12 questions for 12 teams – FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022

SYDNEY (Australia) – The FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is going to be a great spectacle and the battle for medals will be fierce. We have decided to offer you THE main question around each of the 12 participating teams.

It is in the answers to these questions that the nations involved will find the path to success.

Group A

Belgium – How to replace offensive contributions and leadership from Kim Mestdagh?

Several high-profile players have retired from international duty over the past year, including Sue Bird, Laia Palau and Sonja Vasic, but Mestdagh’s decision to no longer be rated with the Cats has gone somewhat unnoticed. She played a leading role in the emergence of Belgium at the highest level, except offensive verve frequently making the difference for the Belgians. Which player will be able to forget her departure and support Emma Meesseman in attack? Hind Ben Abdelkader is a born scorer, but perhaps it is the renowned Belgian collective that will provide the solution. The hardest part, however, will be compensating for Mestdagh’s leadership and experience.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Doesn’t it just depend on one (brilliant) playful?

Of course, this is an easy observation to make. When you realize one of the best players in the world and your team shows unprecedented results and reaches all-time highs, there is every reason to believe that the reason is obviously the presence of Jonquel Jones. However, coach Goran Lojo insists that even if “JJ” is impressive, it is the work of the whole team that must be highlighted. And the star of the team shares this opinion. As Bosnia & Herzegovina prepare to make their World Tournament debut in Sydney, it’s clear that the rest of the Bosnian side will need to step up their game to prove their worth and confirm that the credit is not due to that. ‘to the single “JJ”.

China – Will Chinese women be mentally strong enough? ?

For some time, China is always mentioned among the candidate teams for the title. This was the case at Tokyo 2020 and the FIBA ​​Women’s Asia Cup 2021, but she failed both times, in the quarter-finals at the Olympics and in the final against Japan in Amman. China proved at the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament that they have all the ingredients to go for a medal in Sydney: talent, bench depth, defense, interior and exterior solidity in attack. However, when invoking the knockout stage of a tournament, the Chinese look borrowed. Will they finally fully live up to expectations in Australia?

Korea – What to do without star Jisu Park?

If the news that Park will not be playing in Sydney is confirmed, Korea will take a serious blow to morale. She is remarkable on both sides of the pitch and her absence would leave an insurmountable void. Her counter skills are phenomenal and in attack, she holds the defenses and spaces for her teammates. With her, Korea have been very competitive at Tokyo 2020, like at the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament before that. When she played, Korea won the match they had to, but the selection made up was a shadow of itself in her absence (due to injury). His centimeters would be sorely lacking and his offensive verve might be difficult to compensate.

Puerto Rico – How to forget the lack of size ?

Last in the rebounding standings at both Tokyo 2020 and the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018, Puerto Rico will once again struggle to do better in Australia. However, it is not only in rebounds that the lack of centimeters of the Puerto Rican selection will be problematic. The Puerto Ricans will have to find ways to compensate for this and their defensive strategies will be key in that regard. If they fail, they experience a very tough competition.

USA – Who will succeed Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi?

The departure of legends can weaken even the most dominant team on the planet. It will be very interesting to see who Cheryl Reeve hands over the lead responsibilities now that the usual – and indispensable – Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are gone. Which of Jewell Lloyd, Kelsey Plum, Arike Ogunbowale or Sabrina Ionescu will best fill the void?

Group B

Australia – Who will take and score the most important shots ?

The Opals will field a very good squad, with several top players, but none seem really above the pack to manage the decisive moments of a match. It could be a problem for coach Brondello in tight matches. Giving the ball to Sami Whitcomb, for example, seems like a good option, but the Australian selection does not have a key player like the other nations – as was the case when Liz Cambage was there, with the silver medal. in Tenerife (Spain) four years ago. Australia will use their collective and do a lot of circularity on the ball, but sometimes you need the skill and composure of a player to get you out of the most difficult situations.

Canada – Does Kia Nurse will play and if so, will she rate at her best?

The highly influential Kia Nurse missed the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament through injury and her participation in Australia is still up in the air. Nurse hasn’t had his usual WNBA performance this season. Canada needs a nurse at its best to have a chance of going far.

France – In what state is France after Belgrade ?

In what state of mind will France land in Sydney and how will it manage adversity during the first matches? What happened at the TQCF 2022 in Belgrade is puzzling, the team led by Jean-Aimé Toupane having lost against Nigeria and China. It also came some time after a loss to Ukraine in the FIBA ​​Women’s EuroBasket Qualifiers in November 2021. Sandrine Gruda’s early return to Sydney had boosted Les Bleues’ morale, but now that her absence was complicated (left calf injury), everything became complicated again for the French women. Will they be able to get out of the “Group of Death”?

Japan – What to do if three point shots don’t go home ?

Ramu Tokashiki, Himawari Akaho, Stephanie Mawuli and Maki Takada hold the keys to the world podium after the beautiful Olympic silver medal obtained in Tokyo. Everyone knows that Japan excels at long range and is very comfortable in transition, but the wingers will have to be solid inside, especially when the shots don’t come in. Japan will have to be incisive in penetration and the interior skilful under the basket to have a solution when the external address is not at the rendezvous.

Mali – We all love Sika Kone, but isn’t she a little lonely?

As brilliant as it is, the very promising Sika Kone will not be able to do everything for Mali. The big question is therefore whether her teammates can raise their level of play and support her in attack. It is obvious that Kone will attract a lot of defensive attention on her, so the other Malians will have to take advantage of the spaces left to give their team a chance to win a match.

Serbia – Will their defensive intensity be enough? ?

In past tournaments and during their rise to the top of the world hierarchy, Serbia won the most important matches in different ways. The Serbs sometimes competed with the best shooters, practicing the game in “run-and-gun”, while other times, they controlled the pace of the game to impose themselves on small scores. This time, four of the five major players who helped her win so many medals will no longer be there. Deprived of the great offensive contributions of these players, will the selection be able to rely mainly on its defensive intensity to be successful?


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