Women basketball World Cup – A’ja Wilson scored 19 points as the United States defeated China 83-61 in Sydney on Saturday to win their fourth World Cup in a row and 11th overall.
The Chinese were defeated by a tough squad that extended their unbeaten record in the tournament to 30 games, led by Kelsey Plum (17 points) and Jewell Loyd (11).
The US led at halftime, 43-33, and there was no stopping them in front of 15,895 people at Sydney SuperDome, Australia’s largest-ever audience for a women’s basketball competition.
The odds were stacked against China in front of Chinese basketball icon Yao Ming, yet they won their first gold since 1994, driven by Li Yueru’s 19 points.
In addition to being a 10-time champion, the United States was coming off a record-breaking 83-43 semi-final victory over Canada, the largest win in a World Cup final four, and they had beaten China 77-66 in the group stage.
In addition, the Chinese had lost all seven prior World Cup meetings with the American juggernaut by an average of 22 points.
Despite being without their best player and top scorer Li Meng again due to a fever, China got off to a fast start thanks to goals from Li Yueru and Wang Siyu. Even though it was a rough first quarter and the Americans only shot 44%, they quickly regained their footing and finished up, 18-13.
Before Jin Weina scored from beyond the arc on the siren to cut the deficit to 43-33 at halftime, they started making baskets as they upped the tempo.
Women basketball world cup USA winner
25 years after making her international debut, Lauren Jackson had a classic performance earlier in the day as Australia defeated Canada 95-65 to claim the bronze medal.
With a tremendous all-around performance, Jackson, 41, set a new record by finishing with a game-high 30 points, seven rebounds, and one assist.
The seven-time WNBA all-star finished her first World Cup in 12 years and equaled Janeth Arcain of Brazil for the record for most games played with 43.
Women basketball World Cup At the women’s basketball World Cup, the United States defeated China 83-61 on Saturday thanks to A’ja Wilson’s 19 points, Kelsey Plum’s 17 points, and their fourth straight gold medal.
This was one of the most powerful American teams in the illustrious history of the World Cup, which has already produced 11 gold medals for the country. This is the first time ever that a team has won four successive gold medals. It surpassed the two triumphs by the Americans by 20 points to become the largest victory in a gold-medal game.
Wilson, who was chosen as the tournament’s MVP, stated, “It feels amazing. “We achieved the goal for which we came here. It was gold. We are now returning home with some equipment. To us, it feels wonderful. For us, Australia was wonderful. Even though I didn’t spot any kangaroos, we will still be going with a gold.
Wilson and Breanna Stewart are carrying on what Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi started. The dominance may last for years to come, with Alyssa Thomas, the oldest player at 30, as the oldest player.
The Americans performed admirably on both ends of the court, playing excellent defence and unleashing a potent attack, as they have during the whole tournament.
The US (8-0) concluded the World Cup with a 98.8 point average, falling just shy of the record-setting 99.1 points posted by the 1994 squad. They beat the 2010 team’s record by winning by an average of 40.8 points.
Even without 6’8″ Brittney Griner, this US team, which has so many new players, maintained its dominance in the paint by outscoring their opponents by an average of 55-24.
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