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.

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