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USA Will Face Australia in Early Rounds of 2010 Women’s World Championships



By Lee Michaelson
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FIBA conducted the draw for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women on today in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, host of next year’s World Championship finals. One thing is clear: Women’s basketball fans are unlikely to have to wait for the finals to witness the long-awaited showdown between Australia, who captured the women’s world title in Brazil in 2006, and the United States, wo hope to reclaim it.

Sixteen countries have qualified to compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship that will be held from September 23 to October 3 in Brno, Karlovy Vary and Ostrava, Czech Republic.  The gold medal winner earns an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympic Games. The 16 teams were divided into four preliminary-round pools in today’s draw.

Team USA has been placed in Group B, where they will face France, Greece and Senegal in the first round of games. Australia wound up in the opposite bracket, Group A, which also includes Belarus, Canada and China; Group C consists of Brazil, Mali, South Korea and Spain; and Group D is comprised of Argentina, Czech Republic, Japan and Russia.

The preliminary round will be played in two cities from September 23 through September 25, utilizing a round-robin format within each preliminary round group. The top three finishing teams from each group will advance to second-round play with the top teams in Groups A and B merging into Group E and the top teams in Groups C and D forming Group F. The 12 teams who make it into the second round, which will be played from September 27 through 29, will feature six teams in each group. Each team will play the three new teams in its second-round group.

That means that unless the U.S. finishes last in its pool, and/or Australia does the same in Group A, the two international women’s powerhouses are headed for a showdown in the second round of competition.

 

FIBA conducted the draw for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women on today in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, host of next year’s World Championship finals. One thing is clear: Women’s basketball fans are unlikely to have to wait for the finals to witness the long-awaited showdown between Australia, who captured the women’s world title in Brazil in 2006, and the United States, wo hope to reclaim it.

Sixteen countries have qualified to compete in the 2010 FIBA World Championship that will be held from September 23 to October 3 in Brno, Karlovy Vary and Ostrava, Czech Republic.  The gold medal winner earns an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympic Games. The 16 teams were divided into four preliminary-round pools in today’s draw.

Team USA has been placed in Group B, where they will face France, Greece and Senegal in the first round of games. Australia wound up in the opposite bracket, Group A, which also includes Belarus, Canada and China; Group C consists of Brazil, Mali, South Korea and Spain; and Group D is comprised of Argentina, Czech Republic, Japan and Russia.

The preliminary round will be played in two cities from September 23 through September 25, utilizing a round-robin format within each preliminary round group. The top three finishing teams from each group will advance to second-round play with the top teams in Groups A and B merging into Group E and the top teams in Groups C and D forming Group F. The 12 teams who make it into the second round, which will be played from September 27 through 29, will feature six teams in each group. Each team will play the three new teams in its second-round group.

That means that unless the U.S. finishes last in its pool, and/or Australia does the same in Group A, the two international women’s powerhouses are headed for a showdown in the second round of competition.

 

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Originally published Tue, November 24, 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.
Rank remains unchanged since last week
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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.