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    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Tiffany Hayes scored 16 points in the USA's 115-78 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday
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    Tiffany Hayes scored 16 points in the USA's 115-78 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday
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    July 7, 2009

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    WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES STANDINGS/RESULTS/SCHEDULE

    BELGRADE, Serbia - University of Connecticut women's basketball teammates Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) and Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.) combined for 36 points to lead the 2009 USA World University Games Women's Team to a 115-78 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday afternoon, and a berth in the semifinal round on Thursday.

    Charles shot 8-of-15 from the field en route to her game-high 20 points while adding six rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes of action. Charles has registered double-figure points in four of the USA's five games at the World University Games.

    Hayes notched her 16 points, while shooting 6-of-9 overall and 4-of-6 from 3-point range.  She also recorded two rebounds, a steal and an assist in 16 minutes.

    The USA moves to a perfect 5-0 with Tuesday's 37-point victory and advances to the medal semifinals as Group E's No. 1 seed. It will play No. 2 seeded Australia (4-1) at 11:30 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, July 9.

    Also today, Russia (5-0) beat Australia (4-1) to secure Group F's No. 1 seed and will play Czech Republic at 8:00 p.m. in Thursday's other semifinal.

    The two semifinal winners will meet in gold medal game on Saturday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. (EDT), while the semifinal losers will battle for the bronze medal at 6:30 a.m. (EDT).