Monday, June 25, 2012

Hollingsworth, Machanguana come up big in Olympic qualifier

Quanitra Hollingsworth paid instant dividends for Turkey in Monday's FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament opener. Meanwhile, Clarisse Machanguana turned in a LeBron James-quality performance for Mozambique. Problem is, her team apparently doesn't have a Dwyane Wade or a Chris Bosh to help her out.

Hollingsworth, the former VCU star who recently obtained Turkish citizenship to bolster the nation's bid for a spot in the London Olympics, tied for team-high honors with 13 points and pulled down a game-high 9 rebounds as Turkey knocked off Puerto Rico 65-53 in the first round of pool play. Turkey will face Japan on Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, Machanguana, the 38-year-old former Old Dominion star, dropped 23 points and 13 rebounds on Croatia. It wasn't nearly enough, though, as Croatia rolled to an 84-62 victory in Ankarra, Turkey. Machanguana's point total was more than double that of her next two highest-scoring teammates combined.

Mozambique will face Korea on Tuesday in the second round of pool play. The top five finishers in the 12-team tournament earn Olympic bids.

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