The USA defeated China to win their eleventh World Championship

The United States ( USA ) are ecstatic after defeating China 83-61 in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Final in front of a massive crowd at the Sydney Superdome.

Nearly 16,000 spectators saw China perform well in the early rounds, only for the United States to demonstrate their superiority by winning their fourth consecutive and eleventh overall championship.

USA defeated China

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China were admirably staying pace with the United States until early in the second quarter, when the defending champions altered gears clearly on both ends. Kelsey Plum’s four-point play began a run that sent the United States into the driver’s seat as they established a 43-33 halftime lead.

A’Ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray performed very well for the United States, with Wilson scoring 19 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Gray had 10 points and an impressive 8 assists. In a losing effort, Yueru Li had her finest performance of the tournament with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Stats Don’t Lie: The United States scored 18 points off turnovers compared to just 4 for China, which was a decisive factor.

The United States dominated this event from beginning to end. It felt and seemed to be a new era, and in this championship game, despite a slower-than-usual start, they tightened their defense and China couldn’t survive once they scored transition points. USA were deserving of victory.

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However, China is coming. With their first silver medal since 1994, which was also the last time the tournament was held in Australia, they received a well-deserved reward for their continued improvement. A recent sickness suffered by the in-form and very important Meng Li was a setback, as she was not herself in this championship match. However, China is a young and developing team that plays excellent basketball, and they are potential of being a regular podium presence at international competitions in the future.

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They noted:

“China has a very excellent basketball team, and I feel awful that Li Meng is unable to participate for them. I have seen their development and am pleased they received the silver. We were quite determined, and we had forty deflections on defense today. Cheryl Reeve, the head coach for the United States of America, said, “We had some wonderful moments in the game, and A’Ja Wilson was amazing.”

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“My TISSOT watch indicates that we are gold medalists. The last several weeks have been chaotic, but I am fortunate to be in this circumstance. I came with the intention of winning gold.” – 2022 Most Valuable Player and All-American A’Ja Wilson