Brazil Defeats Argentina 69-60 To Reach 2013 FIBA Americas For Women Semifinals

BrazilBrazil formalized their entry into the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Americas For Women after winning their third-straight win as many games in the tournament currently being held in Mexico.

The Brazilian squad moved closer to successfully defending their title after escaping with a hard-earned 69-60 win over Argentina on Wednesday night in Xalapa, Mexico.

In a rematch of the finals of the past two editions of the FIBA Americas for Women, the defending champions started out strong with a 10-3 run, but Argentina countered with their own 9-3 blast to end the first period with a 19-18 lead.

Brazil took control in the second period anew as they took a 33-27 lead heading into the half-time break. The break did not slow them down as the increased their lead to nine points, 54-45, heading into the final period.

In the final period, Argentina stunned the Brazilians as they got into their groove. The Argentineans unleashed a 12-2 rally to take a one-point lead, 57-56 – their first taste of the lead in the second half. However, Brazil answered back and kept their opponents at bay en route to the 69-60 win.

Damiris Dantas Do Amaral had a double-double performance with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Karla Cristina Martins Da Costa and Clarissa Cristina Dos Santos added 13 and 12 points apiece.

With the win, Brazil clinched the first spot in Group A and will go up either against Canada or Cuba in the semifinals. Argentina, on the other hand, will wait and see how the final day will transpire to know their fate in this year’s tournament.

Brazil Starts FIBA Americas Championship For Women 2013 With Two-Straight Wins

brazil womenBrazil started their title defense in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women with two-straight resounding victories in the first two days of the tournament.

In the tournament-opener on Saturday, the defending champions scored an emphatic 91-54 victory over Puerto Rico to jump start their three-peat bid on a high note.

Clarissa Dos Santos was an unstoppable force for Brazil as she finished with 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the field, while also racking up eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Adriana Pinto and Damiris Dantas Do Amaral also had a share of the spotlight for Brazil as they added 15 points apiece, while Tatiane Nascimiento added 12 points.

Their impressive opener was followed by another stellar performance, this time against a hapless Dominican Republic, which was trumped by the Brazilians, 107-43, on Sunday.

Nadia Colhado sparked the Brazilians this time as he finished with 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds and three assists, while Nascimiento posted 15 points. Dos Santos added 13 points and eight boards, while Patricia Da Paixao chipped in 11 points.

Brazil imposed their will on the rebounding department, grabbing a total of 49 boards compared to just 25 of the Dominicans, while also winning the assists battle with 27-8 dimes margin.

Brazil will look to make it three-in-a-row and solidify their semifinal hopes when they go up against familiar foe Argentina today in the third game of day four action of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

Brazil Completes 2013 FIBA Americas First Round Sweep With 97-45 Rout Of Mexico

Brazil postBrazil have already clinched the top spot in Group A and a spot in the semifinals, but they did not slow down in the final day of the first round of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

The defending champions displayed their deadly form anew as they scored an impressive 97-45 romp host Mexico on Wednesday night in Xalapa, Mexico.

Egged on by the partisan crowd in Xalapa, the Mexicans had a promising start but Brazil quickly got into their rhythm and build a 23-14 lead after the first period.

The Brazilian squad then stepped on the gas on the defensive end of the floor in the second period, tallying total of seven steals and had 17 fastbreak points. Brazil led by as much as 17 points before ending the half with a 48-32 advantage.

The second half followed the same storyline as the first half as Brazil continued to pound on the Mexicans on both ends of the floor en route to the dominating 52-point victory.

Patricia Texeira led five double-digit scorers for Brazil with 15 points to go along with five assists, Tatiane Pacheco added 14 points. Damiris Dantas Do Amaral and Nadia Gomes Colhado added 12 points apiece, while Clarissa Dos Santos had a double-double performance with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Brazil, which ruled the last two editions of the FIBA Americas, will look to advance to the finals when they take on Cuba in the semifinals on Friday. Canada, which also went undefeated in their first four games this season, will face Puerto Rico in the other semi-final pairing.

Brazil Suffers 72-68 Upset Loss Against Cuba In 2013 FIBA Americas Championship For Women

brazil cubaBrazil started the tournament with a lot of promise and showed why they were considered as the team to beat by dominating their opponents in the first round, but they will go home without the title they won in the last two editions of FIBA Americas.

The Brazilians failed to defend their title as they absorbed a painful 72-68 loss against Cuba on Thursday in the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Xalapa, Mexico.

Cuba stunned the Brazilians with a strong start as they quickly built a 14-4 lead in the first six minutes of the match and ended the first quarter with a 22-15 lead.

The Cuban squad kept the momentum on their side as they dominated their Brazilian counterparts on both ends of the floor to build a commanding 40-21 advantage at the half.

But as expected, the Brazilians will not go down without giving a good fight as they entered the second half with fire on their eyes, dominating the third period to trim the lead down to six points, 55-49, heading into the final period of the match.

Brazil pressured Cuba in the final period, but the Cubans displayed tremendous composure, halting several comeback attempts from the Brazilians en route to the thrilling victory.

Clenia Noblet finished with a double-double, racking up 18 points to go along with 12 points, while Leidys Oquendo added17 points. Oyanaisy Gelis had 13 points, while Marlen Cepeda posted 10 points and 13 rebounds for Cuba, which dominated the battle of the boards, 40-27.

Cuba will battle Canada for the gold medal, while Brazil will look to salvage some pride in the bronze medal match against Puerto Rico.

Brazil Secures Bronze Medal, Earns Ticket To The 2014 FIBA World Cup In Turkey

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Brazil failed to defend the title but they secured a spot to the 2014 FIBA World Cup after grabbing the bronze medal in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

The Brazilians, which bagged the gold in the 2009 and 2011 editions of FIBA America, scored a hard-earned 66-56 victory over Puerto Rico in the bronze medal match.

Coming from a painful defeat to Cuba in the semifinals, Brazil had a slow start but they still managed to take a precarious 19-18 lead at the end of the first period.

After a slow start, the Brazilians shifted to next gear in the second period to take control of the game with a commanding 38-28 lead heading into the break.

Brazil controlled the pace of the game in the second half and kept the Puerto Rican squad at bay. Puerto Rico had several comeback attempts, but the Brazilians halted all of it en route to the victory.

Tatiane Pacheco had an outstanding night as she finished with 18 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists, while Clarissa Dos Santos had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Brazil.

Jazmine Sepulveda, on the other hand, led the Puerto Rican squad with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Ashley Prim and Carla Cortijo added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s tormentor in the semifinals, Cuba, bagged the gold medal in the tournament with a 79-71 victory over Canada in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship finale.

Cuba, Canada, and Brazil all booked a ticket to next year’s FIBA World Cup that will be staged in Turkey.

Érika de Souza Vows to Help Brazil Win a Medal in 2016


Érika de Souza, WNBA star for the Atlanta Dream who made it again to the WNBA Finals has vowed to help her Brazil National team to win a medal in the 2016 Olympics hosted in Brazil.

She is the type that draws attention . From the top of her 1.97 m , with strong posture , determined look and a collection of tattoos to adorn the musculature , the pivot Erika is back to Brazil to play the Brazilian League Women ( LBF ) by Sport Recife . It is the club for which he was champion last year and wants to fight for the billion this year. The athlete returned after his team , the Atlanta Dream , lost the final American League for the WNBA Minnesota Lynx . Because of this playoff deciding she could not play the Copa America , Mexico, where Brazil won the seat for the World -2014 , in Turkey .

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Uruguay Puts Brazil On Brink Of Elimination With 79-73 In 2013 FIBA Americas

batista postBrazil head into the tournament with a lot of hopes but they are now on the verge of getting eliminated in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship For Men after absorbing their third-straight defeat.

Uruguay withstood several comeback attempts and held on to a huge 79-73 win over Brazil in the second to the last day of preliminary round actions in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.

Esteban Batista rose to occasion for Uruguay as he finished with 22 points, while also adding 13 rebounds and two steals for Venezuela, who kept the Brazilians at bay for almost the entire match.

Brazil took a 4-2 lead at the 8:31 mark of the first period, but Uruguay wrestled control from that point, taking the lead one minute later and never let the Brazilians get a taste of the lead again for the entire match.

Uruguay almost succumbed to the pressure in the final period though. After taking an 11-point lead with only 9:21 left to play in the game, Brazil pulled within one point, 63-62, in the 5:37 mark of the game.

Good thing for them, they were able to regroup quickly and unleashed an 8-0 run to get a lot of breathing room and held on to the hard-earned victory, which is their second win in three games.

Leandro Garcia also had a productive night for Uruguay with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, while Nicolas Mazzarino added 14 points.

With the win, Uruguay solidified their grip on the third spot in Group A behind Puerto Rico and Canada, while Brazil dropped to 0-3 – tied for the last spot in their group.

Uruguay will face Canada on Tuesday with the winner taking the second spot in the group, while Brazil and Jamaica will collide for fourth and final ticket to the second round of the tournament.

The complete stats of Uruguay – Brazil match is available on FIBA Live Stats.

Brazil Womens National Team Preparing To Defend FIBA Americas Championship Title

Photo: Gaspar Nóbrega / Divulgação CBB

Photo: Gaspar Nóbrega / Divulgação CBB

Brazil Womens National Team are preparing for the FIBA Americas Championship hosted in Mexico, for a direct ticket to the World Championships in Spain next year 2014. The tournament will take place from September 21 until September 28. Brazil as defending champion of FIBA Americas will be in Group “B” facing: Puerto Rico, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Mexico. In Group A will contain: Canada, Chile , Cuba , Jamaica and Venezuela.

Preliminary Roster

  • Adriana Moisés Pinto
  • Clarissa Cristina dos Santos
  • Damiris Dantas do Amaral
  • Débora Fernandes da Costa
  • Érika Cristina de Souza
  • Fabiana Caetano de Souza
  • Fernanda da Costa Bibiano
  • Izabela Morais de Andrade
  • Jaqueline de Paula Silvestre
  • Joice dos Santos Coelho
  • Karla Cristina Martins da Costa
  • Nadia Gomes Colhado
  • Patrícia de Oliveira Ferreira
  • Patrícia Teixeira Ribeiro
  • Tainá Mayara da Paixão
  • Tatiane Pacheco Nascimento

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Cory Joseph Propels Canada To Huge 91-62 Win Over Brazil

Cory Joseph scored 28 points to lead Canada to their second win in three games in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela.

Cory Joseph scored 28 points to lead Canada to their second win in three games in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela.

Canada bounced back from a disappointing loss with an impressive 91-62 blowout victory over Brazil in the third day of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Cory Joseph, who was limited to four points in their 83-67 loss to Puerto Rico on Saturday, found his touch on Sunday night as he finished with 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

“He’s got a great mix going right now of finding other guys and contributing in points by himself,” said Canada head coach Jay Triano on Joseph, who played for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA last season.

Jermaine Anderson provided spark from the bench as well, contributing 14 points and three assists. Andrew Nicholson, another player with NBA experience, had 13 points, while Andrew Rautins finished with 12 points for Canada.

Canada built a 12-7 lead in the first four minutes of the match before Brazil found their rhythm and took a three-point lead after the first 10 minutes of the game.

Brazil were still ahead by three points, 31-28, in the 5:22 mark of the game, but Canada suddenly took control by unleashing a huge 16-3 run to end the half with a 44-34 lead. The Canadians dominated the third period as well, outscoring Brazil, 24-12, and they never looked backed en route to the huge 29-point victory.

“Three games in three days, I was really pleased with the energy level that we had. I think we matched if not had a better energy level than Brazil, who had a day off yesterday,” said Triano after the game.

Canada will take a much-needed rest on Monday night, while Brazil will look to regroup when they take on Uruguay in the third game of day four of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next year.

For complete stats of the Canada – Brazil match, you can check the 2013 FIBA Americas official box score.

Brazil Absorbs 72-65 Defeat Against Puerto Rico In 2013 FIBA Americas Opener

Puerto Rico celebrates after scoring an impressive 72-65 win over rival Brazil in the 2013 FIBA Americas preliminary round.

Puerto Rico celebrates after scoring an impressive 72-65 win over rival Brazil in the 2013 FIBA Americas preliminary round.

Puerto Rico leaned on an impressive fourth-quarter performance to start their 2013 FIBA Americas Championship campaign with a 72-65 win over Brazil on Friday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Trailing by three points after the first three periods, Puerto Rico played with a lot of sense of urgency in the final 10 minutes of the match as veterans Jose Juan Barea and Renaldo Balkman taking over for their squad, outscoring the Brazilians by 10 in the entire fourth quarter.

Balkman was an immovable force inside the paint as he finished with 27 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field in 37 minutes of playing time, while also tallying eight rebounds and four blocks.

John Holland also had a productive night for Puerto Rico as well with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Barea tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Veteran guard Carlos Arroyo failed to find his touch, finishing with just seven points on 2-for-9 shooting from the field.

Both teams struggled to find their touch from the three-point region with Puerto Rico shooting just 15 percent (2-for-13), while Brazil had a slightly-better 24-percent clip (4-for-17).

Free-throw shooting proved to be the difference in the match with the Puerto Ricans converting 22 of their 28 free-throw attempts, while the Brazilians went 15-for-20 from the 15-foot line. Puerto Rico had five blocks compared to just one from Brazil.

Marcelo Huertas, a veteran of international basketball competitions, finished with 16 points and five assists for Brazil, while Guilherme Giovannoni while Vitor Benite added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Puerto Rico will look to take their second win in as many days when they face Canada on Saturday, while Brazil takes a free day.

The Brazilians, who are playing in the tournament without stars Tiago Splitter and Anderson Varejao, will resume their campaign on Sunday against Canada as well.