Sat, Aug 18, 2007 - Page 20 News List

Aussie women win basketball gold

AP , BANGKOK

Aliya Yussupova of Kazakhstan performs in the final of the women's rhythmic gymnastic competition at the 24th World University Games in Pathumthani Province, Thailand, yesterday.

PHOTO: AP

Australia won gold in women's basketball at the World University Games yesterday, beating Russia 85-65 in the final. After losing its opening game to Brazil, Australia won five in a row to take the title.

"We played our best game of the tournament when it mattered," Australia coach Carrie Graf said. "We proved that we were typical of an Aussie team. We played great defense and were relentlessly persistent."

Sam Richards, a member of the Australian Olympic team, scored a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Guard Jess Foley added 21 points and point guard Nat Hurst 15.

Taiwan beat the US women's team 71-62 to take fifth place. Tsai Pei-chen led Taiwan with 16 while Danielle Burgin had 18 for the Americans, represented by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

The US men's basketball team, represented by the University of Northern Iowa, beat Israel 63-57 to finish in ninth place. Lithuania plays Serbia in the men's gold medal game today.

Unbeaten Canada scored five runs in its last at-bat -- the bottom of the seventh inning -- to beat Taiwan 5-4 in the softball gold medal final.

Taiwan, which beat Japan 7-0 earlier yesterday to advance to the final, went ahead 3-0 after the first inning and led 4-0 before Canada staged its late rally.

Less than five months after Chinese divers won nine of 10 gold medals at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia, the country is doing similar in Bangkok.

Yesterday, 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist Lao Lishi won the women's 10-meter platform and Peng Bo and Luo Yutong finished one-two in the men's 3-meter springboard.

That followed up Zhang Xinhua's win Thursday in the men's 1-meter event.

Peng and Zhang combined later yesterday to win the men's synchronized 3m springboard, giving China its fourth diving gold of the Games.

The dive wins helped China, host of the Beijing Olympics in less than a year, move past Russia and into first place in the gold medal race.

China, which has 30 golds, is expected to add to its total when four more dive events are contested on the final day today.

Danielle McVeigh of Ireland won the women's golf gold, shooting a 4-over 76 yesterday in the final round to finish the tournament at 4-over 292.

Diana Cantu of Mexico finished four strokes back to win the silver, closing with a 71 Friday, while Hiroko Ayada of Japan took the bronze, shooting a 73 yesterday and finishing another stroke back overall.

Mexico won gold in the tight women's team competition, finishing with a 601 aggregate total, one better than Ireland.

The US took the bronze, another stroke back. American Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana had a closing 71, Mary Ellen Jacobs 75 and Selanee Henderson 85.

Montenegro beat Italy 11-8 to win the men's water polo gold medal, while Hungary edged Spain 9-8 to take bronze.

Elsewhere today, Canada plays Turkey for the men's volleyball gold -- Italy takes on the US for bronze -- ahead of the closing ceremonies of the 24th summer edition of the University Games.

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