As of the time of this post, we have a bronze medal winner, and all the final rankings in the FIBA World Championships have been decided except for the Gold Medal winner, which will either be Team USA or Spain. Below are quick recaps of the third, fifth, and seventh place matches on Sunday in Turkey.
Australia blows out Turkey, 74-44 to win the Bronze Medal
The Opals held the hometown team to 29.1% shooting, and even held them to 12-of-42 shooting from two point range. The Turks also committed 17 turnovers while only dishing 7 assists as a team. When you couple that with Australia outshooting, outrebounding, and taking care of the ball much better, that spells a big win. Opals center Marianna Tolo led all scorers with 21 points in the win.
Australia's bronze medal finish in the 2014 FIBA World Championships also continues a very long streak for medal winning performances in this tournament and the Olympics. The Opals have been third place or better in the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Canada wins the fifth place game over China, 61-53
Kim Gaucher scored 16 points, while Miranda Ayim scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead Team Canada to their highest FIBA World Championship finish since 1996 when they won the bronze medal. For Team China, Ting Shao, led the way with 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
France wins seventh place game against Serbia, 88-74
France's Sandrine Gruda sat this game out due to injury. But even without her, the French doubled up the Serbians in rebounding (41-20), which proved to be the difference in this game. The Serbians actually outshot the French (they shot a blistering 53.7% from the field), but their lack of rebounding, which has been an issue throughout the FIBA World Championships, haunted them once again. It was also exacerbated when they could not steal the ball many times as a team. They only did so four times, considerably less than during group play.
On the bright side for Serbia, Ana Dabovic scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and regained the scoring touch she had earlier in the tournament. Both she and her older sister Milica combined for all of Serbia's four steals.