FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup recap: USA finish group unbeaten

The Las Vegas Aces backcourt went all out in the USA’s 121-59 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina in Sydney on Tuesday, the final day of group play for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2022. Kelsey Plum (20 points) and Chelsea Gray (16 points) each had seven assists as they led the Americans in the blowout. Plum’s over/under was 55.

Plum was 8 of 11 from the floor while Gray was 4 of 5 from three. A’ja Wilson (7 of 8 from the field, 14 points) and Shakira Austin (7 of 9 from the field, 15 points) added to the effective effort as Team USA shot 65.8% from the field as a team and 8-of-16 out of three.

Breanna Stewart (seven boards) and Brionna Jones (five boards) were also teenagers with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Kahleah Copper added 11 points and six rebounds. She started in place of Jewell Loyd, who was resting.

Wilson led the team in steals with four. Also note the performances of five assists from Ariel Atkins (three interceptions) and Sabrina Ionescu.

Chelsea Gray scored their 16 points in 16 minutes and 39 seconds of playing time while Austin scored 15 in just 13:09. Team USA stretched the minutes with no one playing more than 27:29 from Plum. B. Jones was second closest at 10:12 p.m.

The United States won the first quarter 33-15, the second 30-16, the third 29-13 and the fourth 29-15.

WNBA superstar Jonquel Jones had seven points (2 of 3 from range) and 10 rebounds in the loss. She accounted for almost half of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rebounds as the United States won that battle 44-21. Nikolina Elez scored 19 points to lead B&H.

B&H took nearly twice as many threes (31) as the Americans but made the same amount as them. He also attempted just one free throw against Team USA’s 11. USA forced 23 turnovers while committing just seven and won quick break points 34-0.

The American team finishes as the only team 5-0 in group and in first place in group A. It will advance to the quarter-finals. B&H won’t as they finish 0-5 (last place in Group A).

Puerto Rico 92, South Korea 73

Puerto Rico head to their first-ever World Cup quarter-finals after finishing 2-3 as a group (fourth place in Group A). South Korea fell to 1-4 and will not advance.

Former Colorado star and WNBA first-round rookie Mya Hollingshed was phenomenal with 29 points (5 of 6 from downtown), 12 rebounds and three assists for the winners. Former Rutgers star/former Los Angeles Spark Arella Guirantes added 18, five and five. Isalys Quinones (seven boards) and Jennifer O’Neill both had 15 points.

Puerto Rico started the game on an 18-0 streak.

South Korea got a combined 60 points from three players: Leeseul Kang (22), Hyejin Park (20) and Jihyun Park (18).

China 81, Belgium 55

China (4-1) led by just nine going into the fourth against a Belgium side without Emma Meesseman (3-2), but ran away with a final frame of 27-10. Both teams qualified for the quarter-finals of Group A.

It was a balanced goal effort for China. Chicago Sky center Yueru Li had one of the best performances with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Siyu Wang (11 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals) and Sijing Huang (10 points, eight rebounds. three assists, four steals) also played key roles. New York Liberty center Xu Han added 10 points, six boards and two blocks.

Kyara Linskens led Belgium with 14 points and seven rebounds. Chicago Sky point guard Julie German added seven points and four assists.

Canada 88, Mali 65

Minnesota Lynx forward Bridget Carleton had 27 points (7 of 8 from deep), eight rebounds and three assists for Canada (4-1), which advanced to the quarterfinals of Group B. Mali ( 0-5) will not advance.

Former WNBA player Kayla Alexander was down 19 points (6 of 6 from the field) and hauled 14 boards to go along with four assists and three blocks for the winners. Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse had 11 points and Lynx forward Natalie Achonwa added nine points and four assists.

WNBA rookie Sika Koné had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Canada led 33-16 after one game and 53-29 at halftime.

Serbia 68, France 62

Sasa Cado hit a key 3-pointer that put Serbia (3-2) up 67-62 with 25 seconds remaining and the Serbs held on to win. They and France (3-2) advance to the Group B quarter-finals.

Yvonne Anderson, who spent time with the Connecticut Sun in 2022, scored 18 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals for the winners. Jovana Nogic (17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Tina Krajisnik (12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals) were the other key players for Serbia.

Seattle Storm forward Gabby Williams had 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the loss.

Australia 71, Japan 54

New York Liberty goalie Samantha Whitcomb’s 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc paced Australia (4-1) as they advanced to the Group B quarter-finals. Japan (1-4) will not advance.

Marianna Tolo added 14 points and six rebounds to the winning cause and WNBA players Steph Talbot, Kristy Wallace and Ezi Magbegor also contributed. WNBA legend Lauren Jackson played four minutes and made a 3-pointer.

Monica Okoye was the only Japanese player to score in double figures with 14 points.

Australia fell behind two after one but won the last three quarters by four, 11 and four, respectively.

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