The FIBA world championships for women has a quarter-final line up after the qualification rounds for the last eight were determined. The teams that finished first in their respective groups automatically advanced to the quarters, while the teams that finished second and third battled it out to join them.
Belarus 67-72 China
China came from behind to record a 72-67 win over Belarus as the Asian giants now face European champions Spain in the quarter-finals.
Leading by 13 early in the final period, the Belarussians looked in total control, but the determined Chinese kept pushing and were rewarded as a 17-2 run turned the game on its head and ultimately knocked out Belarus both mentally and in the tournament.
Ting Shao led China with 23 points, the only Chinese player in double figures for scoring. Tatsiana Likhtarovich led Belarus with 20 points, while Leuchanka ended up one assist short of a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.
Serbia 86-79 Cuba
Serbia will make its first appearance in a world championship quarter-final for women after beating Cuba 86-79.
Despite defeat, the Cubans can hang their heads up high after a spirited display that saw start the brighter of the two but unfortunately fade as the match progressed.
Ana Dabovic led Serbia with 21 points with Marlen Cepeda’s 18 points not enough for the plucky Cubans.
Serbia will now face hosts Turkey in the quarter-finals.
Czech Republic 71-91 Canada
Canada have reached their first world quarter-final in 20 years after comfortably beating Czech Republic 91-71.
Kim Gaucher led the Canadians with 17 points and 7 rebounds as the Czechs posed little trouble as they will get ready to face Australia in the last eight.
France shut down Brazil in the second quarter, en route to 61-48 win as Les Bleus now prepare for an London 2012 Olympic gold medal rematch with the USA in the quarters.
Brazil were held to just five points in the second quarter as France’s slender first period lead of 12-10 turned into 26-15 and from there, they never looked back.
Sandrine Gruda led France with 17 points.