Mohammed & Nigeria Fall to China, 71-59, in Final Game of Preliminary Round

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Aisha Mohammed on The Lawn
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM
Aisha Mohammed on The Lawn
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 15, 2006

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Virginia women's basketball junior Aisha Mohammed (Lagos, Nigeria) scored 11 points for Nigeria as the Lady Tigers fell to China, 71-59, in the final game of the preliminary round of the 2006 World Championships on Thursday.

While Nigeria has been eliminated from advancing, the Lady Tigers will compete in the classification round to determine world ranking. Nigeria will face Chinese Taipei on Sept. 16.

The forward also contributed a team-high four rebounds in 10 minutes of action. Teammate Itoro Umoh paced the Lady Tigers with 14 points, followed Mfon Sunday Udoka who added 13 points.

"Anyone who has participated in a competition knows how much it hurts to lose," said Kevin Cook, Nigeria's head coach and an assistant coach with the WNBA's Houston Comets. "I would like to congratulate Tom Maher and his team for the excellent work they did and for the progress they made. It was an excellent game. I am very proud of Nigeria, and I think you will be seeing us a lot in the forthcoming years."

"It was an excellent game. Nigeria is a very strong team, and their performance in the rebounds was a problem for us," said Tom Maher, China's head coach. "The team is much more closed than it was in the Olympic Games. Itoro Umoh played very well and was very efficient in the counter-attacks. This was also a major obstacle. I think the result was fair. We could not have won by a much bigger difference."

In Wednesday's 79-46 loss to the USA, Mohammed came off the bench for five rebounds and three free throws.

"I think we got a good notion of what it is to face some of the best basketball teams in the world. China taught us that today. It was an excellent game and I am sure all of us did out best," said Olayinka Sanni, Nigeria's pivot.

NIGERIA 59
Umoh (14), Mohammed (11), Udoka (13), Izidor (10) and Olarenwaju (2). Then: Ogunoye (0), Akiode (0), Okorie (0), Nwagbo (0), Sanni (9) and Oha (0).

CHINA 71
Song (6), Miao (22), Ren (6), X. Zhang (0) and N. Chen (13). Then: Bian (2), Jia (0), Sui (2), X. Chen (20), Liu (0) and X. Zhang (0).


2006 FIBA World Championship for Women
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Schedule/Results

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Spain 87, Korea 57
France 62, Czech Republic 58
Brazil 71, Argentina 69
Russia 84, Nigeria 50
Cuba 75, Chinese Taipei 70
Canada 65, Senegal 64
USA 119, China 72
Australia 2, Lithuania 0

Wednesday, Sept. 13 Argentina 77, Spain 64 France 100, Chinese Taipei 68 Brazil 106, Korea 86 Russia 86, China 66 Lithuania 84, Canada 58 Czech Republic 73, Cuba 51 Australia 95, Senegal 55 USA 79, Nigeria 46

Thursday, Sept. 14 Argentina 73, Korea 64 Czech Republic 72, Chinese Taipei 72 Spain 67, Brazil 66 Cuba 74, France 73 Lithuania 74, Senegal 63 USA 90, Russia 80 Australia 65, Canada 65 China 71, Nigeria 59

CLASSIFICATIONS (13-16)

Saturday, Sept. 16
Game 29- Nigeria vs. Chinese Taipei
Game 26-  Korea vs. Senegal

Sunday, Sept. 17
Loser Game 26 vs. Loser Game 29 Winner Game 26 vs. Winner Game 29



STANDINGS
Team 		Pct.	W	L	Pts.For	Pts.Ag
Group A 1. Argentina 66,7 2 1 219 199 2. Brazil 66.7 2 1 243 222 3. Spain 66.7 2 1 218 200 4. Korea 0.0 0 3 207 266

Group B 1. Australia 100.0 3 0 194 120 2. Lithuania 66.7 2 1 158 123 3. Canada 33.3 1 2 188 245 4. Senegal 0.0 0 3 182 234

Group C 1. USA 100.0 3 0 288 198 2. Russia 66.7 2 1 250 206 3. China 33.3 1 2 209 264 4. Nigeria 0.0 0 3 155 234

Group D 1. Czech Rep. 66.7 2 1 224 185 2. France 66.7 2 1 235 204 3. Cuba 66.7 1 3 204 216 4. Chi. Taipei 0.0 0 3 210 268