The United States Wreaks Havoc
The American women’s basketball team performed remarkably well on Monday in Australia. The team’s convincing 145-69 victory over South Korea on Monday set a new scoring mark for the FIBA Women’s World Cup. Meanwhile, Brazil’s previous highest points ever scored at a FIBA World Cup were established by playing against Malaysia in 1990. Moreover, they also set records for most field goals, assists, and points in the paint, grabbing 62, 36, and 94, respectively. Additionally, their bench scored 88 points, 19 more than the South Koreans.
They were led by Brionna Jones, scoring a game-high 24 points. Meanwhile, A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, and Breanna Stewart each chipped in 20, 19, and 18 points, respectively. Additionally, Shakira Austin scored a layup with only nine seconds left in the game to put the United States on top of the leaderboards.
Australia Crushed Canada
Bec Allen-less Australia secured their spot in the quarterfinals, rattling fellow unbeaten Canada with a score of 75–72. Meanwhile, the victory put Australia, Canada, and France in a tie for first place in Group B with three victories. However, each has one game left in the competition, and it will be worth watching as they battle for the top position.
Ezi Magbegor and Samantha Whitcomb led the Opals’ assault, scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Bridget Carleton countered with a stunning 16 points to her name.
Victories for China, Serbia, France, and Belgium
China dismantled Puerto Rico, claiming a decisive victory of 26 points on the board. Thanks to the exceptional performance of Li Yueru, who scored a team-high 16 points, leading from the front.
Serbia defeated Mali with a score of 81-68, owing big time to Sasa Cado’s special. She scored 20 points and made three assists.
France defeated Japan, winning their second game in a row. Thanks to 16 points, three rebounds, and one assist, France finished the game with a 67-53 victory.
Belgium outperformed Bosnia and Herzegovina, winning the game 85-55. Thanks to Hind Ben Abdelkader’s game-high 18 points.
Meanwhile, the competition is a qualifying match for the Paris 2024 Olympics, and the World Cup champion also secures a berth in the next Olympic competition.