Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ex-VCU star now one step from Olympics

Former VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth scored 10 points despite being in foul trouble to help Turkey upend Japan 65-49 in qualifying tournament action and move to within one victory of securing a bid to the London Olympics.

With the victory, Turkey clinched first place with a 2-0 record in the three-team Group A of the 12-team tournament and will face either the Czech Republic or Argentina on Friday in the quarterfinals. A victory there will seal the country's first-ever Olympics bid for women's basketball.

Should Turkey lose in the quarterfinal, the nation would move to a four-team elimination bracket and would need two victories to secure the fifth and final Olympics bid out of the qualifying tournament.

Hollingsworth, who recently obtained Turkish citizenship to bolster the nation's hopes of qualifying, had 13 points and 9 rebounds in Monday's 65-53 opening-round victory over Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, she scored all 10 of her points in the first half but played just nine minutes after picking up her third foul before the break. She then picked up a fourth foul less than a minute into the second half and played just five of the final 20 minutes.

Argentina and the Czech Republic, which both have 1-0 records so far in Group B, will face each other on Wednesday. The loser will play Turkey in the quarterfinals.


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