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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

U.S, headed to quarterfinals

It was really just a formality and more of a case of when and not if the United States would clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Women. But the U.S. secured a berth in style, rolling past previously undefeated Russia 75-56 Tuesday in Bangkok, Thailand.

Stanford rising sophomore Nneka Ogwumike had eight points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter as the U.S. outscored Russia 20-6 to win going away. Ogwumike finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the United States were Miami sophomore to be Shenise Johnson (11 points and nine rebounds), Ohio State rising sophomore Samantha Prahalis (10 points and seven assists and Notre Dame incoming freshman Skylar Diggins, who finished with 10 points after missing Monday's game against Canada with the flu. UConn incoming freshman Kelly Faris had two points, one rebound and one steal in 11 minutes.

The win guaranteed that the U.S. would finish no worse than third in Group F which will prevent it from having to play undefeated Australia in the quarterfinals. The U.S. wraps up play in Group F on Wednesday at 2 a.m. against Japan. Wednesday's Spain/Russia game will also have a major role in which place the U.S. finishes in Group F. Assuming Spain beats Canada (it currently holds a double-digit lead in the third quarter), the Spaniards can wrap up the Group F title with a win tomorrow against Russia. If Russia and the U.S. both win, there will be a three-way tie atop Group F and we'll have to wait and see how the tiebreaking system determines the order of seeding.

Outside of Australia earning the top seed, the deal in Group E is pretty jumbled. Assuming Argentina holds on to beat Brazil, Argentina, Lithuania and Czech Republic would all be 3-2 with Brazil and France 2-3 heading into the final day of pool play. Only four teams would advance to the quarterfinals.

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