Breanna Stewart and the defending champions limited Canada to its lowest score of the competition as they secured a spot in their fourth straight World Cup final. After destroying Canada 83-43 in the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup semifinals in Sydney, Australia on Friday, September 30, the United States women’s basketball team will attempt to win its fourth consecutive World Cup title.
The US outclassed their Canadian adversaries, Captain Breanna Stewart led all scorers with 17 points and 8 rebounds. A’ja Wilson also added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The defending champs surged out of the gate, scoring 15 straight points to conclude the first quarter with a 27-7 advantage.
The US didn’t look back after that. The US squeezed the Canadians out of their first World Cup semi-final in 36 years. They blew out a 45-21 advantage at halftime to a 38-point deficit at the end of the third. The Canadians struggled offensively as they lost to the US. Laeticia Amihere led Canada with eight points, which was a team-high.
FIBA Women’s World Cup semifinals: The Quest for Gold
The team that won the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will now advance to the World Cup finals unbeaten in 29 straight games as they continue their quest for an 11th world championship at 2:00 ET on Saturday, October 1.
They won’t hold out until the second semi-final of the day, when hosts Australia will face China, to find out who will join them. Canada will play the loser of that semi-final for the bronze.
A qualification berth for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 will be awarded to the Global Cup winner in addition to the world championship.
US Coach after the Match
USA coach Cheryl Reeve talked with the Media after the match, expressing her feelings. “I was really pleased with our team’s attention to detail on the scouting report as Canada has had a terrific tournament. Canada’s a very good defensive team so that was a quality win for us. Our goal is to win a gold medal and we are in a position to do that,” she said.