The Spanish men's national basketball team was "supposed" to play Team USA in the FIBA World Cup Final, but France put a dent in those plans. The Spanish women however are pulling their weight and will face Team USA in the World Championship final. Now, let's go over some final scores from the semifinals and the consolation bracket:
Team Spain defeats Turkey, 66-56
Alba Torrens scored 28 points and Sancho Lyttle added 18 more to help Spain advance to the championship game. The game was decided in the fourth quarter once the Spanish went on a 25-17 run to close the game. For the home team, LaToya Sanders (she goes by Lara Sanders on the Turkish team) scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the loss.
Team USA beats Australia, 82-70
Maya Moore and Tina Charles scored 20 points each to lead Team USA to a solid win over the Opals. Though Team USA won by only 12 points here, this game felt like an even bigger win than that, once you consider that the Americans outshot (50.8% for USA vs. 34.2% for AUS) and outrebounded the Australians (49-31) by big margins.
Teams are also playing for 5th through 7th place in the tournament. Here's how they fared.
China beat Serbia soundly, 85-69
The Chinese had a wire-to-wire win in this one, especially with ball movement, where they had 22 team assists as opposed to the Serbians' 12. Ting Shao had a nice bounce back game as she scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and made four steals.
The Serbians shot poorly from 2 point range (17-of-47), which negated a good performance from three (7-of-17). They also weren't able to grab many steals as a team, which was why they had a strong performance earlier in group play. To be fair, both Milica and Ana Dabovic had five of Serbia's six steals, and they also combined for 23 points. Jelena Milovanovic also scored in double figures. She made three of her five three point shots, but was 0-of-6 from two point range.
Canada beat France, 55-40
Neither team shot well in this game, but France was really bad, where they only made 15-of-55 shots, good for a field goal percentage rate of 27.3%. For the Canadians, Miranda Ayim scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.The win guarantees the Canadians their highest finish in the World Championships since 1986 when thy were third place.
For France, though Sandrine Gruda had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, she did so shooting 3-of-11 from the field.
Here is the schedule for the final day of FIBA World Championship competition. All games are on WatchESPN or LiveBasketball.TV as an online option. TV options are in parentheses if applicable:
- Serbia vs. France in the 7th place game, 6:50 a.m. ET
- Canada vs. China in the 5th place game, 9:05 a.m. ET (NBA TV Canada - in Canada)
- Australia vs. Turkey in the 3rd place game, 11:50 a.m. ET
- United States vs. Spain in the Championship Game, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2 - in the USA)