The Netherlands and Germany women made a clean sweep of each of their respective pools as they finished the pool stages today.
The first pool game was a top of the table clash between host Germany and China, with whoever winning finishing top of pool B. Germany came out the stronger of the two teams and the towering presence of both Mareike Miller and Marina Mohnen proved a problem for the Chinese and the Germans took a 12-point lead into the half. China rallied and won the third quarter, but it wasn’t to be enough as Germany sealed the game in the fourth and extended their lead to finish the game, 58-42.
Germany’s Head Coach, Martin Otto, said “I’m very happy with this match today, we played well together in the offense and we created a lot of chances. Now we are in the quarter-finals, what was before does not count anymore. You lose, you’re out, the men’s competition have seen this as a tournament of surprises, so we’re just focusing our attention on the next game.”
USA confirmed third position in pool B as they produced a professional display against fellow American Zone counterpart, Argentina, to win 66-30.
USA Head Coach, Trooper Johnson, said, “It was a good game. Due to the clear result, we were able to give our younger players a lot of playing time, especially in the second half. The next game will be hard. The knockout phase is a whole new tournament.”
With their second victory of the tournament, France secured fourth in pool B and therefore a quarter-final place with a 73-28 over Algeria.
Algeria Head coach, Djawed Sigh, said, “First of all I have to thank the many Algerian fans and I am very satisfied with my team: We started well and played very good defense in the first quarter, we can usually keep up at the beginning of a game but build in the course of a match We just do not have the experience to keep our level a complete game.”
France Head Coach, Lucas Gerdemeyrier, said, “The team showed their great personality today, we had relatively difficult games before, we wanted to move into the quarter-finals and we’ve achieved our goal today, congratulations to Algeria and their fans here in the hall: they really produced a great atmosphere. “
In the biggest upset of the day, Spain overturned the Australian Gliders, 48-43, and moved through to the quarter-finals of a World Championships for the first time in their history The Gliders, who were missing influential player Kylie Gauci, who has left the tournament to return home for personal reasons, struggled with poor shooting throughout the game. Despite attempting 21 more shots than their opponent and forcing them into 34 turnovers they could not convert shooting at only 26% throughout the game.
Spain’s Head Coach, Abraham Carrion, said “Yesterday we won our first game at a World Championships, today it worked out again, it’s a great honour for my players. It’s just a dream that we’re in the quarter-finals now, we want to go on dreaming, tomorrow we want to fulfil the next one.”
The final game of the day for the women’s competition saw Netherlands claim the top spot in group A, defeating Great Britain, 66-41.
THURSDAY 23RD AUGUST
09:30 – PL 9-12 – BRA (W) v ARG (W)
11:45 – QF1 – CHN (W) v CAN (W)
14:00 – QF2 – GBR (W) v USA (W)
18:00 – QF3 – NED (W) v FRA (W)
20:15 – QF4 – GER (W) v ESP (W)
10:00 – PL 9-12 – AUS (W) v ALG (W)
12:15 – PL 5-8 – ESP (M) v TUR (M)
14:30 – PL 5-8 – ARG (M) v POL (M)
17:30 – PL 15/16 – BRA (M) v MAR (M)
19:45 – PL 13/14 – GER (M) v KOR (M)
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Photos and quotes courtesy of Rollstuhlbasketball WM 2018 Hamburg – MSSP Michael Schwartz / Uli Gasper