FIBA WWC: Team USA surges past China to win 11th World Cup title

A’ja Wilson scored 19 points and Team USA used an impressive third-quarter run to win its 11th FIBA Women’s Basketball World up by beating China 61-83. The near 16,000 fans in attendance watched China compete well in the first two quarters.

Chelsea Gray really brought it for the USA recording almost a double-double with 10 points and eight assists. Kelsey Plum made a four-point play late in the second quarter and sparked a run for Team USA to finish the break ahead 33-43.

In the third quarter, the U.S. outscored China 14-25 and run away with a comfortable victory. China won its first silver medal since 1994 which was also the last time the event was hosted in Australia.

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USA won its fourth consecutive gold medal for the first-time ever. This was also the biggest win in a gold-medal game, surpassing the 20-point wins that the U.S. had done twice. They won by an average of 40.8 points, topping the mark held by the 2010 team.

Team USA (8-0) finished the World Cup averaging 98.8 points. The victory was the 30th in a row in World Cup play for the Americans, who haven’t lost since the 2006 semifinals against Russia.

In the bronze-medal game, Lauren Jackson concluded her illustrious career with a win as she led Australia to a 95-65 win over Canada. Jackson scored 30 points. It was a throwback performance for the 41-year-old player, who came out of retirement after five years.

She played in 43 World Cup games in her career, matching Brazil’s Janeth Arcain for most all-time. Jackson won three bronze medals and led the Australia WNT to their lone gold in 2006. Australia (6-2) was coming off a disappointing last-minute loss to China in the semifinal.

 

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