Thursday, August 18, 2011

Buchan gets better, Great Britain gets beat

Old Dominion's Mairi Buchan turned in her best performance of the World University Games, but it wasn't enough as Great Britain fell to Lithuania 79-69 in a classification round Thursday in Shenzhen, China.

As for the juggernaut U.S. team, Delaware star Elena Delle Donne scored the first eight points of the game and tied for team-high honors with 17 in the contest as Team USA filleted Finland 96-30 in quarterfinal acton. Notre Dame's Devereaux Peters also scored 17 points for the U.S., whose 66-point margin of victory was high even by this team's dominating standards. The U.S. had won its previous three games by an average of just over 52 points. The unbeaten (and untested) U.S. (4-0) will face Australia in the semifinals Friday at 8:30 a.m. The Aussies (4-0) advanced with a 79-44 victory over Canada. Chinese Taipei (4-0) will play Sweden (3-1) in the other semifinal. The gold medal game will be played on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Remember to keep up with Delle Donne's exploits through her video diary.

For Great Britain, Buchan had personal tournament highs in points (6), rebounds (7) and minutes played (21) as she continues rounding into form after a year-long absence from competitive play because of injuries. After starting Great Britain's first three games, Buchan came off the bench against Lithuania but wound up being on the court longer than all but three other Great Britain players. Buchan's Lady Monarchs teammate Becca Allison contributed 2 points in 8 minutes. Chantelle Handy led Great Britain with 19 points.

The loss was Great Britain's third straight since a tournament-opening victory over Slovakia.

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