July 29, 2017
The final was expected to be an exciting game and it more than lived up to the hype. Kelsey Griffin had her most impressive performance to date as Australia’s naturalized player, grabbing MVP honors, but Saki Mizushima could not be stopped behind the arc and Japan fended off a last ditch effort to escape with the 74-73 win and retain their crown against new challengers. The day started with the other important game as Kim Mi-Hyang and North Korea lost to the Philippines 78-63, setting themselves up to be relegated to Division B in the next edition of the tournament. Taiwan was clearly more motivated in the 5th place game as they jetted out to a big lead and beat New Zealand 65-45. China beat South Korea 75-51 to grab the last medal in a game featuring a great battle of young post players.
Australia vs. Japan 73-74 AUS Griffin 30/15r Tolo 13/8r Snell 9/7r Ebzery 8/6a Smith 6 Cumming 3 Lavey 2 Blicavs 2 Mansfield 0 Garrick 0 Hodges DNP Kunek DNP JPN Mizushima 26 Miyazawa 11/7r Nagaoka 10 Takada 9/8r Machida 7/9a Fujioka 4/6a Osaki 4 Mawuli 3 Kawamura 0 Akaho 0 Yoshida DNP Kondo DNP
South Korea vs. China 51-75 KOR Park JS 14/11r Kang L-S 13/6r Lim 12 Kim S-D 6 Kwak 4 Park H-N 2 Sim 0 Park H-J DNP Kang A-J DNP Roberson DNP Bae DNP Kim D-B DNP CHN Li YR 16/11r Huang SJ 16/6r Li M 9/7a Wu 8 Gao 8 Zhao 5 Shen 5 Sun 3 Shi 3 Shao 2 Huang HP 0 Chen DNP
New Zealand vs. Taiwan 45-65 NZL Cocks 10/8r Purcell 8/10r Edmondson 8 Harmon 4/6r Stockill 4 Paalvast 4 Bygate 3 Franklin 2 Jillings 2 Agnew 0 Taylor 0 Ott 0 TPE Huang P-J 10 Burke 10 Lin Y-T 9/6a Cheng 8/9r Wu 6 Huang F-S 6 Lo 4 Huang H-T 4 Lan 3 Wang 3 Chen 2 Lin C-W DNP
North Korea vs. Philippines 63-78 PRK Kim M-H 20 Ro 17/9r Kim H-O 13 Kim R-J 7/6r Jang 2 Kim U-J 2 Ri 2 Kim H-Y 0 Pak H-J DNP Ko DNP Kong DNP Pak J-A PHI Lim 16 Almazan 13 Resultay 10/10r Animam 10/6r Bernardino 8 Miranda 7 Cabinbin 6/8a Pontejos 6 Sambile 2 Dy 0 Tongco 0 Castro DNP
The other championship game was every bit as thrilling, especially with promotion to the next Division A tournament on the line. Nadezhda Kondrakova and Kazakhstan got off to the better start, but the roar of the home fans helped India surge into the lead in the fourth quarter as Jeena Palanilkumkalay Il Skaria led the way in a 75-73 win. Miliakere Koyamainavure had another great game for Fiji, but Amanda Lim and Singapore had too strong of a start to be stopped as they won 80-65. Rebecca Akl and Lebanon did just enough in the final frame to beat Elena Khusnitdinova and Uzbekistan 59-55.
Kazakhstan vs. India 73-75 KAZ Kondrakova 30/18r Kurazova 17/6r Yagodkina 9/8r/6a Ossipenko 8 Kolesnikova 5 Ivanova 4 Astapenko 0 Abikeyeva 0 Begun 0 Kovalevskaya 0 Aldanysheva DNP IND Palanilkumkalay Il Skaria 20/6r Limaye 17/10r/6a Varghese 14 Sidhu 13 Paul Durai 9 Rajaganapathi 2 Akula 0 Pattemane Udayakumar 0 Kaur 0 Prasannan Geetha DNP Sonkar DNP Chaturvedi DNP
Uzbekistan vs. Lebanon 55-59 UZB Khusnitdinova 22 Sevastyanova 9/8r Averyanova 6/12r Samatova 6 Salavatova 6 Ejova 3 Asanova 2 Nauruzbaeva 1 Kashuba 0 Koneva DNP LBN Akl 20 El Charif 10/6r Fares 7 Bakhos 6 Gyokchian 5 Moukaddem 5 Mokdad 3 Schoucair 3 Maalouf 0 El Harake 0 Chammas DNP
Fiji vs. Singapore 65-80 FIJ Koyamainavure 31/11r Wise 15/7r Kainamoli 7/6r Sauta 5 Tawake 3/8r Raluvenitoga 2 Tora 2 Dobui 0 Boseiwaqa DNP Nainima DNP Korovou DNP Whippy DNP SGP Z. Lim 26 Poon 11 Tan 9/7r See 7 Chu 6/6r Koh 5 R. Lim 5 Tang 5 Loiter 4 Yoshida 2 Ang 0 J. Lim 0