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Basketball - 30. October 2007.

FIBA - CSKA beat USA Basketball Select to title




Ilona Korstin and Maria Stepanova, fresh off a gold-medal winning performance with Russia at the EuroBasket Women in Italy, each poured in 16 points in a 75-65 triumph in Ekaterinburg.

Ann Wauters finished with 11 points, and EuroBasket Women MVP Amaya Valdemoro and American Nicole Powell poured in nine apiece.

The victory avenged an 81-72 defeat to the Americans in the preliminary round.

CSKA, who have moved from Samara to Moscow this season, stretched a 40-34 lead at half-time to 64-52 by the end of the third quarter and marched to victory.

The triumph will ease some of the pressure on CSKA after they finished third in the EuroLeague Women last season and second in the Russian Superleague, with Spartak Moscow Region winning the titles in both.

Janel McCarville had a game-high 18 points in defeat for the USA Select.

In the third place game, Ekaterinburg hammered CBA Beijing 91-69 behind Sandrine Gruda's 26 points.

Gruda is the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year.

Australia's Suzy Batkovic finished with 17 and six rebounds, and Poland's Agnieszka Bibrzycka scored 15 and grabbed eight boards.

Lijie Miao, a player in Tom Maher's Chinese national team, had a game-high 31 points in defeat.

Hungarian giants MiZo Pecs throttled Canberra Capitals 73-38 in the battle for fifth place and Basketball Club Habana defeated TEO Vilnius 78-73 in the play-off for seventh place.

Jeff Taylor
FIBA

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