2010 Women’s World Championship Roundup: USA Back on Top

One the most successful editions of the World Basketball Championship for Women ended today with a bang as the star-studded USA squad reclaimed the title in the 2010 Worlds in Czech Republic on Sunday.

As expected, a mammoth crowd filled the Karlovy Vary Arena in support of the Czech Republic Women’s National Basketball Team, but the Americans spoiled the party with an 89-69 dominating win in finals match of this year’s biggest women’s basketball event.

The host team was able to stay within striking distance in the first half and was down by just points at the half, but USA leaned on their superb talent to outscore Czech Republic, 34-17, in the third period to pull away en route to the gold medal finish.

Despite the heartbreaking defeat in the finals, the Czech Republic squad earned a lot of praises from their fans and the USA team as well.

Czech Republic was not considered as one of the favorites in this year’s championship, but they were able to defy all odds and played with their hearts out every game to earn an unexpected trip to the finals.

“I can't tell you how impressed I am with their coach and his style of play,” Auriemma said. “That was the best team we played in the entire tournament without question. We're fortunate to be world champions.”

Czech star Hana Horakova, who posted an average of 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per contest, was named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and she said that she’s very proud of what they have accomplished this year.

“Before this tournament no one would think we'd be among the best four teams,” Horakova said. “Definitely not speaking about world championship medals, this is the celebration it deserves and definitely will go on tonight.”

On the other hand, Spain also made noise today as they bagged their first ever medal in the women’s world championship when they defeated Belarus, 77-68, in the Bronze medal match prior to the finals.

Sancho Lyttle spearheaded their attack, but Amaya Valdemoro took the spotlight as she finally had a successful world championship stint for her country.

“I’ve won many things in my career, but I never expected to win this,” said Valdemoro, who went out of the game because of an injury, but still earned praises from their head coach, Jose Hernandez.

"I'm so happy for her," Hernandez said. "She's played for 14 or 15 years and is one of the best in Spain's history."

According the FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann, this year’s world championship was a huge success in terms of attendance, broadcasts, and competitiveness of the games.

Baumann said that the attendance increased by 60 percent as compared to the 2006 edition, and the games were broadcast in almost 150 countries compared to 78 in Brazil four years ago.

“In terms of sport, it's no doubt that the competition standard is growing higher and higher, there are more competitive games, more upsets than the 2008 Olympic Games,” Baumann added.

2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women
Final Rankings

  • 1. USA (Gold Medal)
  • 2. Czech Republic (Silver Medal)
  • 3. Spain (Bronze Medal)
  • 4. Belarus
  • 5. Australia
  • 6. France
  • 7. Russia
  • 8. Korea
  • 9. Brazil
  • 10. Japan
  • 11. Greece
  • 12. Canada
  • 13. Mali
  • 14. Senegal
  • 15. China
  • 16. Argentina

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