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Asian Championships 2009 - Women Basketball


Play-Off bracket

Asian Championships Final Standings
 1. China
 2. S.Korea
 3. Japan
 4. Taiwan
 5. Thailand
 6. India
 7. Malaysia
 8. Lebanon
 9. Kazakhstan
 10. Philippines
 11. Uzbekistan
 12. Sri Lanka
Points Per Game
 Geethu Anna JOSE
  IND
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Jose, IND22.0 
 2. Anderson, LEB19.7 
 3. Beon, KOR17.4 
 4. Chada, LEB16.8 
 5. Jantakan, THA16.7 
 6. Arayi, PHI15.8 
 7. Polunina, UZB14.2 
 8. Jung, KOR14.1 
 9. Kuzmicheva, KAZ14.0 
 10. Suksomwong, T.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chirine EL CHARIF
  (185-F-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. El Charif, LEB10.5 
 2. Sedova, KAZ10.4 
 3. Anderson, LEB9.8 
 4. Ivanova, KAZ9.0 
 5. Jose, IND8.7 
 6. Yoshida, JPN7.7 
 7. Kuzmicheva, KAZ7.4 
 8. Guan, CHN7.3 
 9. Silva, SRI7.2 
 10. Tatarinova, U.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Lee, KOR4.6 
 2. Obata, JPN4.5 
 3. Chada, LEB4.3 
 4. Miao, CHN3.7 
 5. Bian, CHN3.7 
 6. Ma, CHN3.6 
 7. Alishauskait., KAZ3.6 
 8. Yoshida, JPN3.3 
 9. Beon, KOR3.3 
 10. Guan, C.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juthamas JANTAKAN
  (174-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jantakan, THA2.2 
 2. Silva, SRI1.8 
 3. Chada, LEB1.7 
 4. Grajales, PHI1.6 
 5. Arayi, PHI1.6 
 6. Beruwalage, SRI1.6 
 7. Polunina, UZB1.6 
 8. Obata, JPN1.5 
 9. Titova, UZB1.4 
 10. Beon, K.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Geethu Anna JOSE
  IND
  (185-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jose, IND1.8 
 2. El Charif, LEB1.5 
 3. Sedova, KAZ1.4 
 4. Anderson, LEB1.2 
 5. Chen, CHN1.0 
 6. Kuzmicheva, KAZ1.0 
 7. Ha, KOR0.8 
 8. Kondrakova, KAZ0.8 
 9. Chada, LEB0.7 
 10. Banmoo, T.0.7 
Asian Championships Group Standings
Group A
 1. China 5-0 
 2. S.Korea 4-1 
 3. Japan 3-2 
 4. Taiwan 2-3 
 5. Thailand 1-4 
 6. India 0-5 
Group B
 1. Malaysia 4-1 
 2. Lebanon 4-1 
 3. Kazakhstan 3-2 
 4. Philippines 3-2 
 5. Uzbekistan 1-4 
 6. Sri Lanka 0-5 
 
China won their 10th gold medal in FIBA Asia Women Championships (Photo: india2009.fiba.com)


2009 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
#s#
Banban Yang
Yang
Lan Bian
Bian
Hanlan Zhang
Zhang
Xin Guan
Guan
Fan Zhang
Zhang
#e#6
4 Yang Banban 171-G-89 Liaoning Hengye China
5 Bian Lan 185-F-86 Jiangsu Phoenix China
6 Zhang Hanlan 175-G-79 Shenyang army Liaoyang Golden Lions China
7 Chen Xiaojia 177-G-88 Jiangsu Phoenix China
8 LiJie Miao 180-G-81 Sacramento Monarchs USA
9 Guan Xin 196-C-87 Guangdong Asia Aluminium Dolphins China
10 Zhang Fan 188-F-84 Beijing Great Wall China
11 Ma Zheng Yu 183-F-83 Liaoning Hengye China
12 Chen Xiaoli 193-F-82 Liaoning Hengye China
13 Liu Dan 194-F-87 Shenyang army Liaoyang Golden Lions China
14 Huang Hongpin 196-C-89 Guangdong Asia Aluminium Dolphins China
15 Nan Chen 197-C-83 Chicago Sky USA

Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Championships 2009 Awards - Sep. 26, 2009 

All-Asian Championships 1st Team 2009
Nan Chen
Chen
Chada Nasr
Nasr
Yeon Ha Beon
Beon
Beng Fong Goh
Goh
Chantelle Anderson
Anderson

Best Player: Nan Chen (197-C-83) of China
Best Guard: Chada Nasr (173-G-83) of Lebanon
Best Forward: Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) of South Korea
Best Center: Nan Chen of China
Best Coach: Sun Fengwu of China

1st Team
G: Chada Nasr of Lebanon
G: Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) of Malaysia
F: Beon Yeon Ha of South Korea
C: Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81) of Lebanon * we made exception including two centers in 1st Team as both Anderson and Nan Chen definitely deserved to make it to the 1st Team
C: Nan Chen of China

2nd Team
G: Lan Jui-Yu (170-G-83) of Taiwan
G: Merenciana Arayi (85) of Philippines
F: Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) of South Korea
F: Ma Zheng Yu (183-F-83) of China
C: Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) of India

Honorable Mention
Liu Chun-Yi (180-F-81) of Taiwan
Noriko Koiso (183-C-74) of Japan
Al Mitani (182-F-78) of Japan
Kim Jung-Eun (181-F-87) of South Korea
Bian Lan (185-F-86) of China
Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) of China
Lyudmila Sedova (187-C-79) of Kazakhstan


CHN/KOR China overpower Korea to regain gold - Sep. 24, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - A powerful performance midway through the first half interrupted only by the first quarter break helped Japan outsmart Chinese Taipei 72-57 and retain their bronze on Thursday.
The Fumikazu Nakagawa-trained team from the Land of the Rising Sun thus bagged the third berth available to represent FIBA Asia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women scheduled to be held in Czech Republic.
We had our ups and downs in this Championship, but we have finished on an up, gushed Nakagawa.
A few plans and a few didnt, but what I am happy about is that the plans for the most crucial game worked, he added.
Taipei kept the exchanges in plays as well as scoring almost equal for a better part of the first quarter, but only till Japan found ways to cope with a surprisingly off-colour Yuko Oga.
Noriko Koiso and Ai Mitani stepped up to compensate for Ogas struggle especially in the first quarter, when she drew a blank on all her six field attempts.
Mitani fired in five points capping a steal to go with a crisp three-pointer and assisted Asami Yoshida for a long-ranger and Japan broke away from an equal 8-8 position to close the first quarter 18-11 ahead.
Li Wan-tings free-throw and Chu Yung-hsus success on the paint saved the blushes for Taipei in that period.
And when the second quarter opened, Oga had found her touch.
The Phoenix Mercury point-guard scored four apart from an assist and a steal and Japan scored the first 10 points of the second quarter and consolidated their position.
Li Wan-ting ended the drought for Taipei, but Japan were well on cruise mode thereafter.
Koiso who had scored the first eight points for Japan before Mitani sparked the charge, went on to top score the game with 21 points.
I know Im not the best player in my team. Nor am I the star of the team. Therefore, it feels really good when you contribute at a time which matters the most, said Koiso.
Koiso also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Mitani, who accounted for 16 points, echoed Koisos words: We know we had lost the opportunity to qualify for the World Championship last time. So our target was very clear when we arrived here. And we were not going to let it go at the most crucial time.
Oga had a sub-par 10 points, but had six assists.
Yoshida led the game for assists with nine and 11 rebounds, as Japan won the battle of boards 41-26.
They were far better prepared and better equipped, said Taipei coach Lin Hung Ling-Yao.
Cheng Hui-yuns 17 points was the highest for Taipei.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


JPN/TPE - JAPAN OUTSMART TAIPEI , WIN BRONZE - Sep. 24, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - A powerful performance midway through the first half interrupted only by the first quarter break helped Japan outsmart Chinese Taipei 72-57 and retain their bronze on Thursday.
The Fumikazu Nakagawa-trained team from the Land of the Rising Sun thus bagged the third berth available to represent FIBA Asia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women scheduled to be held in Czech Republic.
We had our ups and downs in this Championship, but we have finished on an up, gushed Nakagawa.
A few plans and a few didnt, but what I am happy about is that the plans for the most crucial game worked, he added.
Taipei kept the exchanges in plays as well as scoring almost equal for a better part of the first quarter, but only till Japan found ways to cope with a surprisingly off-colour Yuko Oga.
Noriko Koiso and Ai Mitani stepped up to compensate for Ogas struggle especially in the first quarter, when she drew a blank on all her six field attempts.
Mitani fired in five points capping a steal to go with a crisp three-pointer and assisted Asami Yoshida for a long-ranger and Japan broke away from an equal 8-8 position to close the first quarter 18-11 ahead.
Li Wan-tings free-throw and Chu Yung-hsus success on the paint saved the blushes for Taipei in that period.
And when the second quarter opened, Oga had found her touch.
The Phoenix Mercury point-guard scored four apart from an assist and a steal and Japan scored the first 10 points of the second quarter and consolidated their position.
Li Wan-ting ended the drought for Taipei, but Japan were well on cruise mode thereafter.
Koiso who had scored the first eight points for Japan before Mitani sparked the charge, went on to top score the game with 21 points.
I know Im not the best player in my team. Nor am I the star of the team. Therefore, it feels really good when you contribute at a time which matters the most, said Koiso.
Koiso also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
Mitani, who accounted for 16 points, echoed Koisos words: We know we had lost the opportunity to qualify for the World Championship last time. So our target was very clear when we arrived here. And we were not going to let it go at the most crucial time.
Oga had a sub-par 10 points, but had six assists.
Yoshida led the game for assists with nine and 11 rebounds, as Japan won the battle of boards 41-26.
They were far better prepared and better equipped, said Taipei coach Lin Hung Ling-Yao.
Cheng Hui-yuns 17 points was the highest for Taipei.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


China take Gold in Chennai - Sep. 24, 2009 
Final
South Korea - China 71-91
China celebrated the victory at the 23rd Edition of the Asia Championship. They dethroned South Korea avenging of the loss in the last tournaments Final. Nan Chen (197-C-83) scored 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pilot China to the victory. It was neck and neck battle in the opening frame. Neither side could gain any sort of substantial lead. Bian Lan and Nan Chen gave China an 18:13 lead late in the stanza but Mi Sun Lee and Sun Min Jung ensured a 17:18 deficit for Korea at the first break. However China opened the second period with ten points in a row to take a double digit lead. They maintained it throughout the frame before Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) hit a trey to drag Korea within 8 at halftime. China once again got to a quick start of the quarter as they tipped off the third one with a 10:1 run. The advantage grew bigger as China started to take over in this one. They built a 21-point advantage at the final break. Hanlan Zhang and Xiaoli Chen boosted the advantage at 23 points early in the final period and China coasted to the win in the final minutes. Ma Zengyu had 16 points and 6 assists for China. Bian Lan added 14 points, 6 boards and 5 assists in the win. Beon Yeon Ha knocked down 29 points for Korea. Jung Sun-Min delivered 17 points in the losing effort.

3rd place
Japan - Taiwan 72-57
Japan claimed the Bronze medals at the Asia Championship in India. They overcame Taiwan in the consolation final tonight. The stakes were high as the winner booked the spot at the 2010 World Championship. And Japan succeeded registering a comfortable win at the end. Noriko Koiso (183-C-74) fired 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to pace the charge. The teams exchanged the baskets early in the game before Japan unleashed an 8:1 run to clear off. Japan secured an 18:11 advantage at the first break. Japan opened the second frame with ten points in a row to build a 17-points buffer. They maintained it well throughout the reminder of the half and posted a confident 39:19 lead at halftime. But Taiwan were not done just yet. They limited their opponents to only 12 points in the third quarter and got within 14 with ten minutes to go. Liu Chun-Yi dragged Taiwan as close as 12 points but Asami Yoshida replied with a trey and Japan eased to the win at the end. Al Mitani knocked down 16 points for Japan. Yuko Oga tallied 10 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the winning case. Cheng Hui-Yun (186-F/C-77) responded with 17 points for Taiwan. Liu Chun-Yi had 9 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.


Semifinals: China and South Korea advanced to the Big Final  - Sep. 23, 2009 
Semifinals
South Korea - Japan 101-57
South Korea advanced to the big final after the victory over Japan in the semifinal game. The favorites produced an easy 101:57 victory and will face China tomorrow. South Korea after the first loss from China last night was too good and is ready for the revenge. The team created a 7-0 from the start and allowed the opponents to score only 5 points in the quarter. South Korea looked too good and took 30:5 after the first quarter when Young Suk Kang made a jump shot. In the second quarter the favorites kept the score for good and increased to 48:20 at the halftime. Yoshie Sakurada sent the teams to the lockers for such an advantage of the South Korean team. Another 30-20 in the third frame gave them 78:40 entering the last frame. The task for the last period was to reach three digit and South Korea made it in the very end. Eun Joo Ha gave her team 101:55, while Kumiko Yamada brought the final 101:57 on the board. Kim Kwe Ryong (193-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Jung Eun Kim nailed 14, while Yeon Ha Beon and Jung Eun Park posted 12 each. Kumiko Yamada ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, whilst Yoshie Sakurada notched 8. Tomorrow South Korea will face China in the Final of Asian Championship.

China - Taiwan 70-59
China celebrated another victory to reach the Final of the Asian Championship. The team beat Taiwan 70:59 for the big final tomorrow against South Korea. China opened the game with Lan Bian's shot and then Xiaoli Chen gave her team 4:0. Lan Bian scored for 18:7 and Xiaoli Chen brought 25:15. Dan Liu closed the first period for 27:17 in the end of the first ten minutes. Yi-Hung Ma brought Taiwan 36:25, while Chi-Wen Lin reduced to 38:31. Taiwan played too good at that time and cut it to 38:37 when Chi-Wen Lin made the last shot for her team in the half. Hongpin Huang however sent the teams to the lockers for 40:37. In the third quarter China needed more attention to defense to limit the opponents to 8 points. China had 56:45 when Lan Bian closed the quarter. Yi-Hung Ma scored for 58:50 and Dan Liu gave her team 64:51. She also was the last to score for the winners as they advanced to the big final. Xiaoli Chen and Dan Liu top-scored for the winners with 12 points each. Lan Bian and Nan Chen notched 10 points apiece for the favorites. Cheng Hui-Yun (186-F/C-77) finished the night with 11 points in defeat, while Wan-Ting Li and Yi-Hung Ma had 10 each.

5-6 spot
Thailand - Lebanon 58-83
Lebanon ensured the Level I birth for the next Asian Championship in style. They cruised past Thailand in the playoff game tonight to advance to the top Level. Thailand in the meantime slipped to Level II. Chantelle Anderson had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead Lebanon to the crucial win. Thailand led 12:6 midway through the opening frame but could not maintained the advantage and lost the first quarter 21:22. Nisrin Dandan and Nasr Chada (83) quickly ensured a double-digit lead for Lebanon in the second quarter. They rallied to a comfortable 47:32 buffer at halftime. Charothai Suksomwong and Naruemol Banmoo trimmed the deficit at 9 points early in the third quarter but Lebanon responded quickly. They restored a safe distance and entered the final term up by 14 points. Thailand got as close as 8 points early in the fourth period however Nasr Chada fired from downtown and then followed with a jumper to kill the intrigue. Nasr Chada had 23 points and 9 assists for Lebanon. Nisrin Dandan produced 15 points in the winning effort. Charothai Suksomwong knocked down 21 points for Thailand. Juthamas Jantakan and Naruemol Banmoo delivered 13 points each in the loss.

India - Malaysia 90-74
India grabbed the crucial win at the Asian Championship in Chennai. They outscored Malaysia to remain in Level I group of teams for the next edition of the championship. Harjeet Kaur (88) exploded with 31 points and 16 boards to propel the hosts to the important win. Yann Yann Pee opened the game with a three-pointer. But India went on a 10:0 run early in the starting frame to earn the lead. They maintained it throughout the period and built a 24:16 advantage into the second stanza. The home team stretched the gap to 12 points midway through the second frame but Malaysia found the way to respond. They capped the half with a 10:3 run to trail by just 2 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza as India stayed in charge. Geethu Anna Jose and Harjeet Kaur knocked down a pair of jumpers late in the frame as India enjoyed a 69:60 advantage at the final break. Beng Fong Goh tipped off the final stanza with a jumper but India responded with 11 consecutive points to clear off for good in this one. Geethu Anna Jose had 21 points, 11 boards and 4 assists for India. Raspreet Sidhu produced 11 points and 6 boards in the win. Beng Fong Goh replied with 16 points for Malaysia. Yann Yann Pee netted 15 points in the loss.


KOR/CHN - YET ANOTHER CHINA-KOREA FINAL - Sep. 23, 2009 
Thursdays schedule
(All timing IST GMT+5:30)

1400 Hrs: Japan vs Chinese Taipei
1600 Hrs: Korea vs China

CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Defending champions Korea and last editions silver medalists China will clash for the gold medal in the FIBA Asia Women Championship for the third straight time after the two scored comfortable win although the margin of victory might look deceptively otherwise in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Korea dominated the proceedings completely before blowing away Japan 101-57 and China played hide-and-seek with Chinese Taipei before winning 70-59 to notch their 100th triumph in FIBA Asia Women Championships.
Thursdays clash for the gold medal between the two East Asian giants who represented FIBA Asia in the Beijing Olympics will be the 15th time overall third straight time the two meet in the final.
China have an 8-6 advantage in the gold medal games against Korea although the latter enjoy a 13-12 edge in the overall head-to-head.
Korea playing their third successive final and 21st overall seek to retain the gold they won at home two years ago, along with bagging it a record 13th time.
China, who play their sixth straight final 16th overall aim for their 10th gold.
Korea 101 bt Japan 57
Beon Yeonha began the scoring for the game with a trademark three-pointer and Korea scored the first seven points of the game.
Beon Yeonha scored 10 of her 12 points for the game in the first quarter at the end of which Korea led by a staggering 33-5.
Kim Kwe Ryong (193-C-79) scored nine of her game-high 19 and Jung Sunmin fired six points in the opening quarter.
Korea never looked back from there, and all three were sparingly used after that.
Kim Jungeun came into her own scoring 14 points and Park Jungeun added another doezen.
Giant centre Ha Eunjoo was fielded for only seven minutes in the game that too in the fourth quarter but the 202 cm former WNBA player shot a 4/5 on the field.
Its nice to beat a good team. Especially in a semifinal game at this level, said Korea coach Lim Dal Shik.

IND / LIB India remain in elite level; Lebanon earn promotion - Sep. 23, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship): India and Lebanon scored dominating victories in the Level I play-offs on Wednesday.
India gave their tallest player Harjeet Kaur the longest game-time in the Championship and defeated Malaysia 90-74 to retain their place in Level I.
Seasoned campaigner Nisrin Nisrin Dandan (172-G-77)s solid second quarter display had earlier steered Lebanon towards a comfortable 83-58 win over Thailand, and the promotion to play in Level I in the next edition.
Malaysia, who were relegated to Level II after losing to India in the play-off in the last edition, will have to wait for another two years to take a shot regaining their position in Level I.
And Thailand will play the Level II for the first time after 1995.
Lebanon took their time to settle down, but grew in strength and confidence as the game progressed.
Nisrin Dandan, the only member of the Lebanese womens team when they last played in the FIBA Asia Women Championship in 2001 in the Thai capital, sparked the Lebanese march.
The 32-year-old Antranik guard scored nine of her games 15 points in the second quarter and effected one steal as Lebanon found the missing link in their offense chain.
The girls had put themselves under tremendous pressure about this game and very nervous at the start. Nisrins presence and experience helped us calm the nerves, said Lebanon coach Elie Nasr.
The last time I was a part of the team things didnt really end happy. But this time around we had a great team. And if my contribution was to going to count, it had to be in this game, Nisrin Dandan said.
Nasr Chada (83) and Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt) took over in the second half and Lebanons control on the proceedings and the scoreboard increased with every move.
American Anderson poured in 15 of her game-high 24 points and completed another double-double also grabbing 13 rebounds.
Nasr Chada who effected eight of her nine assists for the game in the first half stepped up her scoring and returned 23 points 16 of them in the second half.
This is what we came for, Nasr Chada said.
But this is only the beginning. We hope the interest for womens basketball in Lebanon grows, she added.
Its like this, said Elie Nasr.
The federation invested in this team and gave us an opportunity to play here. We are grateful for that, but more importantly we have given them enough reasons to invest more in Lebanese womens basketball, the coach added.
Charothai Sukomwong was the highest scorer for Thailand with 21 points.
India owed their success to a change in their game-plan coming to age of Harjeet Kaur.
Harjeet had averaged 13 minutes per game in Indias five previous outings, but fielded her for 30:51 today.
And the 190-cm forward justified the faith reposed in her by returning a game-high 31 points, much higher than the 2.8PPG she carried into the game.
The 21-year-old also collected 16 rebounds another game-high again much higher than the 3RPG she had earlier.
Geethu Anna Joses 21 points and 11 rebounds thus found some unprecedented support.
It was a part of our game plan to use our height advantage, said India coach JP Singh about using Harjeet for the long period of time.
Our coach told us this morning we have one bullet left. We can either use it well or die in the battle. Just that things worked well for us, said Harjeet.
I think motivation was the key factor for us today, said JP Singh.
True we had lost all the games in Level I, but if we had lost today, we would have had to wait for another four years to play in the top level. And I think all the girls were aware of that, he added.
Malaysia were caught by surprise by Harjeets extended presence on the court, but more importantly their three-pointer percentage suffered.
We didnt expect Harjeet to play that long at all. We had made our plans for Geethu and Kiranjeet Kaur. But this was a surprise, Malaysia coach Tan See Wah said.
In a way we have helped India realize Harjeets potential, he chuckled.
Goh Beng Fong was the highest scorer for Malaysia with 15 points and Pee Yann Yann contributed 14.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


Day 5 in Chennai  - Sep. 22, 2009 
Group A
China - South Korea 75-72
The game between China and Korea was expected more than any other game as two favorites clashed in the last game of the top group in Asian Championship in India. China won the thriller 75:72 to remain undefeated and won the group. The beginning of the game as well as the first half was very tough for both squads. Korea and China stayed together and were tied at the end of each quarter of the first half. Yeon Ha Beon tied the game at 34:34 to send the teams to the lockers. In the third period Korea started to play better and took the lead from the beginning until the end. Yeon Ha Beon made it 39:36, while Jung Eun Kim scored for 45:38. Jung Eun Kim made the biggest lead at plus 10, for 57:47, but the latter could not keep the score for good. Zengyu Ma closed the third period at 55:57, but then China was too good in defense in the last stanza. Nan Chen (197-C-83) gave the winners 62:59 and later China triumphed with 75:72 victory. Xiaoli Chen and Nan Chen paced all the winners with 17 points each. Lijie Miao notched 14, whilst Lan Bian scored 11. Yeon Ha Beon ended up with 23 points for Korea as they finished with 4-1 record on the second spot. Jung Eun Kim had 17, while Sun Min Jung posted 12. In 2007 Korea triumphed at home over China in the Final game of Asia Championship for Women. In the Final game the hosts of the tournament overcame China 79:73. Jung Sun Min led the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) ended up with 15, while Ha finished with 14. Ma Zheng Yu top-scored for China with 19 points. Korea revenged for the last Championship when China celebrated 73:67 win at home.

Taiwan - Thailand 76-66
Taiwan outscored Thailand in the decisive battle in Group A of the Asian Championship tonight. The win allowed Taiwan to reach the semifinal stage in Chennai. Liu Chun-Yi fired 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Taiwan. Taiwan jumped in front right from the start to the game. They kept their opponents behind throughout the first stanza and enjoyed a 23:18 advantage at the first break. But Thailand used a 7:0 run midway through the second frame to spur in front. The teams exchanged the blows late in the half and went into the locker rooms tied at 31. Taiwan regained the advantage in the third stanza. Liu Chun-Yi and Ma Yi Hung gave the team an 11-point buffer late in the period. Taiwan were up by 8 points heading into the fourth quarter. Thailand could not get any closer in the final frame. Taiwan kept their opponents at bay and drove to a crucial win at the end. Lan Jui-Yu (170-G-83) knocked down 11 points for Taiwan. Lin Hui-Mei and Ma Yi Hung added 8 points each. Juthamas Jantakan tallied game-high 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 steals for Thailand. Penphan Yothanan produced 13 points and 10 boards in the loss.

India - Japan 58-108
Japan advanced to the Semifinals of the Asian Championship finishing top group with 3-2 record. In the last game of the round the team overcame India 108:58. It was not that sweet in the beginning of the game for the favorites that took only 21:20 after the opening quarter. India failed in the second frame when they lost 11-34. Akiko Obata gave Japan 55:31 at the halftime. In the third period the favorites continued to ruin Indian defense and had 78:41 midday through the period when Kumiko Yamada made a jump shot. Kumiko Yamada closed the third frame at 84:44 and the task for the last one was to reach three digits. Noriko Koiso made a free throw with less than 4 minutes in the game for 100:52. India scored 14 points in the frame to finish with 58. Al Mitani and Geethu Anna Jose made the final baskets for the final score. Yoshie Sakurada (170-G/F-84) top-scored for the winners with 26 points. Al Mitani nailed 20, while Maki Takada and Kumiko Yamada netted 15 each. Geethu Anna Jose ended up with 30 points in defeat, while Raspreet Sidhu added 10. India finished with 0-5 record and will face now Malaysia in the play-offs.

Group B
Philippines - Sri Lanka 70-55
Philippines beat Sri Lanka in their last game of the group to finish with 3-2 record. The team remained Sri Lanka winless after 70:55 in Day 5. Inoka Sandamali Juwan Pedige gave her team the first lead from the perimeter, while Gallappaththiguruge increased the run to 5:0. Merenciana Arayi tied the game at 5:5 and Gallappaththiguruge brought the lead back to Sri Lanka from the free throw line. Premila M. Fernando Beruwalage delivered another points for 16:11 and she closed the opening quarter 20:15. In the second quarter however Sri Lanka scored only three points and trailed 26:23 at the halftime. Philippines found its game and dominated the court. they produced 24-10 in the third period for a comfortable lead. In the last frame Sri lanka was better 22-20, but that was not enough for the total success. Philippines deserved the victory more and took it at the end anyway. Sri Lanka tried hard for the only win, but failed again. Merenciana Arayi top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Chovi Borja (85) netted 10, while Diana Rose Jose scored 7. Premila M. Fernando Beruwalage and Inoka Sandamali Juwan Pedige posted 12 points each in defeat.

Kazakhstan - Lebanon 58-83
Lebanon made it to the playoffs at the Asian Championship in India. They held off Kazakhstan in the decisive encounter in Group B. Chantelle Anderson came up with 23 points and 13 boards to pace Lebanon to the vital win. Lebanon and Malaysia will play at the playoff stage for the chance to enter Level I. Sedova accounted for the first points of the game but Lebanon quickly gained the lead. Nasr Chada and Chantelle Anderson helped Lebanon to a 25:12 advantage at the first break. Lebanon opened the second period with an 11:0 run to boost the margin. They maintained the margin throughout the reminder of the half and ensured a 24-point halftime advantage. Kazakhstan could not pick up the slack in the second half. Lebanon dominated and built a 69:40 lead at the final pause. Kazakhstan outscored their opponents in the fourth stanza but it was too late to save the game. Nayla Alameddine (175-F-82) scored 18 points and issued 6 assists for Lebanon. Nasr Chada and Sandra Najem added 13 points each for the winners. Natalya Kuzmicheva responded with 15 points and 9 boards for Kazakhstan. Nadezhda Kondrakova delivered 14 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Uzbekistan - Malaysia 77-78
Malaysia earned the fourth win at the Asian Championship in Chennai. They eked out a tough victory against Uzbekistan to climb on top of Group B at 4-1 record. Uzbekistan suffered the fourth loss in five games and slipped at the fourth position. The game turned into a roller coaster as the teams traded baskets with the lead changing for numerous times. Dmitriyeva opened the score and Uzbekistan maintained the lead throughout the starting frame. They built a 21:18 advantage after ten minutes. Kashuba and Yelena Khusnitdinova quickly stretched the margin at 10 points early in the second quarter. But Malaysia capped the first half with a 19:3 rally to enjoy a 40:34 halftime lead. Uzbekistan answered in the third frame. They accounted for 16 unanswered points midway through the stanza to restore the lead. They cruised to a 62:51 cushion with one quarter remaining. Yelena Khusnitdinova and Krasovskaya stretched the margin at 15 points midway through the fourth term and seemed the win would not slip away from Uzbekistan. But Malaysia had their own thoughts about it. They unleashed a determined comeback rally to grab a 4-point lead with 23 seconds left. Dmitriyeva cut the distance but Uzbekistan could not come any closer and had to give up. Suik May Kew (172-F-82) knocked down 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Malaysia. Shin Min Yong added 13 points, while Yann Yann P


Day 5 Level 1 Round-Up - China take on Taipei; Korea meet Japan - Sep. 22, 2009 
Wednesdays schedule
(All time IST GMT+5:30)

Level 1 Play-Offs
13:00 Hrs: Thailand vs Lebanon
15:00 Hrs: India vs Malaysia

Semifinals
17:00 Hrs: Korea vs Japan
19:00 Hrs: China vs Chinese Taipei

CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Last editions semifinalists China set up a semifinal clash with Chinese Taipei after beating defending champions Korea 75-72 in a humdinger on Wednesday.
The other semifinal will feature Korea against 2007 FIBA Asia Women Championship bronze medallists Japan.
Japan, earlier, scored a confidence-boosting 108-58 win over hosts India and Chinese Taipei overcame a feisty Thailand 76-66.
Chinas win tonight, which helped them maintain their unbeaten record in the Championship and top Level I, also ended Koreas unbeaten streak in the Championship.
Korea lost a game in the Championship after 11 consecutive wins, including a 7-0 run which took them to the gold medal two year ago at Incheon.
Beon Yeonha scored a game-high 23 points, but her three-pointer attempt with Korea trailing 72-73 and about 40 seconds left, bounced off the rim.
At the other end, Miao Lijie earned a foul on her and converted both the free-throws and China pushed ahead further.
Off the return play-in, Kim Jungeun tried the closest of the three-pointers but her attempt too rebounded out.
Kim Jungeun had earlier scored 17 points in the game.
Miao Lijie played at her best in the Championship and scored 14 points, but the honour of leading Chinas scoring was shared by Chen Xiaoli and Chen Nan with 17 points each.
Both contributed even in rebounds Chen Nan with a game-high 10 boards and Chen Xiaoli eight rebounds.
Those two contributions proved more crucial than points as China won the battle of boards 33-16.
It was a game that demanded the best from both. Luckily for us, they fumbled at the end, said China coach Sun Fengwu.
I think those two misses made all the difference, said Korea coach Lim Dal Shik.
Japans coach Fumikazu Nakagawa asserted that the big margin of victory acted a boost to their confidence.
Any win is good and if it comes with a little fight its even better, said Japan coach Fumikazu Nakagawa.
From now, its a matter of one win to reach our target (of qualifying for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women), but we need to achieve that win, he added.
It is in that direction such wins help, Nakagawa said.
Yoshie Sakurada sat out the entire first quarter and did not score at all in the fourth, yet led the scoring for the game with 26 points, in an incredible 75% field record (9/12), including a 5/7 in three-pointers..
Ai Mitani too had a field day (7/11) with a superb 6/7 in three-pointers for her 20 points.
A 13-0 run early in the second quarter opened up the game for Japan.
Sakurada fired two three-pointers interspersed with a three-point play, Kumiko Yamada scored twice on the paint and Noriko Kosio converted two free-throws as Japan left India well behind.
Kiranjeet Kaur converted a defensive rebound to end the barren run for India, but Japan were back in action with a 10-0 run this time.
Kosio took the lead this time with five points, a trademark drive in the lane marking her showing and the 2007 FIBA Asia Women Championship bronze medalists were well on their way.
Anitha Pauldurais success on the paint and Raspreet Sidhus saved India the blushes as Mitani fired in two three-pointers and Japan had nothing to worry heading into the changing rooms 55-31 ahead.
Japan played for time in the entire second half.
Geethu Anna Joses tryst with game-highs continued a 12/20 field record marking her 30 points as did her fate to end up on the losing side.
Chinese Taipei played the Catch me if you can to almost perfection and Thailand fell short of catching Taipei.
Taipei, a semifinalist at the last edition at Incheon ensured there was no dent in the East Asian monopoly of the last four, winning the game 76-66.
It was a lot tougher than what we expected, said Chinese Taipei coach Lin Hung Ling-Yao.
We also had to preserve the players for the semifinals, she added.
Our preparations coming into the championship, especially in terms of the conditioning of the players is not great, Lin Hung said.
There was no point in outstretching ourselves, she added.
Taipei broke away from the equally sparring Thais early in the second half and never looked back.
Lin Hung used 11 of her players and 10 of them scored.
Liu Chun-yi led the scoring with 16 points, and seven rebounds.
Lan Jui-yu scored 11, nine of them in the second half, as the others shared the task of scoring equally.
Juthamas Jantakan scored a game-high 22 points, and collected seven rebounds, for Thailand but unfortunately in a losing cause.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


CHN/KOR China keep Korea at bay, top Level I - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Defending champions Korea and last editions silver medalists China fought a protracted battle before the former squandered two long-rangers from otherwise steady performers at that in the dying moments to go down 72-75 in the final Level I game on Tuesday.
China, thus maintained their unbeaten record in the Championship, and topped Level I.
Korea lost a game in the Championship after 11 consecutive wins, including a 7-0 run which took them to the gold medal two year ago at Incheon.
Beon Yeonha scored a game-high 23 points, but her three-pointer attempt with Korea trailing 72-73 and about 40 seconds left, bounced off the rim.
At the other end, LiJie Miao (180-G-81) earned a foul on her and converted both the free-throws and China pushed ahead further.
Off the return play-in, Kim Jungeun tried the closest of the three-pointers but her attempt too rebounded out.
Kim Jungeun had earlier scored 17 points in the game.
The Korean challenge thus met with a losing end.
LiJie Miao played at her best in the Championship and scored 14 points, but the honour of leading Chinas scoring was shared by Chen Xiaoli and Chen Nan with 17 points each.
Both contributed even in rebounds Chen Nan with a game-high 10 boards and Chen Xiaoli eight rebounds.
Those two contributions proved more crucial than points as China won the battle of boards 33-16.
It was a game that demanded the best from both. Luckily for us, they fumbled at the end, said China coach Sun Fengwu.
I think those two misses made all the difference, said Korea coach Lim Dal Shik.
FIBA Asia


JAP/IND - CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING WIN FOR JAPAN  - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Japan scored a confidence-boosting 108-58 win over hosts India in their final Level I game on Tuesday.
Japan thus finished third in Level I with a 3-2 record and will play against the second-placed team the losers of the Korea-China game later tonight.
India yet to win a game here, after five outings, head into a clash against Malaysia in the play-offs.
Any win is good and if it comes with a little fight its even better, said Japan coach Fumikazu Nakagawa.
From now, its a matter of one win to reach our target (of qualifying for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women), but we need to achieve that win, he added.
It is in that direction such wins help, Nakagawa said.
Yoshie Sakurada (170-G/F-84) sat out the entire first quarter and did not score at all in the fourth, yet led the scoring for the game with 26 points, in an incredible 75% field record (9/12), including a 5/7 in three-pointers..
Ai Mitani too had a field day (7/11) with a superb 6/7 in three-pointers for her 20 points.
A 13-0 run early in the second quarter opened up the game for Japan.
Sakurada fired two three-pointers interspersed with a three-point play, Kumiko Yamada scored twice on the paint and Noriko Kosio converted two free-throws as Japan left India well behind.
Kiranjeet Kaur converted a defensive rebound to end the barren run for India, but Japan were back in action with a 10-0 run this time.
Kosio took the lead this time with five points, a trademark drive in the lane marking her showing and the 2007 FIBA Asia Women Championship bronze medalists were well on their way.
Anitha Pauldurais success on the paint and Raspreet Sidhus saved India the blushes as Mitani fired in two three-pointers and Japan had nothing to worry heading into the changing rooms 55-31 ahead.
Japan were playing for time in the entire second half.
Geethu Anna Joses tryst with game-highs continued a 12/20 field record marking her 30 points as did her fate to end up on the losing side.
FIBA Asia


TPE/THA Clinical Taipei enter semifinals - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Chinese Taipei played the Catch me if you can to almost perfection and Thailand fell short of catching Taipei in the crucial junctures of the pivotal Level I game on Tuesday.
Taipei, a semifinalist at the last edition at Incheon ensured there was no dent in the East Asian monopoly of the last four, winning the game 76-66.
It was a lot tougher than what we expected, said Chinese Taipei coach Lin Hung Ling-Yao.
We also had to preserve the players for the semifinals, she added.
Our preparations coming into the championship, especially in terms of the conditioning of the players is not great, Lin Hung said.
There was no point in outstretching ourselves, she added.
Taipei broke away from the equally sparring Thais early in the second half and never looked back.
Lin Hung used 11 of her players and 10 of them scored.
Liu Chun-yi led the scoring with 16 points, and seven rebounds.
Lan Jui-yu scored 11, nine of them in the second half, as the others shared the task of scoring equally.
Juthamas Jantakan (174-G-85) scored a game-high 22 points, and collected seven rebounds, for Thailand but unfortunately in a losing cause.
In the semifinals on Wednedsay, Chinese Taipei will play against the Level I toppers, which will be known after the China-Korea game tonight.
FIBA Asia


Day 5 Level 2 Round-Up - Malaysia, Lebanon make play-off - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Malaysia and Lebanon booked their place in the Level I play-off with eye-catching, albeit for different reasons, wins to round off their Level II campaigns on Tuesday.
Malaysia played an incredible final five minutes outscoring Uzbekistan 24-7 and eked out a 78-77 win.
Lebanon also defeated a Middle Asian nation team but dominated Kazakhstan throughout before winning 83-58.
Philippines completed the Middle Asian rout beating Sri Lanka 70-55.
Malaysia, now will take on the sixth placed team from Level I in all probability India, a team they lost to in the play-off in the last edition.
We have our plans ready, Malaysia coach Tan See Wah said.
Obviously it will revolve around stopping Geethu (Anna Jose) and we are ready to play her, he added.
The girls have showed a lot of spirit in winning a couple of very good games, including today. Now we need to continue that for one more game, he said.
Against Uzbekistan, down 54-70 midway through the fourth quarter, Kew Suik-may fired in a three-pointer to kick start Malaysias resurgence.
The 26-year-old went on to score four more points during the rest of the game and topped the scoring for Malaysia with 18 points.
Yong Shin-min scored 13 for the game six of them in the final five minutes and Goh Beng Fong scored all her seven during this time.
Pee Yann Yann had five of 11 as Uzbekistan were left gasping.
Irinina Polunina topped the game in scoring with 19 points, but none in the dying moments and only two in free-throws at that of Yelena Khusnitdinovas 18 came in the closing moments.
Uzbekistan, thus finished 1-4 and took the fifth place.
American Chantelle Anderson, naturalized recently, led the Lebanese barrage against Kazakhstan.
The former WNBA player scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the opening quarter as the Elie Nasr maintained a firm control of the proceedings right from the word go never to give it up.
Anderson went on to return a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds both game-highs.
Chirine El Charif (185-F-84) grabbed a dozen rebounds and points each
Chada Nasr was as crafty as ever in making the plays and scoring as well.
The Antranik star had a game-high five assists to go with her five rebounds and 13 points.
Sandra Najem too had 13 points.
The team is coming along very well, said Elie Nasr.
We have definitely improved from the first game. But I think we are beginning to play the way we should. The last two games especially have been very satisfying, he added.
Nataliya Kuzmicheva continued her good work for Kazakhstan and led their scoring with 15 points.
Nadezhda Kondrakova contributed 14 points.
Kazakhstan finished third in Level II.
Merenciana Arayis game-high 23 points and Cassandra Tiescos 11 rebounds were the significant factors in the Filipino victory.
Philippines thus finished fourth.
Sri Lanka who had finished 12th in the Incheon edition of the Championship two years ago remained in that position.
Premila Beruwalage and Inoka Juwan Pedige led the scoring for Sri Lanka with 12 points each.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


TPE/THA Clinical Taipei enter semifinals - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Chinese Taipei played the Catch me if you can to almost perfection and Thailand fell short of catching Taipei in the crucial junctures of the pivotal Level I game on Tuesday.
Taipei, a semifinalist at the last edition at Incheon ensured there was no dent in the East Asian monopoly of the last four, winning the game 76-66.
It was a lot tougher than what we expected, said Chinese Taipei coach Lin Hung Ling-Yao.
We also had to preserve the players for the semifinals, she added.
Our preparations coming into the championship, especially in terms of the conditioning of the players is not great, Lin Hung said.
There was no point in outstretching ourselves, she added.
Taipei broke away from the equally sparring Thais early in the second half and never looked back.
Lin Hung used 11 of her players and 10 of them scored.
Liu Chun-yi led the scoring with 16 points, and seven rebounds.
Lan Jui-yu scored 11, nine of them in the second half, as the others shared the task of scoring equally.
Juthamas Jantakan scored a game-high 22 points, and collected seven rebounds, for Thailand but unfortunately in a losing cause.
In the semifinals on Wednedsay, Chinese Taipei will play against the Level I toppers, which will be known after the China-Korea game tonight.
IBA Asia


KAZ/LIB - LEBANON MAKE PLAY-OFF IN STYLE  - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - West Asian hopefuls Lebanon made the Level I play-off in style with a resounding 83-58 win against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Lebanon thus tied with Malaysia on top of Level II with a 4-1 win-loss record, but finished second due to their loss to Malaysia.
On Wednesday, Lebanon will play the fifth placed team of Level I.
American Chantelle Anderson, naturalized recently, led the Lebanese barrage against Kazakhstan.
The former WNBA player scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the opening quarter as the Elie Nasr maintained a firm control of the proceedings right from the word go never to give it up.
Anderson went on to return a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds both game-highs.
Chirine El Charif grabbed a dozen rebounds and points each
Nasr Chada (83) was as crafty as ever in making the plays and scoring as well.
The Antranik star had a game-high five assists to go with her five rebounds and 13 points.
Sandra Najem (165-G-88) too had 13 points.
The team is coming along very well, said Elie Nasr.
We have definitely improved from the first game. But I think we are beginning to play the way we should. The last two games especially have been very satisfying, he added.
Nataliya Kuzmicheva continued her good work for Kazakhstan and led their scoring with 15 points.
Nadezhda Kondrakova contributed 14 points.


PHI/SRI - PHILIPPINES ROUND OFF WITH A WIN - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Philippines handed Sri Lanka a 70-55 defeat and wound up their campaign in the Championship with a 3-2 record.
Merenciana Arayis game-high 23 points and Cassandra Tiescos 11 rebounds were the significant factors in the Filipino victory.
Philippines thus finished fourth in Level II with an ironic victory over Level II toppers Malaysia.
Sri Lanka who had finished 12th in the Incheon edition of the Championship two years ago remained in that position.
Premila Beruwalage and Inoka Juwan Pedige led the scoring for Sri Lanka with 12 points each.
FIBA Asia


UZB/MAS - DYING MOMENTS RALLY TAKES MALAYSIA TO TOP LEVEL 2 - Sep. 22, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Malaysia controlled the last five minutes of the game well and eked out a 78-77 win over Uzbekistan on Tuesday.
Malaysia, relegated from Level I in the last edition, thus head into the Level I play-offs with a 4-1 win-loss record.
Malaysia also top the Level II the winners of the Kazakhstan-Lebanon will also gain a 4-1 record, but Malaysia will edge either of them out thanks to the head-to-head win and will play the sixth placed team from Level I India in all probability.
Malaysia fought from the brink with an incredible 24-7 advantage in the final five minutes seeing through in their final Level II outing.
Down 54-70 midway through the fourth quarter, Kew Suik-may fired in a three-pointer to kick start Malaysias resurgence.
The 26-year-old went on to score four more points during the rest of the game and topped the scoring for Malaysia with 18 points.
Yong Shin-min scored 13 for the game six of them in the final five minutes and Goh Beng Fong scored all her seven during this time.
Pee Yann Yann had five of 11 as Uzbekistan were left gasping.
Irinina Polunina topped the game in scoring with 19 points, but none in the dying moments and only two in free-throws at that of Yelena Khusnitdinovas 18 came in the closing moments.
Uzbekistan, thus finished 1-4.
FIBA Asia


Day 4 in Chennai  - Sep. 21, 2009 
Group A
South Korea - Japan 82-68
South Korea remained undefeated at the Asian Championship for Women held in Chennai these days. They defeated Japan in the fourth round of action. Park Jung Eun scored 17 points to pace Korea as they secured the top spot in Group A ladder. Japan slipped at 2-2 record in the third position. The teams kept it close in the starting moments but soon Japan took over. They went on a 16:2 run to earn an 11-point lead. Sun Min-Jung capped the deficit at 9 points at the first break. Yashiro and Koiso helped the Japanese team to a 15-point advantage midway through the second frame. But South Korea gradually came back to life and cut the distance at 7 points after twenty minutes. South Korea changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the third stanza. They kept Japan scoreless for almost four minutes at the start of the quarter. It was just enough for Korea to earn a 5-point lead. Park Jung Eun and Mi Sun Lee gave the team a 61:50 cushion with one quarter remaining. South Korea maintained the advantage wisely throughout the fourth term and posted a confident win at the end. Kim Kwe Ryong (193-C-79) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Korea. Kim Jung-Eun delivered 15 points in the win. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Japan. Yoshie Sakurada and Kumiko Yamada fired 13 points each in the losing effort.

Thailand - India 78-67
Thailand posted the initial win at the Asian Championship for Women. They toppled hosting India to climb at 1-3 record in Group A. India suffered the fourth straight defeat to stay at the bottom of the standings. Juthamas Jantakan stepped up with 20 points to lead Thailand. Thailand led throughout the starting frame but could not gain a decisive advantage. They finished the opening quarter up by just 3 points 22:19. Juthamas Jantakan and Saechua boosted the gap to 8 points midway through the second period. Thailand stayed in charge and completed the first half up by 7 points 39:32. Yothanan opened up a double-digit advantage for the visitors in the third quarter 51:39. However India kept the intrigue alive. They cut the distance to 7 points with ten minutes to go. Prashanti Singh dragged the hosts within 4 early in the fourth stanza. But Thailand responded with a 9:1 run to take some breathing space. Juthathip Mathuros ensured a 16-point lead for Thailand with under 5 minutes remaining. The visitors never turned back as they rolled the first win at the tournament. Juthathip Mathuros and Charothai Suksomwong (169-F-84) knocked down 16 points apiece for Thailand. Banmoo contributed 10 points in the winning effort. Geethu Anna Jose had 23 points and 10 rebounds for India. Prashanti Singh netted 16 points in the losing case.

China - Taiwan 82-54
China jumped to 4-0 record in Level I group after the victory over Taiwan at the Asian Championship. The Chinese team registered 82:54 win on the last game of Day 4. Chinese Taipei looked great in the opening period and upset China 17:15 at the end of the first quarter when Jui-Yu Lan made a jump shot from the perimeter. The team were tied at 17:17 and 22:22, but then the favorites took the control. Dan Liu scored for 32:26, while Fan Zhang sent the teams to the lockers for 37:30. Nan Chen opened the third quarter for 39:30 and Hui-Yun Cheng later made 48:36. Ma Zengyu (83) closed a 6-0 run made by her team as China grabbed 56:38. Dan Liu brought her team 60:41 at the end of thirty minutes. China did not slow down at the end and produced 22-13 in the last quarter. Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) nailed a three in the end of the game as China jumped to 4-0 record in Level I. Ma Zengyu top-scored for the winners with 13 points for 4-0 record. Chen Xiaoli and Nan Chen followed her with 12 points apiece. Jui-Yu Lan top-scored for Taiwan with 22 points and Chun-Yi Liu had 14.

Group B
Lebanon - Philippines 78-54
Lebanon celebrated the third win in Asian Women Championship. They held off Philippines today. The team improved to 3-1 for the higher places in the lower group after 78:54 win. Chantelle Anderson gave her team the first lead, while Chovi Borja responded for 2:2. Merenciana Arayi tasted the lead with her team at 8:7, while Nasr Chada closed the opening quarter at 18:13. Lebanon pushed the tempo for good in the second quarter when they won 20-11. It gave them 38:24 advantage at the halftime. Nayla Alameddine brought 40:24 on the board, while Nasr Chada scored for 48:31. Cassandra Tioseco made the basket for 52:33 and Nayla Alameddine led the way for 57:33. Nasr Chada closed the third period at 60:35, while Cassandra Tioseco opened the last frame from the perimeter. Philippines managed to win the last stanza 19-18 but that was not enough for the total success. Line Reda brought her team the final points as Lebanon edged Philippines for the third victory. Nasr Chada and Nayla Alameddine top-scored for the winners with 16 points apiece. Chantelle Anderson followed them with 15 points. Chovi Borja top-scored in defeat with 21 points as Philippines are 2-2 in the group. Cassandra Tioseco and Diana Rose Jose brought 11 points each in the losing effort.

Malaysia - Sri Lanka 81-45
Malaysia improved at 3-1 record in Group B of the Asian Championship. They toppled Sri Lanka today to get closer to the playoffs. Sri Lanka in the meantime suffered the fourth straight defeat. Sri Lanka got to a surprising start to the game. They earned an 8:2 lead at the start of the game. Premila Beruwalage kept Sri Lanka in charge as they posted a 16:14 advantage after ten minutes of action. Malaysia managed to climb on top just late in the second frame. Chai Ling Thoh accounted for a jumper giving the team a 25:24 advantage. Malaysia ensured a 30:28 lead at halftime. Malaysia opened the second half with an 18:4 rally to clear off to a safe distance. They grabbed an 18-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Malaysia coasted in the fourth period giving no chance for Sri Lanka at the end. Siew Teng Ang (174-87) knocked down 19 points for Malaysia. Beng Fong Goh added 11 points, while Suik May Kew contributed 10 points in the winning effort. Premila Beruwalage nailed 15 points for Sri Lanka. Inoka JUWAN Pedige had 13 points in defeat.

Uzbekistan - Kazakhstan 70-75
Kazakhstan improved to 3-1 in the lower group of Asian Championship. The team won a thriller against Uzbekistan 75:70 as the latter fell at 1-3. Lyudmila Sedova opened the game with a jump shot while Nadejda Dmitriyeva brought the first points for her team from the free throw line. Alla Krasovskaya tasted 3:2 lead with Uzbekistan and later Kazakhstan dominated the first quarter. Nadejda Dmitriyeva however closed the period at 21:19. In the second frame the team from Kazakhstan produced 22-15 to take 9-point deficit entering the first half. Oxana Ivanova sent the teams to the lockers for 43:34. The winners were much better in the third period as well and increased the lead to 19 points when Yelena Dots made it 59:40. Nadezhda Kondrakova scored even for 61:40, but Uzbekistan was too far to give up. The latter reduced to 14 points when Alla Krasovskaya made it 62:48 after three periods. Kazakhstan could not score in the first three minutes of the last period as Yuliya Kashuba cut it to 56:62. Moreover Yuliya Tatarinova tied the game at 69:69, but Uzbekistan could not win the game. Natalya Kuzmicheva (192-F/C-76) and Lyudmila Sedova scored at the end for the winners as Kazakhstan improved to 3-1 in the lower group of Asian Championship. Natalya Kuzmicheva top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Lyudmila Sedova nailed 14, while Anastassiya Alishauskaite scored 13. Irina Polunina and Alla Krasovskaya delivered 14 points apiece in the losing case and Yelena Khusnitdinova had 10.


DAY 4 LEVEL 2 ROUND-UP - THREE-HORSE RACE FOR TWO PLACES  - Sep. 21, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Three teams each with a 3-1 win-loss record head into the final day of the Level II competition, seeking two berths for Level I play-offs.
And for all of them Malaysia, Lebanon and Kazakhstan who all scored rather comfortable wins on Monday the equation is rather simple: to win the game in order to avoid the calculators being pulled out.
Lebanon defeated Philippines 78-54 and take on Kazakhstan who rolled past cross-border rivals Uzbekistan 75-70 on the morrow.
The winners of that game are assured a place in the play-offs, but the losers too, like Philippines, have an outside chance at least mathematically.
Filipino hopes rest on both Kazakhstan and Malaysia against Uzbekistan losing their Mondays game and they themselves beating Sri Lanka.
If Malaysias clinical 81-45 win against Sri Lanka on Monday was any indication, Philippines need a miracle.
Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka are out of the reckoning of the play-offs.
Lebanon played were at their cohesive best in the Championship and overpowered Philippines.
Sandra Najems strike of form was the singular reason for the Lebanese dazzle.
The Homentmen Antelias guard inducted only in the second quarter fired in nine points of her 14 points, as Lebanon pulled away from a tricky 18-14 lead to a comfortable 38-24 comfort going into the changing rooms.
I guess things are beginning to fall in place the way we want, finally, said Lebanon coach Elie Nasr.
Chirine El Charif (185-F-84) rose to the occasion with a double-double 10 points and a staggering 16 rebounds.
Nayla Alameddine, Chada Nasr and Chantelle Anderson were significant as usual.
Alameddine and Nasr shared the scoring honours for Lebanon with 16 points each the latter adding value with five rebounds and six assists.
Andereson had a 6/11 field record for her 15 points and eight rebounds.
Chovi Borjas game-high 21 for Philippines went in a losing cause.
Nataliya Kuzmechiva fired a game-high 20 points and collected five rebounds to lead Kazakhstans cause against Uzbekistan.
Kuzmechiva, with support from Lyudmila Sedova put Kazakhstan in control early and the team never trailed.
Kuzmechiva scored six and Sedova eight, of her 14 for the game, in the first quarter.
Sedova also collected nine rebounds.
Anastassiya Alishauskite chipped in with 13 points, as Mariya Protsenko collected 11 boards
Irinia Polunina was the highest scorer for Uzbekistan with 14 points.
Sri Lanka caused a flutter when Premila Beruwalage fired in 10 points to steer her team 16-14 ahead at the end of the first quarter the first time the Lankans won a quarter in the Championship.
But unfortunately the 28-year-old added only five more points for the rest of the game and the island nations fortunes sank with that.
Inoka Juwan Pedige fired 13 points, all of them in the fourth quarter, but by then Malaysia had seized control.
Ang Siew Ting returned a game-high 19 points for Malaysia, 12 of them in the second half.
Goh Beng Fong scored 11 and Kew Suik may 10.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


MAS/SRI - MALAYSIA ONE STEP AWAY FROM PLAY-OFFS - Sep. 21, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Malaysia relegated from Level I in the last edition took a firm step ahead towards regaining that place, with a 81-45 win over Sri Lanka in Level II on Monday.
Malaysia have now won three of their four games, and are almost assured of a place in the play-offs. Sri Lanka after four losses will need a herculean effort to avoid repeating their wooden spoon.
The rest day seemed to have worked wonders on the Sri Lankan morale, and to an extent on their game, as the Middle Asian nation caught their SEABA rivals unawares in the opening moments of the game.
Premila Beruwalage fired in 10 points and Sri Lanka led won a quarter for the first time in the Championship, with a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
But unfortunately the 28-year-old added only five more points for the rest of the game and the island nations fortunes sank with that.
Inoka Juwan Pedige fired 13 points, all of them in the fourth quarter, but by then Malaysia had seized control.
Yong Shinmin had done well for Malaysia early in the game, but found better and more support as the game progressed.
Ang Siew Ting returned a game-high 19 points for Malaysia, 12 of them in the second half.
Goh Beng Fong scored 11 and Kew Suik may 10.
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KAZ/UZB - KAZAKHSTAN DOWN UZBEKS - Sep. 21, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Nataliya Kuzmechiva fired a game-high 20 points and collected five rebounds to lead Kazakhstan to a 75-70 win over across-the-border rivals Uzbekistan on Monday.
The win enhanced Kazakhstans chances of a place in the play-off with three wins and one loss, the Kazakhs need a win on the morrow against Lebanon to ensure that.
Uzbekistan sank to their third defeat.
Kuzmechiva, with support from Lyudmila Sedova put Kazakhstan in control early and the team never trailed.
Kuzmechiva scored six and Sedova eight, of her 14 for the game, in the first quarter.
Sedova also collected nine rebounds.
Anastassiya Alishauskite chipped in with 13 points, as Mariya Protsenko collected 11 boards
Kazakhstan led by as many 21 points at one point in the fourth quarter before coach Tatiyana Kondius began to use her bench and the margin of win reduced.
Irinia Polunina was the highest scorer for 14 points.

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LIB/PHI - LEBANESE SOLIDITY TAKES THEM PAST FILIPINOS - Sep. 21, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - West Asian hopefuls Lebanon played were at their cohesive best in the Championship and overpowered Philippines 78-54 in a crucial Level II game on Monday.
The win took Lebanon to 3-1 and left them needing a win against Kazakhstan on Tuesday in order to qualify for the Level I play-offs.
Philippines sank to 2-2, but pin on their hopes on extraneous factors.
Sandra Najems strike of form was the singular reason for the Lebanese dazzle.
The Homentmen Antelias guard inducted only in the second quarter fired in nine points of her 14 points, as Lebanon pulled away from a tricky 18-14 lead to a comfortable 38-24 comfort going into the changing rooms.
I guess things are beginning to fall in place the way we want, finally, said Lebanon coach Elie Nasr.
Chirine El Charif (185-F-84) rose to the occasion with a double-double 10 points and a staggering 16 rebounds.
Nayla Alameddine, Chada Nasr and Chantelle Anderson were significant as usual.
Alameddine and Nasr shared the scoring honours for Lebanon with 16 points each the latter adding value with five rebounds and six assists.
Andereson had a 6/11 field record for her 15 points and eight rebounds.
Chovi Borjas game-high 21 for Philippines went in a losing cause.
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DAY 3 LEVEL 1 ROUND-UP - THREE-IN-A-ROW FOR KOREA,CHINA;JAPAN DOWN THAILAND - Sep. 19, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Level I action on Saturday witnessed the medalists of the last edition returning a triumphant performance, and without much ado at that.
Defending champions Korea decimated Chinese Taipei 96-55, last editions silver medalists China crushed India 107-49 and bronze medalists at Incheon Japan rolled past Thailand 94-60.
Korea and China thus posted their third win from as many games and looked well set for a place in the semifinals. Japan are 2-1 and Taipei 1-2, but both have their last four hopes alive thanks to India and Thailand losing all their three games.
In that backdrop of lop-sided results, and action, Jung Sunmins vintage performance and the Chinas display of their benchs might stood out.
Jung Sunmins showing tonight was a lesson in action.
The 34-year-old enhanced her credentials as one of more all-round players on show falling just short of what would have been the first triple-double of the Championship.
The Shinhan Bank S-Birds superstar scored 15 points, effected 10 assists and collected seven rebounds.
What her statistics would have read had coach Lim Dal Shik not rested her for the entire fourth quarter!
It doesnt matter, Jung Sunmin shrugged.
What matters most is that it helped the team to win, she added.
Park Jung-eun was the top scorer for Korea with 17 points and Kim Kwe-ryong had an incredible 100% record for her 16 points.
Kim Kwe-ryong shot a 7/7 in field attempts and converted both the free-throws.
Lin Chi-wen was the highest scorer for Chinese Taipei with 12 points.
China took to the court in full strength, but after the silver medalists of the last edition took an overwhelming 29-13 lead in the first ten minutes, coach Sun Fengwu began to use his bench.
In the process, Ma Zhengyu played a little more than half the game and topped the scoring for China with 17 points.
Guan Xin who sat out the second quarter after starting the game, played the entire second half and returned a double-double 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Liu Dan played the intermittent two quarters for her 15 points.
We are coming along rather well, said China coach Sun Fengwu.
No game is easy. Its all about how well we execute what we set out to reach, he added.
Anitha Pauldurai led Indias scoring with 14 points as Geethu Anna Jose suffered a dip in her scoring rhythm.
Jose converted merely four of her 14 field attempts, for sub-par nine points.
Japan raced ahead early and never looked back en route to their win over Thailand.
Yoshie Sakurada came off the bench to lead the Japanese scoring with 17 points
Yuko Oga had her share of scoring with 13 points.
We are getting into better conditioning with each game, Oga said.
Naomi Yashiro, Akiko Obata and Ai Mitani all ensured there were no headaches for their coach scoring 11 points each.
We are working really hard on our transition plays, especially fast breaks, Japan coach Fumikazu Nakagawa said.
Action resumes on Monday, after Sundays rest day.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


Day 3 in Chennai - Sep. 19, 2009 
Group A
Japan - Thailand 94-60
Yoshie Sakurada (170-G/F-84) scored 17 points to pace Japan to the second win at the Asian Championship in Chennai. The team managed to rebound after a bitter loss to China in the previous round and Japan overwhelmed Thailand to climb at 2-1 record in Group A. Thailand had to digest the third straight loss at the start of the tournament. Japan initialized a 10:2 run to cap the first frame leading by 12 points 21:9. Yoshida fired a three-pointer to trigger a 20:4 rally from Japan in the second period as they cleared off to a 26-point distance. Japan ensured a 20-point buffer at halftime. Thailand clipped the deficit at 13 points in the third frame but Japan stopped the bleeding and piled up a 68:41 advantage at the final pause. Japan tipped off the fourth term with 7 points in a row and never looked back en route to the victory. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) nailed 13 points for the winning side. Naomi Yashiro, Akiko Obata and Al Mitani had 11 points each for Japan. Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) replied with 19 points for Thailand. Juthamas Jantakan chipped in 16 points in the loss. Japan overcame 24 turnovers shooting 47% from the field and outrebounding Thailand 45:26. Japan is slated to South Korea, while Thailand will play against Sri Lanka in the next round.

India - China 49-107
China secured the third straight win at the start of the Asian Championship in India. They prevailed against the hosts tonight to remain on top of the standings in Group A. Ma Zengyu (83) scored 17 points to lead balanced effort from the Chinese team. China quickly opened a double-digit lead in the opening quarter marking their ambitions. India struggled to match their opponents and faced a 16-point deficit at the first break. China opened the second frame with 8 points in a row to take a 24-point advantage. The visitors eased to a 58:21 lead at halftime. Prashanti Singh tipped off the third period with a three-pointer but she was equally matched by Hanlan Zhang. China never loosened the grip and rallied to an 80:34 lead with ten minutes to go. China continued their onslaught in the final stanza surpassing 100-point mark and claiming an impressive win at the end. Guan Xin and Liu Dan nailed 15 points each for China. Hanlan Zhang added 12 points in the winning case. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) responded with 14 points for India. Geethu Anna Jose and Prashanti Singh netted 9 points each in the loss.

Taiwan - South Korea 55-96
South Korea kept their record spotless at the Asian Championship in India. They celebrated the third straight win at the tournament overcoming Taiwan today. Taiwan slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. It was all over for Taiwan in the opening stanza. Korea opened the game with 13 consecutive points. Taiwan knocked down the first two with more than three minutes into the game but Korea immediately exploded with 9 points in a row to stretch the lead at 20 points. Korea rolled to a 31:7 advantage after ten minutes. Korea scored eagerly and easily in the second period taking a 57:22 lead at the interval. Taiwan could not turn the tables in the second half. They managed just 13 points in the third stanza and faced a 47-point deficit heading into the fourth term. South Korea slowed down in the final minutes allowing Taiwan to win it. Park Jung Eun (180-F-77) fired 17 points to lead the charge. Kim Kwe Ryong (193-C-79) added 16 points, while Jung Sun-Min had 15 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. Lin Chi-Wen netted 14 points for Taiwan. Ma Yi Hung finished with 7 points in the loss.

Group B
Philippines - Uzbekistan 81-73
Philippines enjoyed the second win at the Asian Championship in Chennai. They held off Uzbekistan to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Uzbekistan on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record. Joan Grajales (162-G-79) poured in 22 points and grabbed 6 boards to pilot Philippines to the win. The first frame saw a leveled battle with neither side able to succeed. Merenciana Arayi (85) capped the quarter with a three-pointer to give Philippines a narrow 16:15 lead. Philippines used a 12:0 run in the second period to jump to a 13-point advantage. They maintained the advantage and arrived at halftime up by 12 points 38:26. But Uzbekistan responded right after the major break. Yelena Khusnitdinova (85), Tatarinova and Alla Krasovskaya exploded with 12 points in a row to draw things level. Titova and Alla Krasovskaya followed with three more points as Uzbekistan jumped in front. Tatarinova made it 59:55 for Uzbekistan at the end of the third frame. Philippines opened the final stanza with six consecutive points to spur back in charge. They were up by just two points with 81 seconds to go in regulation. Joan Grajales and Chovi Borja gave Philippines a 79:73 advatnage with 36 seconds remaining. Uzbekistan could not answer and had to surrender at the end. Merenciana Arayi finished with 20 points for Philippines. Lubiano netted 10 points in the win. Yelena Khusnitdinova answered with 15 points for Uzbekistan. Guzal Burieva, Irina Polunina and Alla Krasovskaya had 10 points each in the loss.

Kazakhstan - Malaysia 57-71
Malaysia picked up the tempo at the Asian Championship held in Chennai these days. After the opening loss Malaysia posted two straight victories. They surprisingly beat Lebanon yesterday and dealt with Kazakhstan today. Siew Teng Ang (174-87) knocked down 20 points to pace Malaysia to the win. Suik May Kew opened the scoring hitting a three-pointer. Kazakhstan responded with a 9:0 run midway through the quarter to gain an 11:5 lead. Malaysia returned the lead after Siew Teng Ang and Nur Izzati Yaakob exploded with five points in a row. Malaysia ensured a 17:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Malaysia opened the second period with an 11:2 run to extend the advantage. Shin Min Yong opened a double-digit lead for the team late in the first half. Mariya Protsenko capped it with a jumper to make it 23:32 at halftime. Malaysia did not give a single chance for their opponents in the third frame. They maintained the margin wisely and moreover ballooned it to as many as 17 points. Anastassiya Alishauskaite and Veronika Volikova trimmed the deficit at 9 points midway through the fourth quarter but it was as close as Kazakhstan could get. Malaysia silenced the opponents and rolled to the win at the end. Yann Yann Pee tallied 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Malaysia. Chai Ling Thoh had 9 points in the win. Natalya Kuzmicheva (192-F/C-76) responded with 18 points and 8 boards for Kazakhstan. Lyudmila Sedova netted 11 points and collected 13 rebounds in defeat.


DAY 3 LEVEL 2 ROUND-UP - MALAYSIA DOWN KAZAKHSTAN; FILIPINOS PIP UZBEKS - Sep. 19, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - With four teams locked at two wins and one loss apiece, Sundays rest day is sure to be well utilized by the lead protagonists of the Level II competition here.
With two games left and a lot of cries-crossing results to be counted, the full effect of Saturdays results will be known only when the final whistle is blown.
None more than Philippines well-fought 81-73 triumph over Uzbekistan.
Malaysia and Lebanon had earlier in the day also posted their second win in three outings.
Malaysia defeated a much taller opponent for the second day running in their 71-57 win over Kazakhstan. And Lebanon carried too many guns to quash Sri Lanka 96-54.
The defeat pulled Kazakhstan to 2-1 and Sri Lanka are yet to win.
In terms of improvement in performance, Malaysia are way ahead than the rest of the teams not only in Level II, but the entire 12-team fray.
The SEABA nation rode on that very factor and handed Kazakhstan their first defeat.
Malaysia, who fell from Level I at the last edition in Incheon, thus improved their chances to regain their place in the elite group.
Ang Siew Teng came off the bench and led the Malaysian charge with a game-high 20 points.
Pee Yann Yann continued her good showing with 16 points and four assists.
Kazakhstan won the rebounds battle by a whopping 58-28 margin, but shot a miserable 28% in field.
Nataliya Kuzmicheva was the highest scorer with 18 points.
American Chantelle Andersons second quarter splurge put Lebanon in firm control and the West Asian hopefuls cruised along thereafter against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka did manage to breathe down on their much better-equipped rivals for a major part of the first quarter, when the scores were locked 20-20.
But Anderson who was rather subdued till then scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the second quarter as Lebanon outscored Sri Lanka 29-11 and surged ahead.
Rebecca Akl continued the Akl familys services to Lebanese basketball elder brothers Rodrigue and Ralph play for the Lebanese mens teams with 16 points, in a superb 70% field record (7/10).
Premila Beruwalage was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 16 points, but eight of them in first quarter.
Philippines and Uzbekistan waged a see-saw battle before the former closed their defense together in the dying moments.
Fortunes for most part of the game had swung like a yo-yo, but Philippines solidified at just about the right juncture.
Philippines who turned the ball over 20 times in the first three quarters, pulled up their socks and cut it down to a mere three in the fourth quarter.
Joan Grajales had six assists and rebounds apiece to add meat to her game-high 22 points.
Merenciana Arayi maintained form with 20 points for Philippines.
Yelena Khusnitdinova was the highest scorer for Uzbekistan with 15 points.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


PHI/UZB - FILIPINO SCARPE PAST UZBAKESTAN - Sep. 19, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Philippines and Uzbekistan waged a see-saw battle before the former closed their defense together in the dying moments to eke out a 81-73 win in a Level II game on Saturday.
The win has left Philippines 2-1, while Uzbekistan are 1-2.
Joan Grajales scored on the paint to put Philippines 79-73 ahead, the highest lead for the team in the fourth quarter, and converted both the free-throws on Irina Poluninas unsportsmanlike foul.
That this lead came when there was very little time left on the clock proved decisive in Philippines favour.
For Grajales it was an ideal way to cap a fruitful day.
The 30-year-old had six assists and rebounds apiece to add meat to her game-high 22 points.
Fortunes for most part of the game had swung like a yo-yo, but Philippines solidified at just about the right juncture.
Philippines who turned the ball over 20 times in the first three quarters, pulled up their socks and cut it down to a mere three in the fourth quarter.
Merenciana Arayi maintained form with 20 points for Philippines.
Yelena Khusnitdinova was the highest scorer for Uzbekistan with 15 points.
Guzal Burieva, Polunina and Alla Krasovskaya each had 10 points.
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MAS/KAZ - IMPROVING MALAYSIA TAKE KAZAKHS IN THEIR STRIDE - Sep. 19, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - In terms of improvement in performance, Malaysia are way ahead than the rest of the teams not only in Level II, but the entire 12-team fray.
The SEABA nation rode on that very factor and handed Kazakhstan their first defeat in the competition with a 71-57 result on Saturday.
Both Malaysia and Kazakhstan, thus are locked at 2-1 in their win-loss record.
Malaysia, who fell from Level I at the last edition in Incheon, thus improved their chances to regain their place in the elite group.
Actually we should have won against Philippines, but it was our first game, Malaysia coach Tan See Wah said.
And we always have starting trouble, he added.
The girls are improving in the way they play, but more importantly their confidence-levels are increasing with every game, the veteran coach said.
Siew Teng Ang (174-87) came off the bench and led the Malaysian charge with a game-high 20 points.
Yann Yann Pee (174-F-85) continued her good showing with 16 points and four assists.
Kazakhstan won the rebounds battle by a whopping 58-28 margin, but shot a miserable 28% in field.
Nataliya Kuzmicheva was the highest scorer with 18 points.
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LIB/SRI - LEBANON RETURN TO WINNING WAYS - Sep. 19, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - American Chantelle Andersons second quarter splurge put Lebanon in firm control and the West Asian hopefuls cruised along thereafter to beat Sri Lanka 96-54 in Level II on Saturday.
Lebanon, who lost to Malaysia on Friday, are now 2-1. Sri Lanka have lost all their three games are facing the prospect of the wooden spoon, yet again.
Sri Lanka did manage to breathe down on their much better-equipped rivals for a major part of the first quarter, when the scores were locked 20-20.
But Anderson who was rather subdued till then, converting her only field attempt for the entire first quarter, began to take charge of the Lebanese attack.
The former WNBA player, naturalized recently by Lebanon, played the entire second quarter and utilized her time on the court to score 13 points, in a 4/5 field record for the quarter as Lebanon outscored Sri Lanka 29-11.
Anderson played for only 34 seconds during the rest of the game, but added seven more points for a game-high 22 points.
Rebeca Akl continued the Akl familys services to Lebanese basketball elder brothers Rodrigue and Ralph play for the Lebanese mens teams with 16 points, in a superb 70% field record (7/10).
Veteran Nisrin Dandan contributed 11 points.
We are blowing hot and cold. Isnt it? said Lebanon coach Elie Nasr.
This international experience is new for the team. So its expected after all, he added.
But today, I think we are back on road.
Premila Beruwalage was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 16 points, but eight of them in first quarter.
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Day 2 in Chennai - Sep. 18, 2009 
Group A
South Korea - Thailand 116-45
South Korea celebrated the second win at the Asian Championship that started yesterday in Chennai, India. One of the favorites smashed Thailand 116:45 for 2-0 record. South Korea scored the first five points in the game, while Naruemol Banmoo reduced to 12:9. Kim Kwe Ryong (193-C-79) posted for 16:8 and Sun Min Jung delivered for 22:12. Kim Kwe Ryong was the last to score in the first period to give her team 26:12 advantage. In the second frame the favorites were too good both in defense and offense. South Korea scored 35 points in 10 minutes and had 61:22 at the halftime. Thailand could not stay on race also in the third period and lost the quarter 10-30. It gave Korean team 91:32 lead after three quarters and the task for the fourth quarter to have three digits. Yu Kyung Kim made a three-pointer midway through the last frame for 102:37, while Young Suk Kang delivered for 113:41. Nipa Sangkhum (182-C-89) made the final score at the board 116:45, as Thailand dropped at 0-2. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Kim Kwe Ryong paced all of them with 19 points, while Sun Min Jung nailed 14. Yeon Ha Beon and Mijung Jin posted 13 points each. Charothai Suksomwong notched 12 points and Naruemol Banmoo added 11.

China - Japan 75-58
Chinese National Team celebrated the second straight win at the Asian Championship in Chennai, India. They overcame their archrivals Japan. Nan Chen came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds to pace China to the victory. Noriko Koiso responded with 17 points for Japan as they slipped at 1-1 record. The teams looked evenly matched in the first half. China scored the opening 8 points of the game but Japan quickly denied the deficit. Yuko Oga and Noriko Koiso helped the team to an 11:10 lead late in the first frame. China stole the advantage to enter the second stanza up by one 14:13. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the second frame before Nan Chen nailed 4 points in a row to give China a 33:32 halftime lead. China used a 12:2 rally midway through the third quarter to clear off. Nan Chen soon opened a double-digit advantage for Chinese team. Japan never got closer than 10 points in the final stanza and suffered a bitter loss at the end. LiJie Miao (180-G-81) knocked down 14 points for China. Bian Lan added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Yuko Oga answered with 8 points for Japan. Asami Yoshida produced 6 points and 11 rebounds in the losing clause.

Taiwan - India 84-61
Taiwan beat the hosts India in Day 2 of the Asian Women Championship. Being tied after the first quarter the guests won the rest of the frames for the first victory to tie at 1-1. Chun-Yi Liu opened the game with a shot and then Akanksha Prashanti Singh tied it at 2:2. Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) brought India the first lead at 6:5, while she also scored for 14:7. Lan Jui-Yu reduced at 16:12 and Lan Jui-Yu closed the period at 16:16. Having 28:25 lead Taiwan pushed the tempo for good and never looked behind after. Li Wan-Ting made it 35:25, while Chang Shih-Chieh posted for 39:27. Li Wan-Ting brought her team 46:34 when the teams went to the lockers. With 20-17 Taiwan won the third frame and increased the lead to 66:51 after 30 minutes. Harjeet Kaur cut it to 66:53 at the beginning of the fourth, while Ning Chang scored for 74:55. Hui-Mei Lin made the final score as Taiwan beat the hosts India in Day 2. Chang Shih-Chieh and Lan Jui-Yu top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Li Wan-Ting netted 14. Geethu Anna Jose had a great night for the hosts with 34 points and 11 boards, while Prashanti Singh added 7. India dropped at 0-2 in the group.

Group B
Kazakhstan - Philippines 71-52
Kazakhstan celebrated the second victory at the Asian Championship in Chennai. They cruised past Philippines 71:52 for the second win to make another step towards reaching Level I. Natalya Kuzmicheva made two free throws at the beginning of the game for the first lead. Diana Rose Jose tied the game at 2-2 and she gave Philippines15:14 lead later in the quarter. Tamara Seregina closed the first period at 17:15 and then Kazakhstan produced a 15-6 run in the second quarter. The latter won the third period 22-17 and had 54:38 at the end of thirty minutes. Kazakhstan did not allow the opponents to reduce the gap at the end and led the game to the victory. Anastassiya Alishauskaite (170-G-88) made a jump-shot for 61:44 and Oxana Ivanova scored for 65:48 later in the end.Cherrylyn Lubiano delivered the last points in the losing case, while Veronika Volikova made the final 71:52 score. Anastassiya Alishauskaite top-scored for the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Mariya Protsenko posted 12, whilst Anna Kucheryavykh and Oxana Ivanova had 10 points apiece. Merenciana Arayi erupted with 26 points and Chovi Borja added 16.

Uzbekistan - Sri Lanka 89-48
The game between Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka became the important for the first victory at the Asian Championship in Chennai. Uzbekistan grabbed the initial victory so far taking 89:48 win over the opponents. Uzbekistan opened the game with six consecutive points, while Gallappaththiguruge scored the first points for Sri Lanka. Yuliya Tatarinova made it 15:2, while Yuliya Kashuba added for 21:10. The favorites increased to 27:10 at the end of the opening quarter when the squads finished the most productive quarter of the game. In the second period the tempo remained high as Uzbekistan added 25:16 in it. The teams went to the lockers with 50:28 and it was sure the win would belong to Uzbekistan. The latter was better also in the third quarter as Natalya Koniva (89) brought the 69th point for the team. Inoka Sandamali Juwan Pedige closed the period at 69:41 and Natalya Koniva made it 76:43 later in the fourth. Sri Lanka was able to post only 7 points in the final stanza and trailed until the end. Inoka Sandamali Juwan Pedige scored the last points in the losing effort, while Yuliya Kashubadelivered the last points for the winners. Natalya Koniva paced all the winners with 24 points. Alla Krasovskaya nailed 15, while Yelena Khusnitdinova added 12. Inoka Sandamali Juwan Pedige ended up with 15 points in the losing case. Benica Thalagala posted 13 and Gallappaththiguruge N.K. Silva had 9.


DAY 2 LEVEL 2 ROUND UP - KAZAKHS REMAIN UNBEATEN, LANKA WINLESS; ALL OTHER LOCKED 1-1 - Sep. 18, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Malaysia sprung a pleasant surprise on the suppositions in Level II competition beating Lebanon as Kazakhstan emerged as the only team to post their second successive win on Friday.
Malaysia staged a superb fourth quarter rally against Lebanon for their 84-69 win and Kazakhstan outsized and outscored Philippines 71-52. Uzbekistan kept Sri Lanka winless with a 89-48 verdict.
Malaysia, Lebanon, Philippines and Uzbekistan all have a 1-1 win-loss record
Malaysia trailed 55-58 at the end of the third quarter, but outscored Lebanon 20-4 in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and rolled on to post their first victory in the Championship.
An impressive 6/10 record in three-pointers in the fourth quarter was the highlight of Malaysias rally.
Kew Suik May converted two three-pointers, Pee Yann Yann, Pang Hui Pin and Goh Beng Fong scored one each in that run as Malaysia unleashed their perimeter shooting prowess.
We had no other choice but to go for more outside shots, given the fact that we were being outsized, said Malaysia coach Tan See Wah.
Goh Beng Fong led the scoring for the game with 22 points and Kew finished with 12 points as Thoh Chai Ling chipped in with 14 points.
Chada Nasr led Lebanons scoring with 18 points, 13 of them in the first three quarters.
Chantelle Anderson had 15 points, but only four in the final quarter. And Nisrin Dandan scored all her 17 points in the first three quarters.
Kazakhstan opened up the game in the second quarter and then built on it to beat Philippines.
Lyudmila Sedova scored five of her games nine points and Anastassia Alishauskite scored five of her team-high 18 in the second quarter as Kazakhstan outscored their opponents 15-6 in the second to move decisively ahead.
Oxana Ivanova and Mariya Protsenko took over from there and consolidated Kazakhstans position in the second half.
Ten of Protsenkos 12 for the game and eight of Ivanovas ten came in the second half.
Philippines played with their usual effervescence, but were outsized by the much taller Kazakhstan.
Merenciana Arayis game-high 26 points was the highest for Philippines.
Chovi Borja chipped in with 16 points.
Uzbekistan, who missed the Level I play-off berth in the last edition surged ahead 27-12 at the end of the first ten minutes.
It was Nataliya Konivas show all the way thence forth.
Fielded only at the start of the second quarter, the 20-year-old returned a 58% field record (7/12), including an incredible 4/5 in three-pointers for a game-high 24 points.
Alla Kraskovskaya had 15 points and six rebounds.
Inoka Pedige was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


UZB/SRI - UZEBAKISTAN POST FIRST WIN  - Sep. 18, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Uzbekistan seized control early and cruised along to beat Sri Lanka 89-48 and posted their first win in Level II competition on Friday.
Sri Lanka, who lost to Kazakhstan on the opening day have thus lost both their games. Uzbekistan had lost to Lebanon on Thursday.
Alla Kraskovskaya, Yuliya Kashuba and Yelena Khusnitdinova (85) all helped each other in an-round scoring show for Uzbekistan.
The Middle Asian nation, who missed the Level I play-off berth in the last edition surged ahead 27-12 at the end of the first ten minutes.
It was Nataliya Konivas show all the way thence forth.
Fielded only at the start of the second quarter, the 20-year-old returned a 58% field record (7/12), including an incredible 4/5 in three-pointers for a game-high 24 points.
Kraskovskaya had 15 points and six rebounds.
Yelena Khusnitdinova chipped in with 12 points and Kashuba had 11.
noka Pedige was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka.
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KAZ/PHI - KAZAKHS ROLL PAST PHILIPINNES - Sep. 18, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Kazakhstan opened up the game in the second quarter and then built on it to beat Philippines 71-52 on Thursday.
The win perched Kazakhstan as the only unbeaten team in Level II having won both their games. Philippines have a 1-1 win-loss record.
Lyudmila Sedova scored five of her games nine points and Anastassia Alishauskite scored five of her team-high 18 in the second quarter as Kazakhstan outscored their opponents 15-6 in the second to move decisively ahead.
Oxana Ivanova and Mariya Protsenko took over from there and consolidated Kazakhstans position in the second half.
Ten of Protsenkos 12 for the game and eight of Ivanovas ten came in the second half.
Philippines played with their usual effervescence, but were outsized by the much taller Kazakhstan.
For the record, Kazakhstans average height is 182.45 cms as against Philippines 170 cms.
That Kazakhstan won the battle of boards 58-38 with Ivanova, Sedova and Natalya Kuzmicheva (192-F/C-76) each collecting 11 rebounds reflected the difference in size.
Merenciana Arayis game-high 26 points was the highest for Philippines.
Chovi Borja chipped in with 16 points.
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MAS/LIB - FOURTH QUARTER FLURRY TAKES MALAYSIA PAST LEBANON  - Sep. 18, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Malaysia shot an impressive 6/10 in three-pointers in the fourth quarter to post a splendid rally to beat Lebanon 84-69 in a crucial Level II game on Friday.
Trailing 55-58 at the start of the fourth quarter, Malaysia outscored Lebanon 20-4 in the first five minutes of the period and rolled on to post their first victory in the Championship.
For Lebanon, who had beaten Uzbekistan on the opening day, it was their first defeat.
Suik May Kew (172-F-82) converted two three-pointers, Pee Yann Yann, Pang Hui Pin and Beng Fong Goh (164-G-82) scored one each in that run as Malaysia unleashed their perimeter shooting prowess.
We had no other choice but to go for more outside shots, given the fact that we were being outsized, said Malaysia coach Tan See Wah.
It was a deliberate ploy and fortunately for us it worked, the veteran coach added.
Beng Fong Goh led the scoring for the game with 22 points, but it was Suik May Kew who was the leader of the Malaysian pack in the fourth quarter.
Kew finished with 12 points as Chai Ling Thoh (172-C/F-82) chipped in with 14 points.
Malaysia converted a 18 of their 47 three-pointer attempts as against Lebanons 5/20.
Chada Nasr led Lebanons scoring with 18 points, 13 of them in the first three quarters.
Chantelle Anderson had 15 points, but only four in the final quarter. And Nisrin Dandan scored all her 17 points in the first three quarters.
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Day 1, Level 1 Round-Up: China, Korea win big; Japan down Taipei - Sep. 17, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship): Defending champions Korea and last editions silver medalists began their campaign in a rousing fashion posting rather facile wins in their opening Level I games on Thursday.
Korea whipped India 102-46 and China surged ahead with a 115-51 win over Thailand. Japan, however survived a few scares before going past Chinese Taipei 73-65.
Incidentally, both India and Thailand had won play-offs in the last edition to play in Level I here.
Japan played solidly in the closing moments and defeated a familiar, but fierce, Taipei.
Yuko Oga played all the 40 minutes of the game and obviously was the decisive force for the Japanese, who are here on a quest to retain at least their bronze medal and regain their chance to represent FIBA Asia in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
It was our first game and we were probably facing the toughest opponent in the opener, said Fumikazu Nakagawa.
That was the reason for us to play Yuko without a break. Also they (Chinese Taipei) were always pecking on our heels, he added.
Ryoko Utsumi one of Ogas teammates at Incheon two year ago sparkled with in her attempts on the paint.
Utsumi fired in all her five two-pointer attempts, and converted three of the five three-pointers, to tally a 21-point game.
Chinese Taipei did rather well, as they always have against Japan, but failed at the crucial junctures.
It happens, said Chinese Taipei coach Lin Hung Ling-Yao.
When the two teams know each other so well, and are equally equipped it always boils down to a couple of shots, the veteran coach said.
Li Wan-Ting and Liu Chun-yi shared the scoring honours for Taipei with 12 points each.
Sharpshooter Beon Yeonha and seasoned campaigner Jung Sunmin were, as expected, the stars in Koreas win over the hosts.
Beon Yeoha fired in a game-high 26 points and Jung Sunmin returned a double-double.
We expected a lot tougher fight from the Indians, said Korea coach Lim Dal Shik.
Beon Yeonha fired five three-pointers in nine attempts and scored 23 of her points in the first half itself.
Jung Sunmin collected a game-high 14 rebounds to go with her 20 points as Korea never trailed nor showed any relent throughout.
Both Beon Yeonha and Jung Sunmin were rested for the entire fourth quarter.
We hope we can roll, Jung Sunmin said.
Playing the hosts is never easy. We are happy with the win, she added.
Geethu Anna Jose was restricted to only 14 shots for the entire game and her scoring was thus restricted to 15 points the highest for India.
Huang Hongpin, despite playing only the first and the third quarter, led Chinas scoring with 18 points.
Guan Xin, Chinas mainstay in their second-place finish at Incheon two years ago and Olympian superstar Miao Lijie played for less than their normal time on the court and scored 13 points apiece.
Guan also had a game-high eight rebounds.
We are yet getting used to the conditions, Sun Fengwu said.
We are coming together well as a team, but we need more time and games to play our best, he added.
Juthamas Jankatans game-high 20 points was the highest for Thailand.
S Mageshwaran
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Day 1 in Chennai - Sep. 17, 2009 
Group A
Thailand - China 51-115
China opened their Asian Championship campaign with a confident win over Thailand. The tournaments favorites came up with an impressive offensive performance to leave their opponents hopeless in this one. Huang Hongpin (196-C-89) scored 18 points to lead the winners. It was all over for Thailand in the starting frame. China looked unstoppable as they dropped 34 points to accumulate a 19-point lead with ten minutes gone in the encounter. Charothai Suksomwong fired from beyond the arc at the start of the second period but China immediately responded with a 12:3 rally to silence Thailand. The lead grew at 30-point mark at the interval. China continued to dictate the tempo in the third stanza as they exploded with 33 points and arrived at the final intermission ahead by as many as 54 points. China never stopped and finished the game with solid 115 points entertaining the fans with some high-flying basketball. LiJie Miao (180-G-81) and Guan Xin (196-C-87) knocked down 13 points each for China. Bian Lan and Nan Chen delivered 12 points each in the win. Juthamas Jantakan responded with 20 points for Thailand. Charothai Suksomwong had 12 points in the loss. China outrebounded their opponents 46:24 and limited those to 31% of field goals.

Japan - Taiwan 73-65
Japanese team outgunned Taiwan at the start of the Asian Championship in Chennai, India. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) dropped 24 points to pace Japan to the win. It was a tough battle from start to finish. Liu Chun-Yi and Yung-Hsu Chu gave Taiwan a 7:2 advantage early in the game. But Japan soon denied the deficit and eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Jiu-Yu Lan Jui-Yu restored the advantage for Taiwan at the beginning of the second frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the reminder of the half. Yuko Oga capped the half with two free throws to draw things level at 37. Japan used a 7:0 run midway through the third period to gain a 48:42 lead. But Taiwan stayed within striking distance as they trailed by 4 at the final break. Japan led by only 3 points midway through the fourth stanza however Yuko Oga and Al Mitani nailed 5 straight points to extend the advantage. Japan maintained the distance and drove to a hard-fought win at the end. Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) notched 21 points for Japan. Asami Yoshida had 8 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in the win. Li Wan-Ting and Liu Chun-Yi delivered 12 points for Taiwan. Lan Jui-Yu netted 11 points in defeat.

India - South Korea 46-102
South Korean team celebrated the first win at the Asian Championship that started today in Chennai, India. They overcame the hosts to take the lead in Group A of the competition. The teams are fighting for three tickets available to 2010 World Championship in Czech Republic. South Korea made the first step towards achieving the goal. Beon Yeon Ha (180-F-80) knocked down 26 points to lead the charge. The teams kept it close for about a minute at the start of the encounter before Korea took over. They quickly established a double-digit lead and rolled to a 27:7 advantage after ten minutes of action. Beon Yeon Ha knocked down a pair of triples early in the second frame as Korea cleared off to a 25-point distance. They maintained the gap well enough to enjoy a 56:21 lead at halftime. Mi Sun Lee extended the margin at 40 points at the start of the second half and the intrigue was literally gone by now. Korea arrived at the final break up by 51 points and never looked back en route to a resounding win. Jung Sun-Min (185-F-74) delivered 20 points and 14 boards for South Korea. Jung Sun-Min Eun added 14 points in the victory. Geethu Anna Jose responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Pratima Singh had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Philippines - Malaysia 61-55
Philippines made the first step towards reaching Level I at the Asian Championship for women. Earlier today they opened the tournament with a tough victory over Malaysia. Sylvia Valencia (79) paced Philippines with 15 points. Merenciana Arayi opened the score early in the game and Philippines maintained the lead throughout the starting frame. However Malaysia did not allow their opponents to run away as they trailed by just one point at the first intermission 19:20. Suik May Kew hit a three-pointer midway through the second stanza as Malaysia jumped in front. Sylvia Valencia quickly restored the lead for Philippines and they rallied to a 33:27 advantage late in the first half. Siew Teng Ang capped the half with a three-pointer as Malaysia trailed by just three points. The complexion of the battle did not change in the third stanza. The lead changed hands several times and Philippines entered the fourth term ahead by only 2 points 48:46. Beng Fong Goh set Malaysia in charge 55:54 but Philippines kept their opponents scoreless for the reminder of the contest and eked out a difficult win at the end. Joan Grajales, Merenciana Arayi and Cherrylyn Lubiano knocked down 7 points each for Philippines. Suik May Kew responded with 14 points for Malaysia. Beng Fong Goh added 11 points in defeat.

Sri Lanka - Kazakhstan 40-94
Kazakhstan earned the first win at the Asian Championship in Chinnai. They cruised past Sri Lanka in the opener for both teams. Kazakhstan thus grabbed the lead in Level II table. Yelena Dots (177-G-89) led balanced effort with 13 points for Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan did not waste too much time to adjust as they stormed into the encounter. The team grabbed a 24:2 lead with under 4 minutes left in the first frame. Kazakhstan ensured a 27:8 advantage at the first break. The onslaught continued in the second stanza. Kondrakova and Ivanova stretched the margin at 27-point mark. Kazakhstan sealed the first half outcome at 51:22. The situation did not change after the major break. Sri Lanka managed just 11 points in the third quarter as Kazakhstan built an unassailable 41-point lead into the fourth period. They coasted to the win in the dying minutes. Kucheryavych and Natalya Kuzmicheva (192-F/C-76) nailed 12 points each for Kazakhstan. Seregina produced 11 points in the winning effort. Premila Beruwalage responded with 13 points for Sri Lanka. Benica Thalagala had 9 points in defeat.


KOR/IND - CHAMPS KOREA LEAVES HOST INDIA GASPING - Sep. 17, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Beon Yeonha fired in a game-high 26 points and seasoned campaigner Jung Sunmin returned a double-double as defending champions Korea deflated enthusiastic hosts India 102-46 in a Level I game on Thursday.
We expected a lot tougher fight from the Indians, said Korea coach Lim Dal Shik.
Lets not forget we were playing the hosts and in conditions we are not used to, Lim said.
In that sense, we are happy to start our campaign on such a note, the coach added.
Beon Yeonha was in her elements converting five of her nine three-pointer attempts in a 10/16 total field record.
The 29-year-old forward scored 23 of her points in the first half, a sizzling three-pointer followed by a dazzling drive in the lane capping her performance.
Jung Sunmin collected a game-high 14 rebounds to go with her 20 points as Korea never trailed nor showed any relent throughout.
Both Beon Yeonha and Jung Sunmin were rested for the entire fourth quarter, yet there was no change in the flow and fortunes of the game.
We had to conserve them. Our campaign is just beginning, Lim said.
We hope we can roll, Jung Sunmin said.
Playing the hosts is never easy. We are happy with the win, she added.
Geethu Anna Jose was restricted to only 14 shots for the entire game and her scoring was thus restricted to 15 points.
Pratima Singh who played all of 6:17 in the first three quarters, was on court for the full fourth and scored eight of 12 points in the final ten minutes.
We will definitely improve from here, India coach JP Singh said.
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LIB/UZB Lebanon announce their return in style - Sep. 17, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Lebanon began their quest for glory in FIBA Asia womens competition in style a style that came close to the manner of their male counterparts in terms of dominance at least whipping Uzbekistan 83-68 in a Level II game on Thursday.
Point guard Chada Nasr opened a third quarter barrage to pull Lebanon away from the determined Uzbeks.
The 26-year-old Antranik superstar in Lebanese womens league scored 12 of her game-high 23 points as Lebanon overpowered their Middle Asian rivals 26-13 in the third period to seal the issue.
It wasnt easy in the early minutes, Nasr said.
I guess it was a mixture of nerves and early blues, she said.
It was in the second half that we actually began to roll, Lebanon coach Elie Nasr added.
But lets not forget we are playing the FIBA Asia Women Championship after eight years. Which means this is the first FIBA Asia competition for this team. So I guess such early hiccups were expected, he added.
American Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt), naturalized recently by Lebanon, chipped in with 19 points, in a 58% (7/12) field record.
Anderson also collected a game-high eight rebounds.
Irina Averyanova was the highest scorer for Uzbekistan, but 15 of her 21 points came in the first half.
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Day 1, Level 2 Round-Up - Philippines overcome Malaysia; Lebanon, Kazakhstan win - Sep. 17, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Philippines showed a lot of guts and gumption in quelling the challenge from fellow SEABA nation Malaysia as Lebanon and Kazakhstan began their quest for a promotion on the opening day of the Level II competition of the 23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship on Thursday.
Philippines beat Malaysia, who were relegated from Level I at Incheon two years ago, 61-55.
Kazakhstan carried too many guns for Sri Lanka in their 94-40 after Lebanon had powered their way past Uzbekistan 83-68.
Point guard Chada Nasrs third quarter blitz helped Lebanon break away from an even-keeled encounter, at least in terms of scoring.
The 26-year-old Antranik superstar in Lebanese womens league scored 12 of her game-high 23 points as Lebanon overpowered their Middle Asian rivals 26-13 in the third period to seal the issue.
It wasnt easy in the early minutes, Chada Nasr said.
I guess it was a mixture of nerves and early blues, she added.
It was in the second half that we actually began to roll, Lebanon coach Elie Nasr added.
American Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt), naturalized recently by Lebanon, chipped in with 19 points, in a 58% (7/12) field record.
Irina Averyanova was the highest scorer for Uzbekistan, but 15 of her 21 points came in the first half.
Lebanon next play Malaysia, while Uzbekistan take on Sri Lanka.
For Sri Lanka, it will be their second game on the trot against a fellow Middle Asian nation.
Yelena Dots 13 points was the highest as all the 11 Kazakhstan players scored.
An 18-2 run in the opening moments of the game gave Kazakhstan the early push, a position from where they only grew in strength.
Its nice to start with a win, Kazakhstan coach Tatyana Kondius said.
Premila Beruwalage was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 13 points.
Malaysia coach Tan See Wah sounded introspective despite the loss.
We (the Malaysian National team) has been struggling for the last couple of years and we are in a transition period. In that sense, I think we played rather well, the veteran coach said.
They caught us by surprise. Of course they gave us a scare, Tan See Wahs Filipino counterpart Haydee Ong said.
Sylvia Valencia used all her experience to good stead for the Philippines and top scored the game with 15 points, in an otherwise all-round scoring pattern,
Kew Suik Mays 14 points was the highest for Malaysia.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


KAZ / SRI Kazakhstan overpower Sri Lanka - Sep. 17, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Yelena Dots 13 points was the highest in an all-scoring team as Kazakhstan overpowered Sri Lanka 94-40 in a Level II game on Thursday.
An 18-2 run in the opening moments of the game gave Kazakhstan the early push, a position from where they only grew in strength.
Kazakhstan played with only 11 players and coach Tatyana Kondius fielded all of them for more than 14 minutes each.
All of them scored, six of them in double digits.
Its nice to start with a win, Kondius said.
The margin is not very important, but its nice way to prepare for the tougher battles ahead, she added.
Natalya Kuzmicheva (192-F/C-76)a and Anna Kucheryavykh both scored 12 points each.
Oxana Ivanova, who played a stellar role in steering Kazakhstan to the Level I promotion in the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women at Medan last year, recorded the first double-double of the Championship.
The 19-year-old collected 10 rebounds to go with as many points.
Premila Beruwalage was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 13 points.


LIB/UZB Lebanon announce their return in style - Sep. 17, 2009 
CHENNAI (23rd FIBA Asia Women Championship) - Lebanon began their quest for glory in FIBA Asia womens competition in style a style that came close to the manner of their male counterparts in terms of dominance at least whipping Uzbekistan 83-68 in a Level II game on Thursday.
Point guard Nasr Chada (83) opened a third quarter barrage to pull Lebanon away from the determined Uzbeks.
The 26-year-old Antranik superstar in Lebanese womens league scored 12 of her game-high 23 points as Lebanon overpowered their Middle Asian rivals 26-13 in the third period to seal the issue.
It wasnt easy in the early minutes, Nasr said.
I guess it was a mixture of nerves and early blues, she said.
It was in the second half that we actually began to roll, Lebanon coach Elie Nasr added.
But lets not forget we are playing the FIBA Asia Women Championship after eight years. Which means this is the first FIBA Asia competition for this team. So I guess such early hiccups were expected, he added.
American Chantelle Anderson (199-C-81, college: Vanderbilt), naturalized recently by Lebanon, chipped in with 19 points, in a 58% (7/12) field record.
Anderson also collected a game-high eight rebounds.
Irina Averyanova was the highest scorer for Uzbekistan, but 15 of her 21 points came in the first half.

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