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Paralympic sports - 09. September 2008.

FIBA/IBWF – Canada women steamroll Dutch on day two of wheelchair event

BEIJING (Women Wheelchair Basketball) - The second day of the Women's Wheelchair Basketball tournament ended with wins for Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States on Monday.

Canada beats the Netherlands 59-32

Reigning world champions Canada overpowered the Netherlands 59-32 to win their first pool B preliminary game.

Canada's tally included 44 points in the paint. They score- 16 points gained off 22 Netherlands turnovers. Three Canadian players scored in the double digits, including Los Angeles’ 1984 Olympian Misty Thomas, who led her team in rebounds (10) and assists (6).

The Netherlands held the lead only once in the game, but had 46 rebounds compared to the Canadian team's 36 rebounds. None of the Dutch players scored more than eight points. Petra Garnier had the most rebounds of the game (11), while Cher Korver had her team's most assists (4).

Canada is 1-0 and the Netherlands is 2-0 so far in the Beijing 2008 tournament.

Canada's next pool B game against Japan will take place on Tuesday at the National Indoor Stadium. The Netherlands' next pool B game, also against Japan, will take place on Wednesday at the USTB Gymnasium.

Japan 52 Mexico 34

Japan rolled to a second straight win by dominating Mexico 52-34 in pool B at the National Indoor Stadium.

Japan forward Mari Amimoto was the game's leading scorer with 28 points.

Forward Ikumi Takubo contributed 16 points and was her team's top rebounder with 10 boards.

Japan also came up with 10 steals and scored 19 points off Mexico's 26 turnovers.

Down by 10 points after three quarters, the Mexicans could not close the gap as they missed seven of their last 10 shots from the floor and misfired on their two last free throw attempts. They had more rebounds than Japan (44-28), but forward Lucia Vazquez was the only Mexican player to score in double digits with 10.

Mexico dropped to 0-2 in the tournament, while Japan remained undefeated. Both teams will play their third pool B preliminary games on Tuesday at the National Indoor Stadium (Japan vs. Canada, Mexico vs. China).

Australia trounce Brazil 66-30

Five-time Paralympian Liesl Tesch led the Australian women's team to a 66-30 demolition of Brazil in a pool A preliminary game.

Tesch registered 23 points, more than double the tally scored by any other player, to keep the Athens 2004 silver medalists undefeated after two games in the tournament. She also led the game with six steals.

Kylie Gauci had a game-high eight assists.

Brazil played aggressively, but allowed 27 turnovers which alone produced 18 of Australia's points. Lacking the Australians' aggressiveness, Brazil had two steals compared to Australia's 17. Lia Soares Martin grabbed 12 rebounds, the most of any player in the game.

Thus far in the tournament, Australia is 2-0 and Brazil 0-2. Both teams will play their third pool A game on Tuesday at the USTB Gymnasium (Australia vs. USA, Brazil vs. Great Britain)

US narrowly defeat Germany 42-38

A full-court press and good free-throw shooting made the difference as the United States edged Germany 42-38 in their first pool A preliminary game.

After leading 17-7 at the end of the first quarter, Germany gave way to the US team's full-court press and committed 22 turnovers by game's end.

The United States made only 26 percent of its field goal attempts, compared to 35 percent and 39 percent respectively by Germany. The US team outscored Germany at the foul line, which proved to be a decisive factor in the victory.

The United States only made 59 percent of their free throw, including Jen Ruddell's shot with less than a minute on the clock that gave them a five-point lead. Christina Ripp paced the US team in points scored (11) and assists (5).

Marina Monen was Germany's top scorer with 11 points. She was also the game's top rebounder with 14 rebounds.

This win brings the two teams' records to 1-0 for the United States, and Germany is 1-1.

Team USA will take on Australia in its next pool A preliminary game on Tuesday at the USTB Gymnasium.

Germany also plays Australia in their next pool A preliminary game on Wednesday at the National Indoor Stadium.


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