The United States and Canada were the first two nations to qualify for the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney on Thursday. The US women easily beat Serbia 88-55 (rest: 50-33), while Canada beat Puerto Rico 79-60 (rest: 44-23). China and Australia will play in the other semi-final.
The US looks too big for the opposition in this tournament. On their way to a fourth consecutive world title, Serbia were put aside without much effort. Alyssa Thomas was amazing with a double century. He had 13 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Kelsey Plum had 17 points and Ajah Wilson had 15 points. American-born Yvonne Anderson scored 14 points for Serbia.
USA will face Canada in the semifinals. The two nations meet on Friday at 6.30 am Belgium time. Canadian women had little trouble with Puerto Rico. Kia Nurse (17 points) and Bridget Carleton (15 points) were good in the shot. Arella Quarantez’s 19 points weren’t enough for Puerto Rico.
China took over Australia
The Chinese women won their third ticket to the semi-finals of the Basketball World Cup in Sydney on Thursday. China beat France 85-71 in the quarterfinals. The Chinese women will meet Australia in the semi-finals.
A strong second quarter (25-14) made China the difference against the French on Thursday. This led to 50-39 at the break. After the break, France managed to sneak in a bit, but China did not relinquish the win. Li Meng (23 points), Huang Xijing (18 points), and Han Xu (13 points and 9 points) were the stars. Marine Fauthoux’s 19 points were not enough for France.
Thus China continues its winning streak. In the group stage it won four out of five, with only the inaccessible American women too strong. The Belgian Cats won 81-55 in their last group game on Tuesday.