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From Michael Pointer: Pike girls basketball coach Armstrong helps U-17 U.S. team win world title

To do something like this, I’m living the dream,” said Armstrong, who has a 303-202 record in 24 seasons at Perry Meridian and led the Falcons to the Class 4A title game in 2003. “To get a chance to coach internationally and work with USA Basketball is more than anyone could hope for.”

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USA Women Capture Inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship Gold Medal With 92-62 Win Over Host France – USA Leads 12-Team Tournament In 13 of 19 Team Statistical Categories

From Chris Hansen at HoopGurlz: Gold Standard

It seemed like a recipe for disaster. France was bombing away from 3-point range with its sixth man, 2,000-plus fans, pushing the team on. Key American inside player Breanna Stewart picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter and at the midway point of the second quarter the lead for the USA was just four points.

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U-17 FIBA Finals: LIVE streaming or LIVE stats.

11:30am EST.

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11:30am: USA U-17 v. China stats or streaming.

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No commentary.
And no, I will not tell you who won. You’ll just have to click to find out!

Mike Flynn of BlueStar blogged from France.

Chris Hansen of HoopGurlz writes about the USA/Spain game.

You can get USA Basketball’s take on the game here.

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The U-17’s are on their horses. From Chris Hansen at HoopGurlz:

It was just one of those matchups for the Japanese. The American team has struggled most when the game is slowed down, yet Japan is at its best running. Playing up and down did net the Japanese 71 points, the highest total against the U.S. so far, but it also allowed Team USA 133 points, the highest total so far in the tournament.

On the other hand, this game could have been ripe for an upset as there was nothing to gain in seeding since the USA locked up first place in the pool with its win Tuesday over Turkey.

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USA U17 Women Cruise Past Canada 114-57

“Since we’ve come back together, I think (today) is the first time we have played really hard for 40 minutes and haven’t had a lot of lapses, so I’m pleased with the effort for 40 minutes, pleased with the focus,” said Barbara Nelson, USA U17 and Wingate University head coach. “A couple of girls who have been struggling with their shooting found their shot today, which was very important for us. So, we’re pretty pleased about that, that we were able to spread the scoring around a little more.”

Looks like Chris Hansen of HoopGurlz agrees: Running Away

For the first time during the FIBA U17 World Championships the American team came storming out of the gates. Ball movement and shots in the flow of the game lead to the U.S. team finding its rhythm early and often, and ultimately a 114-57 win over Canada.

“Mentally we broke down a little bit and they hit some tough shots,” Canadian head coach Jacqueline Lavallee said.The U.S. is a team that as soon as you make one mistake they are going to punish you for it. So we had to limit those mistakes and unfortunately we lost focus in that second half.”

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From USA basketball – USA U17 Women Crush Russia 82-38

“Today I felt like the first half, they really controlled the tempo,” said Barbara Nelson, USA U17 and Wingate University head coach. “Russia did a great job of controlling the game and controlling the tempo and forcing us to play how they wanted to play. In the second half we tried to work really hard at playing our style, and we had some success a little bit early in the third quarter, which kind of fed our confidence a little bit.”

And from FIBA:

Mali vs Spain

France vs Turkey

US vs Russia

Australia vs China

Standings

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‘ cause it’s always good to keep an eye on the competition:

Belgium vs Mali

Canada vs Turkey

Australia vs Spain

Russia vs Japan

China vs Argentina

Oh, yes, and US vs. France

Group Standings http://france2010.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/10/fu17wc/women/p/group-standing.html

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the itty-bits got beat by the Australians and then defeated the Spaniards.

Hey, better in the exhibition that in the actual tournament, which starts on the 16th.

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the itty-bits are stomping the Canadians.

The 2010 USA Women’s U17 World Championship Team (1-0) put the first points on the board in its exhibition game against Canada (0-1) and never looked back. Racing to a 20-9 first quarter lead, the USA went on to secure a convincing 93-47 win over Canada on July 9 in Alagon, Spain.

Here’s the FIBA website where you can watch the games when the tourney starts.

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