In semifinal 1, Argentina is surprisingly ahead over Brazil at half-time, 32-23.
Argentinian team displayed an intense game, while Brazil was disastrous in shooting in the first part of the period.
The final will be USA-Brazil, a classic.
Yesterday, US team rocked Canada with an outstanding performance of Morgan Tuck, Breanna Stewart and Bashaara Graves (finally). Michaela Marbrey again good on 3-pts shooting + 6 reb & ast, Lexie Brown 6 ast & 6 reb.
I respect your opinion but why would you think that USA vs. Brazil would be a classic?
In 2010 the USA beat Brazil 81-38 (different girls but still the same system/countries) and the USA is favored by 43.5 points today so they are expecting a score in the range of 85-43.
Just because it's a repeat of the Fiba Americas 2010 Junior and 2011 Cadet finals.
Originally Posted by Dr. T
Then it's clear that the North Americans are heavily favored...
USA won its 6th straight U18 title beating Brazil 71-47.
It was not an easy win for the North Americans who terribly struggled in shooting in Q1 (7-16) and even trailed 7-18 shortly after.
Then the game changed completely during Q2 and thanks to a 19-0 run US team took the lead and never looked back.
4 US players scored in double digits, Michaela Marbrey, Morgan Tuck, Breanna Stewart and Bashaara Graves, the last three scoring doubles-doubles. Isabela Macedo was the game's high scorer for Brazil with 18. Stewart named tournament MVP and Tuck finished as her team's leading scorer.
USA won the final basically with 7 players. Already shortened during the tournament to 9, both Kendall Cooper and Candice Agee played just few minutes (for #15 Cooper it was probably due to an ankle injury, looking at her left foot in this after-game photo).