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FIBA Women's World Cup Australia 2022

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So exciting, it is Basketball World Cup time again and Canada is reppin. Unfortunately, I don't have cable and everything I watch is thru streaming. I took out a Courtside 1891 package in August, which included EuroCup, World Cup and Qualifying windows. Low and behold any games that Canada plays in are blocked because Rogers Sportsnet holds the Canadian rights. Grrrrrrr! So I go to FIBA and follow the play-by-play and boxscore. Then I watch the game highlights on YouTube. Sheesh. I so much wanted to see how the new coach, Victor Lapena, is conducting business in real time. Oh well, have to wait for the replays, if FIBA releases them that is.

In the latest World Rankings Canada is ranked 4th and if memory serves me correctly that is what they were ranked going into the Olympics last year. They didn't quite live up to their billing and as a result a new coach enters the scene. Our first game in Group B play is against 10th ranked Serbia who showed us the door last year in what in my opinion was a winnable game. New this year is a seven person rotation, á la Wayne Hussey Bishop's Championship team (comparisons stop there, lol). Five of those seven are over 6ft and the other two play taller than their height, which means we are a rebounding machine. Unlike the men's team there are none on the Sydney roster with U Sports ties. Gone are all the youngsters who are waiting for their turn. Well, almost all. Phillipina Kyei is 18 and 6'7" tall so the Oregon freshman is an exception you can live with as she develops. With the energetic Coach Lapena pacing the sidelines Canada handed Serbia a 67-60 trimming. 6'4" Kayla Alexander went 13-7-1-1-2b in 31:47. 5'9" Nirra Fields 12-2-2s-2b in 28:27 . 6'3" Natalie Achonwa 10-8-1-2 in 29:03. 6'0" Kia Nurse 9-1-3-1 in 18:50. 6'1" Bridget Carleton 7-5-2-2 in 34:40. And for Serbia PG 5'9" Yvonne Anderson 18-5-3 in 37:42. C 6'3" Tina Krajisnik 17-8-1-5-1b in 31:15.

Second game was against 6th ranked France. They were sent packing 59-45 as Canada out offensively rebounded the Gauls 19-6. Thanks Kayla who had 6 on her ownsome. This was a French team that was coming off a 70-57 win over the hosts, 3rd ranked Australia, in front of 9k throaty Roos. Here is how Canada did. Fields 17-6-1-2 in 26:54. 5'9" Shay Colley 11-2-3 in 28:20. Kayla 9-14-3 in 31:28. For France F 5'11" Gabby Williams 13-8-1-1 in 31:06.

Up next at 6:30 a.m. ET on Sunday is 8th ranked Japan who finished a surprising 2nd behind the USA in the latest version of the Tokyo Olympics. BTW, at the same time that Canada was thumping France in another game Serbia beat Japan 69-64.
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Tordawg wrote: Fri Sep 23, 2022 8:57 pm
Up next at 6:30 a.m. ET on Sunday is 8th ranked Japan who finished a surprising 2nd behind the USA in the latest version of the Tokyo Olympics. BTW, at the same time that Canada was thumping France in another game Serbia beat Japan 69-64.
Watched Canada beat Japan 70-56 Sunday morning.
Even though Canada won by 14, the final score didn't really indicate the extent to which Canada dominated the game.
The Canadians were leading by 16 at halftime 41-25 and 22 after three quarters 61-39.
Canada has Australia tomorrow.
The Aussies somewhat surprisingly were beaten by France 70-57.
Canada handled that same French squad rather easily.
If Canada can beat Australia tomorrow it will be four straight wins against top 10 ranked FIBA opponents.
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And then came the Opals and a nine point Canada lead after Q1, 23-14. Nice, for sure this is going to be a Canuck win. Then the Aussies came storming back in Q2, 24-10, for a 5 point, 38-33 halftime lead with momentum. Crap, hometown crowd, momentum and the lead. Canada is doomed. Not to be as Canada responded in Q3 24-13 to be up 6 points 57-51. Great, one quarter to go. No probs. Play with smarts on O and intensity on D and we have this. Alas, it was not to be as Australia came out on top 75-72 after a 3-point make by Nirra Fields with one second left on the clock. The way I look at it, you need some failure in life to be successful. Yeah, right! Now we finish 2nd in Group B playing Puerto Rico in the 1/4 final and after we win . . . the semi will be against the winner of USA and Serbia. Won't that be swell. Hey, you never know.

Here is the personal stats this order pts/rebs/ast/stl/bl/min played. Nirra Fields 17/6/3/1/1/25:54. Bridget Carleton 16/2/0/2/34:15. Kia Nurse 11/3/1/1/22:05. Shay Colley 10/1/2/1/1/32:40. Laeticia Amihere 7/3/1/2/3/22:09. Kayla Alexander 4/11/2/2/1/34:03. Natalie Achanwo 4/6/2/1/23:14. Sami Hill 3/1a/5:40. Everybody else had a DNP-CD. For Australia 6'4" F Ezi Macbegor had a kickass game 16/7/3/1/5/27:51 off the bench. Also there was 5'10" G Samantha Whitcomb 15/2/6/4/1/33:40. Looking into the future I imagine our seven player rotation will catch up to us drastically against the powerhouse U.S. team. Here's hoping I'm way off base on that call.

And then there was our last Group B game against the two years away from being two years away team from Mali. We won 88-65. Here is how the four DNP-CD from last game fared. Aislinn Kong 11/1/1/15:18. Phillipina Kyei 2/4/1b/9:05. Mail Giles 0/1/1/1b/4:11. Taya Hanson 4:11. For Mali 17 year old 5'10" F Kamite Elisabeth Dabou had 6/1/1s/11:40. While much older 20 years old Sika Done had 10/10/1/1/31:34. Double, Double. Nice. BTW Bridget Carleton had 27/8/3/1b/25:36 and Kayla Alexander also had a double double 19/14/4/1/3/28:43.

Next up PUR 30 minutes after midnight ET on Thursday the 29th.
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The quarter final pairings are set with 2nd place Groub B Canada playing 4th place Group A Puerto Rico.
I find that puzzling because usually in group crossover games it is 1 v 4 and 2 v 3.
The only other instance I can remember this being used was in the NHL playoffs up until the early 70s....and that didn't make sense either.
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pistol pete wrote: Wed Sep 28, 2022 10:53 am The quarter final pairings are set with 2nd place Groub B Canada playing 4th place Group A Puerto Rico.
I find that puzzling because usually in group crossover games it is 1 v 4 and 2 v 3.
The only other instance I can remember this being used was in the NHL playoffs up until the early 70s....and that didn't make sense either.
I think FIBA used some sort of draw methodology to determine the 1/4 final matchups.
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The quarter final games have come and gone with Australia playing China in one semi and Canada playing the USA in the other. I predict the final medal order will be Gold - USA, Silver - Australia and Bronze - Canada. Of course, when you get off the paper and onto the hardwood anything can happen. Let's hope that the "anything" is in Canada's favour.

Canada won their 1/4 final game against Puerto Rico 79-60. Couldn't ask for a better time for Kia Nurse to come alive than in the knockouts. Let's hope she sustains in the semis. Kia 17/4/2/17:57. As has been usual in this tournament Bridget Carleton had a solid outing. Bridget 15/7/3/2/1/30:41.Natalie 12/9/4/1b/26:04. Laeticia 12/3/1s/1b/21:48. Shay 11/4/6/3/30:08. For PR 5'11" SG Arella Guirantes 19/7/3/31:24. And 18 y.o. 5'9" PG Trinity San Antonio 16/2/1/2/20:10

Other 1/4 scores
Australia 86 Belgium 69
China 85 France 71 (Hmmmm Canada also beat France by 14)
USA 88 Serbia 55
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Yikes, let's just forget about that semi-final against the U.S. The one were the Americans jumped out to a 27-7 first quarter lead and ended with a 83-43 smackdown for our neighbours to the south. One bright spot was the 18 year old 6'7" Phillipina Kyei with 4 pts, 5 rebs 3 of 'em on the O glass, 3 blocks in 13:20. So the Opals from down under are up next, winner taking the Bronze Medal. Something we haven't done since 1986. Who cares about the home crowd we're winning this one. Stay tuned.
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Tordawg wrote: Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:24 pm Yikes, let's just forget about that semi-final against the U.S. The one were the Americans jumped out to a 27-7 first quarter lead and ended with a 83-43 smackdown for our neighbours to the south. One bright spot was the 18 year old 6'7" Phillipina Kyei with 4 pts, 5 rebs 3 of 'em on the O glass, 3 blocks in 13:20. So the Opals from down under are up next, winner taking the Bronze Medal. Something we haven't done since 1986. Who cares about the home crowd we're winning this one. Stay tuned.
Well it turns out the Aussies and their home crowd were too much to overcome as Canada gets walloped again 95-65.
The Canadians were in reach at half time 51-43 but then Australia just blew our women out in the last 20 minutes 44-22.
A sour note to end the tournament on for certain but there are still plenty of positives.
For once Canada's tournament performance matched their FIBA ranking.
Canada was ranked 4th in the world coming into this event and that is exactly where our women ended up.

The US won gold as expected with an 83-61 win over a game Chinese squad who exceeded all expectations.
China was ranked 7th in the world and wound up winning silver.
Really though every team in this tournament was playing for the silver as the Americans are just in a different class altogether.
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