The matchday 3 of FIBA Women’s B World Cup led us to many memorable and historical moments in Women Basketball like Kang Leeseul’s efficiency record.
Canada and USA are the first two teams to capture a quarter final berth. The United States made an early statement of defending their World Cup title by routing their first three games in the group stage; beating Belgium by fifteen points margin, ousting Puerto Rico by 64 points, and outperformed China 77-63. On the other hand, World No. 4 Canada also made an impressive run beating Serbia on the first gameday, 67-60, edging France by 14 points, and demolished the Olympic Silver medalist Japan, 56-70. You may follow us for more livescore basketball and news updates here!
Despite the USA missing their key players like Brittney Griner (currently detained in Russia) and Candace Parker, the team is still dominating the tournament scoring 90.0 points per game with an average victory margin of almost 30 points per game. The only team that challenged them so far is the emerging red-hot China who also made a dominant output in the first two games; beating Korea by almost 60 points, and Bosnia-Herzegovina by 40 points. While Canada, despite securing three games and a quarterfinal berth, it is noticeable that they are grouped in a group of death composed of most teams ranked 15 and above in FIBA World ranking. They will next face the host Australia and this will be a test on how far this Canada team will go in the tournament.
Alyssa Thomas expresses her motivation in this tournament, “I love to disrupt, I love to cause havoc, so it’s fun playing on a team that loves to play defense and it really just fuels our offense,” she said after a 106-42 win over Puerto Rico.
Kang Leeseul keep Korea’s quarter-final hopes alive
Kang made an all-around game and a historic night to help Korea beat Bosnia and Herzegovina to clinched the nation’s first victory in 12 year at the Women’s World Cup. She recorded 37 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals to help her team get their first win and keep the quarterfinal hopes alive. She also broke an all-time efficiency record in the process, tallying 44 beating Liz Cambage’s 41 efficiency record way back 2018.
Her historic night did not end there, she also became the second Korean player to record the second Korean high scorer in this tournament and just one three pointers away to equalize the all-time three points record after she sank seven threes in this game.
South Korea will have a chance to qualify for the World Cup if Bosnia and Herzegovina lose to Belgium and if they beat Puerto Rico. Sure, snapping an 11 game losing streak is really an achievement for this underdog, but qualifying for the quarterfinals and a chance to make a Cinderella run is more worth it rather than an individual achievement.
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