34 points. Johana Ghiringhelli added 17 points. In a losing cause Yulinka Medrano had 22 points.

Day 1 Games:

Group A:
Brazil - Peru 104 - 38
Brazil: Erika 18, Santos 15, Garvao 14, Lopes 11
Peru: Maria Villanueva 11, Figueroa 8, Garrido 5, Ayala 5

Chile - Venezuela 90 - 85
Chile: Valentina Aragonese ( - F - 79) 22, Veronica Ponce ( - G) 14, Javiera Novion ( - 87) 14, Paola Naranjo ( - F/C - 78) 14
Venezuela: Janeth Castillo ( - 70) 25, Villarroel 22, Blanco 13, Marquez 13

Group B:
Argentina - Colombia 78 - 69
Argentina: Veronica Soberon (177 - G/F - 77) 21, Nicolini 16, Vega 10, Rios 9
Colombia: Yaneth Arias (188 - F - 82) 18, Cabezas 17, Torres 11, Robledo 10

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