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In their fifth and final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup, the 2018 United States Women’s National Basketball Team (5-0) needed almost all four quarters to defeat host France 77-60 on Monday for the night in antibes, france.
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with usa. uu. leading 50-46 at the start of the fourth period, usa uu. They outscored France 27-14 in the last 10 minutes to secure victory.
“well, i was pleased to be tough,” said usa head coach. uu. dawn staley (south carolina). “It wasn’t pretty, but we managed it, especially in this kind of environment. I felt that we received great contributions from many different people. Diana is our staple food. we got great contributions, especially at the end, from tina charles and brittney griner. but we got a win, which we needed.”
diana taurasi (phoenix mercury) led the way with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds, and was named mvp of the four-team round-robin tournament, in which france finished second place. , Canada third and Senegal fourth.
tina charles (connecticut sun) finished with 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, along with 12 rebounds; brittney griner (phoenix mercury) had 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks; and kelsey plum (las vegas aces) contributed 12 points and five assists.
“It’s never easy to play three games in three nights,” said taurasi. “But I think we get a little bit better every game. I think we found ourselves, both defensively and offensively, getting a little more chemistry, getting everyone on the same page.
“tonight was hard. every time you play in france, you know it’s going to be a tough fight. it’s going to be physical. today we did a pretty good job of managing that and working it to our advantage.”
In the first quarter, neither team led by more than three points. and while the us France limited to just 30.4 percent from the field, turned the ball over six times and was outrebounded by France 13-10 in the stanza. at the end of the period the score was tied, 15-15.
after exchanging scores during the first five minutes of the second quarter, usa. uu. compiled an 8-0 run to lead 30-21 with 1:25 left before halftime. France, however, finished the first half with two runs, then a steal and a three-pointer in the closing seconds, and the USA. uu. he was leading 30-27 at halftime.
At the midpoint, France led on the boards, 21-19, and both teams were plagued by turnovers: 13 to the United States and 12 to France, including eight in the second quarter.
with the score tied at 34-34 at 8:12 in the third quarter, two points from taurasi launched usa’s longest streak of the night. USA: 13 points unanswered, and USA: 13 points unanswered. uu. he led 47-34 at 3:56. however, france responded and closed with a 12-3 run, closing again to four points, 50-46, heading into the fourth quarter.
france put the first points of the fourth period on the board, but four points from charles and a triple from taurasi gave the united states a respite – 57-48. For the first time all night, France had no answer for the United States, which he won 77-60.
“I think anything that happens to us, as far as usa basketball is concerned. Uh, it’s up to us,” Charles said. “I don’t think it’s something they’ve done specifically. we needed to handle the pressure better, we needed to spread out on the wings, not be careless with the ball, things like that are really important.”
The 2018 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, kicks off for the United States against Senegal at 1 p.m. edt on sept. 22, followed by China at 1 p.m. edt on sept. 23 and latvia at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25.
“It helps us tremendously,” Griner said of the USA’s close victory. uu. “When we get to Spain, it’s only going to go up from here. We have a matchup with Australia, and that will definitely set us up even more. .”
after each team plays three preliminary round games, the second and third place teams from each of the four preliminary round groups will compete in the quarterfinal qualifying games on September 1 . 26, while no. 1 teams from each pool will advance directly to Sept. 28 quarterfinals.
The semi-finals will be played on September 1. 29 and the final on Sept. 30.
the united states will be on the hunt for a third consecutive fiba world cup gold, a feat they have never achieved before.
including four athletes who have not yet joined us. uu. in Europe due to competing in the WNBA Finals, the US roster. uu. currently it is 16 athletes. the official list of 12 members will be announced before September. 22.
the assistant coaches from the united states are cheryl reeve from the minnesota lynx, jennifer rizzotti from george washington university and dan hughes, who after lead the seattle storm to a wnba title, he will join the team in spain.