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.

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 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 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.