Cuba took a big lead in the second game of the day. New Zealand had a short turnaround, but their star, former Stanford player Jillian Harmon, caught fire in the second half to help the Tall Ferns come back. Micaela Cocks hit the game-tying three-pointer, but then fouled Marlen Cepeda late to give Cuba their final 64-62 margin. Cuba joins France in the next round.
New Zealand vs. Cuba 62-64 NZL Harmon 25/14r Purcell 9/8r Cocks 9/6a Davidson 8 Edmondson 7/6r/6a Paalvast 2 Beck 2 Hunter 0 Rooney 0 Stockill 0 Wallbutton DNP Franklin DNP CUB Gelis 16 Casanova 11/6r Cepeda 11 Oquendo 8 Noblet 6/10r Galindo 6 Romero 4 Povea Chacon 2 Avila 0 Thompson 0 Ochoa 0 Martinez Valdes DNP
Standings: France 2-0, Cuba 1-1, New Zealand 0-2
Turkey closed out the day and this stage of the tournament in their usual way, stifling Cameroon early and cruising to a 72-46 win, topping the group easily. Argentina had expected to also advance and this result confirmed it.
Turkey vs. Cameroon 72-46 TUR Sanders 12/9r Yilmaz 11 Vardarli Demirmen 9 Kimyacioglu 9 Alben 7/6a Senyurek 7 Cakir 7 Caglar 4/6r Canitez 4 Demirok 2 Cora 0 Ivegin Uner 0 CMR Ngo Ndjock 14/6r Lonlack 11 Mbiandja 8 Mfoula 6 Starling 4/7r N. Weledji 3 Abenkou 0 Dongmo Teinkela 0 T. Weledji 0 Ghane Yenou 0 Mbong 0 Tamboue Makwegat 0
Standings: Turkey 2-0, Argentina 1-1, Cameroon 0-2
The first game of the day ended up being the big surprise. South Korea took the early lead on Belarus and held on to the 66-65 win. Kang A-Jeong led the way again for the team as the tiebreakers left Belarus at the top of the group followed by South Korea. Nigeria had their tournament ended in agony a day after the euphoria of a great win.
South Korea vs. Belarus 66-65 KOR Kang AJ 18 Kim 17 Park JS 13/14r Lim 5 Lee SA 4 Yang 4 Park HJ 3 Kwak 2 Bae 0 Kang LS DNP Go DNP Lee EH DNP BLR Verameyenka 15/7r Likhtarovich 13 Harding 13/7a Troina 11 Leuchanka 10/9r Rytsikava 2 Papova 1 Snytsina 0 Ziuzkova 0 Trafimava DNP Anufriyenka DNP Malashka DNP
Standings: Belarus 1-1, South Korea 1-1, Nigeria 1-1
Spain had an easy time with Venezuela, riding the hot shooting of former Florida State player Leonor Rodriguez to an 83-55 and eliminating their opponents. China had expected to advance even before the day’s games and this result did not change that.
Spain vs. Venezuela 83-55 ESP Rodriguez 24 Lyttle 15 Quevedo 9 Torrens 8 Xargay 7 Romero 6 Pascua 4/9r Dominguez 4 Gil 4 Nicholls 2/8r Palau 0 Cruz DNP VEN Silva 16 Perez 10/7r Corrales 10 Wallen 8 Marquez 7 Garcia 2 Renault 2 Garate 0 Ortega 0 Duran 0 Rivas 0 Landaeta DNP
Standings: Spain 2-0, China 1-1, Venezuela 0-2
The quarterfinals will be played on Friday. The winners will qualify for the Olympics and their tournaments will be over. The losing teams will compete in a playoff for the final spot.
France vs. Argentina
Turkey vs. Cuba
Belarus vs. China
Spain vs. South Korea