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.

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