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U.S. Sails Past Puerto Rico, Secures Spot in Women’s U16 Semifinals



By Lee Michaelson
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The U.S. guaranteed its spot in the semifinals of the 2009 FIBA Americas Women’s U16 Championships with another blow-out win, this time a 114-37 victory over Puerto Rico yesterday in Mexico City. Regardless of the outcome of today’s match against Argentina, the only other team in Pool B who are also unbeaten, both teams are sure of advancing to the tournament’s semifinals over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, both of which have already suffered two losses. (The top two teams from each pool move on to the semis.)

On the opposite side of the bracket, Canada, also unbeaten, is ensured of advancing, while host Mexico and Brazil, both 1-1, must await the outcome of today’s games to know who will move on and who will drop into the classification rounds with Guatemala, 0-2. Mexico definitely faces the uphill battle, as it faces off against the Canadians tonight, while Brazil, who holds the tie-breaker having beaten Mexico in their head-to-head yesterday, must only get past Guatemala (or see Mexico lose to Canada) to move on.

While Canada and Argentina have been impressive, it is the American teens who have been burning up the tournament, led yesterday by 22 points from Betnijah Laney of Smyrna High School, Clayton, Delaware. In addition to Laney, six other U.S. players finished in double figures.

The U.S. guaranteed its spot in the semifinals of the 2009 FIBA Americas Women’s U16 Championships with another blow-out win, this time a 114-37 victory over Puerto Rico yesterday in Mexico City. Regardless of the outcome of today’s match against Argentina, the only other team in Pool B who are also unbeaten, both teams are sure of advancing to the tournament’s semifinals over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, both of which have already suffered two losses. (The top two teams from each pool move on to the semis.)

On the opposite side of the bracket, Canada, also unbeaten, is ensured of advancing, while host Mexico and Brazil, both 1-1, must await the outcome of today’s games to know who will move on and who will drop into the classification rounds with Guatemala, 0-2. Mexico definitely faces the uphill battle, as it faces off against the Canadians tonight, while Brazil, who holds the tie-breaker having beaten Mexico in their head-to-head yesterday, must only get past Guatemala (or see Mexico lose to Canada) to move on.

While Canada and Argentina have been impressive, it is the American teens who have been burning up the tournament, led yesterday by 22 points from Betnijah Laney of Smyrna High School, Clayton, Delaware. In addition to Laney, six other U.S. players finished in double figures.

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Originally published Wed, August 12, 2009


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.