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.
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.