Results from Day 1 of the U25 Wheelchair Basketball Championships in St. Catharines

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Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 9:47am EDT

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I have developed a soft spot for Wheelchair Basketball after interviewing team Canada head coach Michael Broughton of Toronto and Gabby Roberts-Winter of Saskatoon. This week in St. Catharine's Ontario the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is hosting the first ever Women's U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships. I previously wrote about these championships here.

If you cannot wait for our daily recap, you can follow along with the games on-line via web feed or check the scores soon after the games end.

Day 1 Results

Germany v. Japan (63-50) Group B
In the opening game of the tournament Germany pulled out a victory over Japan 63-50 in Group B action. Mareike Adermann, who is also on the Sr. Women’s National Team, led the offensive charge for Germany, shooting 14-for-25 from field goal range and scoring a game-high 32 points. Annabel Breuer added 12 points. Moe Uchimi had a team-high 17 points and Mari Amimoto had 18 points for Japan.

Great Britain v. Australia (45-57) Group A

This was a tough back and forth game with Australia pulling ahead to a 57-45 victory over Great Britain. One of Great Britain’s Sr. Women’s National Team members, 2008 Beijing Paralympic alumni Helen Freeman, ran into foul trouble in the first quarter and was forced to leave the game. During her absence, Great Britain had just four points in the second quarter leaving the score at half-time as 25-13 for Australia. When Freeman returned, both teams matched up evenly but Great Britain could not overcome the first half deficit and ended the game behind 57-45.

Australia was led by 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games bronze medallist Cobi Crispin who shot 10-for-11 from field goal range and scoring a game-high 21 points. Amber Merrit was the second-highest scorer on the team with 16 points. Helen Freeman and Amy Conroy contributed 16 points each for Great Britain.

United States v. Mexico (61-36) Group A

The United States, one of the favourites in this tournament, kicked off their action with a decisive win over Mexico, 61-36. Team Mexico was disadvantaged when their leading scorer fouled out early. The United States lead early in this one, with a 32-17 lead at half-time. The powerhouse Americans were too much for Mexico as their sharp shooters took control of the game.
Two members of the American Sr. Women’s National Team and gold medallists at the 2010 World Championships, Rebecca Murray and Desiree Miller, each scored 16 points for the USA, and Rose Hollerman added an additional 12 points. Leading scorers for Mexico were Floralia Estrada with an impressive game leading 19 points Anaisa Perez with 16. Isabel Lopez of Mexico lead the game with an impressive 11 rebounds.

Canada v. South Africa(62-15) Group B
The home team took the court Friday evening and opened their tournament with a monster 62-15 win over South Africa. Canada was no doubt excited to be opening the first ever U25 world tournament on home soil. Canada lead this game early, having gone ahead with a 15-3 lead after the first quarter and 32-9 at half-time. South Africa was still trying to get their feet wet as this game progressed as this was their first time competing in a tournament at this level.

Team Canada was lead by Paralympian Cindy Oullet, who scored 17 points and added 18 rebounds and 10 assists for the triple double. Abby Stubbert was the game's leading scorer with 19 points.South Africa was led by Kelebogile Moeng who had 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Upcoming Games

Today (Saturday) features another four games (all times Eastern):

July 16 10:00 5 MEX GBR
July 16 12:15 6 RSA GER
July 16 14:45 7 AUS USA
July 16 17:00 8 JPN CAN

Don't forget to watch the games online live! Check back tomorrow for a full recap!

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