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Trailing by one, she stole the inbound pass and went the length of the court to give Korea the lead. Brazil couldn’t get a shot off in the final six seconds when Erika De Souza turned the ball over as time expired.

Kim Kwe Ryong scored 14 points and Jung Sunmin and Kim Danbi added 13 points each for Korea.

Brazil led 60-57 on De Souza’s jumper with 1:25 left. Kwe Ryong hit a layup with 68 seconds left before the team’s traded missed shots to set up the frantic finish.

De Souza scored 15 points to lead Brazil and Alessandra Santos added 13.

South Korea will face Spain on Friday, while Brazil plays Mali.

Spain 80, Mali 36

BRNO, Czech Republic _ Amaya Valdemoro scored 18 points and Sancho Lyttle added 13 to help Spain rout Mali.

Mali was able to stay close for the first quarter behind a strong defensive effort to trail 15-7. Spain then took control of the game, outscoring Mali 50-16 over the next two periods. The Spaniards shot 52 percent from the field, including 11 of 19 on 3-pointers.

Djenebou Sissoko had 12 points to lead Mali, which qualified for the tournament by coming in second at the African championship.

Group D

Russia 86, Japan 63

BRNO, Czech Republic _ Irina Osipova scored 18 points and Maria Stepanova added 17 to lead Russia over Japan.

Russia only held a five-point halftime lead before outscoring Japan 27-15 in the third quarter. Stepanova had seven of her points in the period.

Yuko Oga led Japan with 23 points, while Ayumi Suzuki added 13.

The Russians will play the Czech Republic on Friday, while Japan faces Argentina.

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