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USA Women Down Canada 87-46 In FIBA World Championship

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Photo Caption: The U.S. second team provided a huge spark off the bench in the opening game of Round 2 of the Women’s World Championships, as Lindsay Whalen the U.S. to an 87-46 victory over Canada with a game-high 16 points. Eleven of the 12 American players notched points in the win, with six tallying nine points or more.

Photo Credit: Tara Polen

By USA Basketball
Press Release

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (Sept. 27, 2010)—Leading 19-14 after the first quarter, a monster 28-11 advantage in the second period propelled the USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team (4-0) to a 87-46 win over Canada (1-3) in the second round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship on Monday evening in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The USA’s defense starred in the game, forcing 32 turnovers and collecting 20 steals, which it converted into 38 second-chance points and 31 points off of fast-break opportunities.

Linsday Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) was the USA’s leading scorer with 16 points as 11 of 12 U.S. players recorded points in the win, including six with nine or more.

“We have more depth and we’re able to stay fresher throughout the game,” said USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma. “We’re able to get in passing lanes, be disruptive on defense and we thought, going into the game, that’s exactly what we had to do because we watched Australia-Canada and that was a lot closer game than the score indicated, because they do make it difficult to guard them because they stay with their stuff over and over again. You have to be disciplined. You have to be determined not to break down. I thought our guys did a great job today of staying within that and not being impulsive and trying to steal it every time down the floor. Lindsay (Whalen) was just great. She set a tone. She and Candice Dupree were really special today the way they played. Now we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) added 11 points and five steals, and Swin Cash (Seattle Storm) tallied 10 points. Scoring nine points apiece were Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun) and Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), who also collected a game-high seven rebounds, including five offensive boards. Additionally, Maya Moore (University of Connecticut) dished out a game-high four assists.

“I think we have a really balanced team,” Dupree said. “Everybody is going to have an off night, and then you have nights where people play really well. That’s the good part about our team. We have a lot of all-stars on our team, and somebody steps up every night.”

The USA will continue second round play against Belarus (2-2) at 8:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m. EDT) on Sept. 28 and Group A’s top seed Australia (4-0) at 8:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m. EDT) on Sept. 29. All of the USA games will air live on NBA TV, and fans can also watch live streaming of all FIBA World Championship games at http://www.FIBATV.com.

Side Notes

By Lee Michaelson, Publisher

  • Monday, an electrical fire struck the KV Arena in Karlovy Vary where the quarterfinals, semifinals and medal games of the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women are scheduled to be played later this week. The fire is not expected to affect the games, however, according to Roman Mlatecek, a member of the local organizing committee.

    The only change in schedule as of now is for the practice games for the classification rounds which begin Tuesday to rank the four teams – Argentina, China, Mali and Senegal—already eliminated from contention in the Championships. Monday’s practices for those four teams were moved to a secondary arena, but “This should be the only change connected to the FIBA World Championship schedule,” said Mlatecek.

    “The most probable cause of the fire was the wiring problem. The fire department was able to get the fire under control quickly,” said Mlatecek.

    According to arena officials, the structure of the arena itself was not damaged, with the main problems now being the smoke and lost electricity in the arena. “Since KV Arena is a new and modern arena with a good air conditioning system, we believe that as soon as we have electricity plugged back in, we should be able to air out the arena quickly enough to keep Tuesday’s [classification program and the remainder of the games later this week] unaffected,” Mlatecek said.

    Though the audio is in Czech, the clouds of smoke billowing into the street in the following clip from local television news station tn.cz (click on the photograph of the newscaster in the yellow jacket in the large block story area on the left) is the proverbial picture that says a thousand words. Karlovy Vary Arena Fire Video


  • Janelle Bekkering, who together with Kimberly Smith led the Canadians Monday with eight points apiece, says she’s been getting plenty of love in the form of e-mail well-wishes from Coach Kelly Graves and her teammates back at Gonzaga. And if Bekkering’s form when pitted against the best players the WNBA has to offer is any indication, Graves and the ‘Zags should be happy to have her back come early October.


  • Two Canadian players were whistled for “unsportsmanlike” fouls in the course of Monday’s game, both incurred in ill-thought attempts to stop breakaway layups, so it may be worth noting the distinction between technical (or unsportsmanlike) and flagrant fouls under FIBA rules as distinguished from their equivalents in the NCAA and WNBA.

    In FIBA, an “unsportsmanlike” foul is roughly equivalent to a flagrant type I in U.S. basketball, with the caveat that it can be called even where the contact involved is neither “unnecessary” nor “excessive.”  An unsportsmanlike foul may be called, as it was in both these cases, where the contact is intentional and made with no intention to play the ball, as well as when one player fouls another from behind on the fast break, as was the case with Courtney Pilypaitis’s foul against Lindsay Whalen. In fact, it can even be called upon a team fouling late in the game in an attempt to stop the clock if no play is being made on the ball.

    Canadian Coach Allison McNeill, who by the way is a total gem, described one of her team’s two “unsportsmanlike” fouls as “stupidity” and the other as “silliness.” Kaela Chapdelaine’s bear hug of Angel McCoughtry, McNeill contended, because Chapelaine has played internationally and knows how the FIBA rules are called. Pilypaitis’s foul on Whalen was “silly,” both because it was so unlikely to benefit her team, and because it arose out of youthful enthusiasm.

    In either case, however, American TV viewers should be aware that neither incident involved excessive contact or anything we would typically describe as a lack of sportsmanship.


  • At one point in the game, though his team was ahead by a substantial margin, U.S. Coach Geno Auriemma could be heard clear way up in the rafters, yelling in exasperation, “Come on! What can you be thinking?”

    The object of his consternation? Former UConn protege Tina Charles. Auriemma brought the house down with laughter in the post-game presser in the course of describing what gave rise to his opprobrium:

    “When you put together an All-Star team,” said Auriemma, “very few of these guys make the team because they’re great defensive players or they dive on loose balls or they take charges. Everybody that’s on this team is on the team because they’re a scorer; they’re good offensive players. And when you’ve got that many good offensive players on your team, why in God’s name would you ever take a shot that has like a one-percent chance of going in? So, you know, for Tina to catch the ball, dribble twice and be triple-teamed and still throw it at the rim—okay, I understand if you do that if you’re the only good player on the team, but we just have so many good offensive players, that ....”

    Auriemma noted that Charles acknowledged her mistake as soon as he looked over at her. “I looked at her, and she just goes, ‘I know, I know, I know.’ Well, everybody knows after the fact. You’re supposed to know before the fact, you know.”

    Auriemma then looked to Canada’s coach McNiell, for some mutual understanding. “My guys might be good, but we’ve got the same issues.”

    To which Coach McNiell responded, laughing, “Well, I’ve got a whole team that dives on loose balls and are not offensive players. So don’t whine.”

Monday’s Other Games

Group E – Ostrava

  • Australia (4-0) 93—Greece (1-3) 54

    High Scorer: Lauren Jackson (Australia) – 20

    High Rebounder: Lauren Jackson (Australia) – 12


  • France (3-1) 58—Belarus (2-2) 48

    High Scorer: Yelena Leuchanka (Belarus) – 17

    High Rebounder: Yelena Leuchanka (Belarus) – 14


  • USA (4-0) 87—Canada (1-4) 46

    High Scorer: Lindsay Whalen (USA)—16

    High Rebounder:   Candice Dupree (USA)—7

Group F – Brno

  • Spain (4-0) 86—Japan (1-3) 59

    High Scorer: Sancho Lyttle (Spain) – 29

    High Rebounder: Sancho Lyttle (Spain) – 11


  • Czech Republic (3-1) 96—Korea (2-2) 65

    High Scorer: Eva Viteckova (Czech Republic) – 27

    High Rebounder: Hana Horakova (Czech Republic) – 7


  • Russia (4-0) 76—Brazil (1-3) 53

    High Scorer: Adrianinha Pinto (Brazil)— 20

    High Rebounder: Erika De Souza (Brazil)—14


Originally published Tue, September 28, 2010

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