December 10, 2018

USA Three-Peat As World Champions, Punch Ticket To Tokyo 2020 Olympics

03 October 2018, 04:26 | Pamela Mathis

Queen Letizia attends final of Women's Basketball World Cup

Canada finishes seventh at FIBA World Cup

The pair has been a key part of all three titles and hasn't lost a World Cup game in almost 12 years, including Sunday night's 73-56 win over Australia in the gold medal game.

It's medal day at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. Stewart, who was the WNBA regular season and postseason MVP, added the MVP of the World Cup to her resume after scoring 10 points in the championship game.

"Senegal had a historic win (against Latvia) and a great game against Spain (in Wednesday's Quarter-Final Qualifications)".

Li Meng scored 18 points and Han Xu had 12 for China.

In the match for third place of the hostess of the tournament, team Spain defeated team Belgium- 67:60 (15:15, 17:12, 23:16, 12:17).

France hit three 3-pointers to open the fourth as part of a 9-2 run and China could get no closer than 14 the rest of the way. Frenchwoman Sandrine Gruda contributed 16 points. It was the first time in the tournament that the US didn't trail in a game.

As for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, FIBA Women's Olympic pre-qualifying tournaments 2019 in Africa, America and Asia will start in November, and they will vie for 10 spots for the Olympic qualifying tournaments 2020, along with the top six teams from FIBA Women's EuroBasket.

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Since the 1996 Olympic Games, the USA Basketball Women's National Team program will have posted a 100-1 record in major global competitions, winning six consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five FIBA World Cup golds (1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018), one FIBA World Cup bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).

Although FIBA Women's Continental Cups are set to become stand-alone events, the final standings at the previous Cups determine which teams to participate in the first round of regional qualifiers for both Women's World Cup and Olympic Games. The Americans have won the last two golds with the Opals winning their lone championship in 2006.

The steady progress of women's basketball in Nigeria and the above moderate performance of Nigeria's D'Tigress have not gone unnoticed by FIBA president, Horacio Muratore.

Spain beat Belgium 67-60 to win the bronze medal.

Belgium's Emma Meesseman, right, drives to the basket as Laura Nicholls of Spain tries to block her during the Women's basketball World Cup bronze medal match between Spain and Belgium in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018.

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