Weighed down by a very bad address (31% including 16% at three points), the French women’s basketball team lost 45-59 against Canada this Friday during their second group match of the World Cup in Australia. Next meeting: against Mali on Sunday.
The soufflé quickly fell for the French women’s basketball team. After having brilliantly beaten the host country, Australia, favorite for a medal, in the opening Thursday (57-70), the Blues lost heavily against Canada, less than 22 hours after their first match. The French, blunt, lived a little nightmare in address against these Canadians that they had not faced since the 2018 World Cup. Les Bleues only scored 31% of their shots (19/62) and only three three-point shots out of 19, with France’s first long-range shot only coming in the 32nd minute, thanks to Kendra Chery ! Despite everything, the girls of Jean-Aimé Toupane were never completely dropped either, because the Canadians were not in a great day either, especially in the first half (24%). This first half, precisely, looked like a mush of basketball, with a score of 29-17 in favor of Canada when returning to the locker room. Air-balls, too short shots, missed free throws…, the two teams stammered their game, and in particular France, which stubbornly played away, but without any success (0/10 at three points ). Canada finished the quarter 9-0, which allowed them to pull out a small lead.
Canada was up to twenty points ahead
On returning from the locker room, the skill was a little more present on the side of the two teams, especially among the Canadians, who experienced a little more long-distance skill, which allowed them to count up to twenty points lead (19-39). Fortunately, France tightened their defense and came back to -13 at the end of the quarter, but the Bleues never appeared in the game to make a bigger close to the score. In the last quarter, even if Kendra Chery, Gabby Williams and Marine Fauthoux finally scored from three points, the Canadians managed to maintain the gap, carried by a Nirra Fields who would finish with 17 points, and by a better aggressiveness under the baskets, with 19 offensive rebounds captured, against only 6 for France. Les Bleues also lacked aggressiveness in attack, with only 7 free throws fired (19 for Canada). In the end, it was Gabby Williams who finished top French scorer, with 13 points, but also 8 rebounds. Jean-Aimé Toupane knows what he will have to work on before the third match, against Mali (at 6:30 am French time)… A defeat is almost forbidden in view of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
French markers: Badiane (4), Berkani (2), Chartereau (7), Chery (3), Ciak (1), Fauthoux (7), Michel (2), Rupert (4), Touré (2), Williams (13)
BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2022 (W)
From September 22 to October 1 at the State Sports Center and the Super Dome in Sydney, Australia (program in French time)
1- Canada 4 points
2- Serbia 3
3- Japan 3
4- France 3
5- Australia 1
6- Mali 1
Friday September 23
Serbia – Japan: 69-64
France – Canada : 45-59
12:30 p.m. : Mali – Australia