China and the United States qualified for the finals of the Basketball World Cup on Friday. Team USA defeated neighbors Canada 83-43 in the semifinals. At halftime it was 45-21.
Brenna Stewart led the way for the USA with 17 points, while Ajah Wilson had 15 points and 12 rebounds. The American women were especially dominant in the first (27-7) and third quarters (22-8).
The US women have won the world championship in each of the last three World Cups. They won their seventh Olympic title in a row at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.
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China eliminated home nation Australia from the finals
China became the second team to reach the finals of the Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney on Friday. The Chinese women beat host Australia in their semi-final with a thrilling 61-59 (halftime: 36-30) win. The final will see the USA face off at 8am Belgian time on Saturday.
Australia edged out the Belgian Cats 86-69 in Thursday’s quarter-final, but the Australian women had a much tougher time against China. China went on a midfield sprint in the second quarter (23-13), but Australia looked dangerous even after the break. It was only in the last seconds that the Chinese women were able to make a comeback.
Xu Han was the star with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Liwei Yang (18 points) also contributed. For Australia, Stephanie Talbot’s 12 points and 10 rebounds weren’t enough.
The Chinese women qualified for the World Cup finals for the second time in their history with an 81-55 win over the Cats in the group stage. The last defeat was against Brazil in 1994.
The final is scheduled for Saturday at 8 am Belgian time.