France offered the host country at the opening of the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup.
Les Bleues beat Australia this Thursday, September 22 in Sydney (57-70). Carried by an incredible Gaby Williams (23 points), they got the better of the reigning vice-world champions despite a workforce decimated by injuries.
The Seattle Storm player started the game by scoring 12 of the first 14 tricolor points. She showed the way to a French collective that has grown in power.
Les Bleues put up an aggressive defense that limited Australia’s success to 26%. They were never given the score after half-time and even took a ten-point lead in the last minute.
“We had a complete match with intensity in defense. Everything was not perfect, but the intentions were there. We had a Gabby of the great days which compensated us for victory. We tried to have the attitudes, the intention and put the intensity where it was needed, ”reacted Sarah Michaelthe French captain, at the microphone of be in sports.
The France team has made a perfect entry into the Women’s Basketball World Cup. Despite the absence of certain frameworks such as Sandrine Gruda we Marine JohannesJean-Aimé Toupane’s players proved that she had to be counted on.
“This team has heart and qualities. You just have to show them and succeed in playing collectively. We knew it was important pressure on this Australian team playing at home. We had a few shortcomings on the rebound, it’s our cute sin, but we have to keep this intensity, ”analyzed Sarah Michel on be in sports.
France will try to follow up against Canada this Friday, September 23. A second success in a row will bring the French women closer to the quarter-finals, where the first four of the two groups are qualified.
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The summary of Australia-France at the Women’s Basketball World Cup
Even if Australia scores the first points of the match, France succeeds in its first match. Les Bleues take the lead after 2 min 30 s (5-7).
Gaby Williams Achieve an incredible start to the match. The Seattle Storm player carries the Blues by scoring 12 of the first 14 tricolor points (14-10).
His exit coincides with a period of three minutes without scoring. While the legend Lawrence Jackson gives the advantage to the host country, France finds the way to the basket thanks to Iliana Rupertthe recent WNBA champion.
Despite three-point shots from the host country, France finished the first ten minutes with a one-point lead (17-18). But the players of Jean-Aimé Toupane start the second quarter by conceding a 0-6.
The lead of the reigning vice-world champions reached five points, the biggest gap at this point in the match.
Alexia Chartereau reduced him with his first basket of the match and Gabby Williams continued his incredible offensive number (22-23). After a very rhythmic first quarter, the game is more broken by faults. The French are sensitive and the Australians take advantage of this to score points from the free-throw line. At 2 min 28 s from halftime, the two teams are tied: 28-28.
It was finally France who joined the locker room in the lead thanks to a counter-attacking basket from Mamignan Toure (31-32).
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France plays without complex. Its captain Sarah Michael scores the first basket of the third quarter. This action launches an 8-2 in favor of the Habs.
For the first time in the match, the gap reached seven units (33-40). The French defense increases in intensity and causes losses of Australian balls. Allen mouthpiece Reaches 14 points and allows Sandy Brondello’s players to stay in contact, but Sarah Michel scores three points on a service from Gabby Williams (40-45).
Australia dominates on the rebound. Marianna Tolo pulls off a three-point play on a second chance. Mamignan Touré responds with a three-point shot (43-48). The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalists remain two possessions clear. Lisa Berkani and Samantha Whitcomb shine in the final moments of the third quarter. Thanks to a better address, France begins the last ten minutes with a five-point lead (47-52).
Gabby Williams is the first player to reach 20 points and France takes an eight-point lead six minutes from the buzzer (50-58). The end of the game is marked by defensive stops. The score does not move for almost two minutes (55-61).
Gabby Williams finds the target on a very long three-point shot and gives the Habs a nine-point lead at the start of the last minute. Marieme Star anise then mark. 38 seconds from the buzzer, the gap goes for the first time in the match above ten points (57-68). One tenth of a second from the end of the match, Marine Fauthoux passes the bar of ten points and seals the tricolor success from the line of free throws (58-70).
The results of the matches of Thursday, September 22 at the Women’s Basketball World Cup
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Puerto Rico: 58-82
- United States – Belgium: 87-72
- Republic of Korea – People’s Republic of China: 44-107
- Canada – Serbia: 67-60
- Japan – Mali: 89-56
- Australia – France: 57-70
The schedule of the French team at the Women’s Basketball World Cup
- Thursday September 22: Australia – France: 57-70
- Friday, September 23: France-Canada (6:00 p.m. local time/10:00 a.m. CET)
- Sunday September 25: Mali – France (2:30 p.m. local time/6:30 a.m. CET)
- Monday, September 26: France – Japan (4:00 p.m. local time/8:00 a.m. CET)
- Tuesday September 27: Serbia – France (5:30 p.m. local time/9:30 a.m. CET)
- Thursday, September 29: Quarter-final (if qualified)
- Friday, September 30: Semi-final (if qualified)
- Saturday, October 1: Final or match for third place (if qualified)