BASKETBALL | Japan lose their 3rd straight match at the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup

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France beat Japan 67-53 in a FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 group stage match on Monday, September 26, avenging two losses to Olympics host Tokyo .

Gabby Williams led world No. 6 France with 16 points and Iliana Rupert added a double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds) in the Group B game in Sydney. Her teammates Mamignan Touré and Marine Fauthoux scored 13 and 10 points respectively.

Eighth-placed Japan, who trailed 16-5 after the first quarter, lost their third consecutive group stage, falling to 1-3 in the 12-nation World Cup, which ends on Saturday October 1st. The United States, the three-time reigning Olympic champion and three-time reigning world champion, is the top team in Group A.

Coach Toru Onzuka’s side will face tournament host and world number 3 Australia on Tuesday, September 27 in their final group game, looking to end their losing streak.

Saori Miyazaki had a team-high 13 points for Akatsuki Japan, who had 21 of 59 shots from the field. Aika Hirashita and Himawari Akaho scored nine points each. Maki Takada had nine rebounds.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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