Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Women's Jones Cup - Two OT games highlight first day action

The women's Jones Cup tournament followed highly popular men's competition with dramatical results, featuring two overtime games in three games of the first day as Taiwan NT beat Japan NT, 95-92, and Italy NT edged Australia U-18 NT, 78-70. New Zealand U-20 NT also surprised Korean's WKBL All-Star 2nd Team in a 72-65 win.

Taiwan forward Liu Chun-yi made two free-throws with 15 seconds to go in the first overtime to ensure the victory for Taiwan Women's NT, which is seeking its third consecutive title in the Jones Cup. Liu had 24 points to go with Chiang Feng-Chun's 27 points.

Ryoko Utsumi led Japan with 26 points while Yuko Oga had 20 points. 192cm center Kumiko Yamada scored 18 points.

Taiwan led 39-38 at halftime and led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter.

Italy 78-70(OT) Australia (38-24, 64-64)
ITA - Laura Macchi 27p+5rb+4s, Raffaella Masciadri 12p, Simona Ballardini 10p+4rb+7s
AUS - Abby Bishop 18p+10rb, Katie Rae Ebzery 11p+7rb, Cayla Francis 10p+7rb+5a+3s

New Zealand 72-65 Korea WKBL (36-20)
NZ - Lisa Wallbutton 15p+10rb, Jessica McCormack 13p+8rb
KOR - Han Chae-jin 26p, Hong Bo-ra 23p

Standings: (Single round robin)
Taiwan 1-0
Italy 1-0
New Zealand 1-0
Australia 0-1
Japan 0-1
Korea 0-1