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The Daily Swish: Catching up with the rest of the FIBA World Championship teams

Happy very early Tuesday everyone! Time to get to some links.

Australia's Tessa Lavey handles the ball as Korea's Jihyun Shin defends her in a Sunday game.
Australia's Tessa Lavey handles the ball as Korea's Jihyun Shin defends her in a Sunday game.
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We have been focusing heavily on Team USA and Team Canada in our coverage of the FIBA World Championships.

But we haven't focused atall on Groups A and C, the two groups where the Americans and Canadians aren't playing in. With one more day of group play, let's catch up on all the other teams and see how they're doing. I also have a few more links from outside of FIBA.

FIBA WC Group A:

Currently, Spain and the Czech Republic are both 2-0 in Group play, while Brazil and Japan both are winless. I'm surprised Brazil is winless considering that they have some WNBA players. Japan doesn't have any WNBA players, and they're probably just happy to be there.

Saturday scores

Spain beat Japan, 74-50 - As you might have expected, Anna Cruz and Sancho Lyttle led the way.

Czech Republic beat Brazil, 68-55 - Despite the fact that four Czech players did not play, Brazil lost the game, and started the game out cold.

Sunday scores

Spain beat Brazil, 83-56 - Four Spanish players, including Cruz and Lyttle scored in double digits. For the Brazilians, only Erika de Souza scored in double figures.

Czech Republic beat Japan, 71-57 - The Japanese kept this game close in the first half, but the talent disparity showed from thereon.


Australia and Belarus are both 2-0. They will play each other later today -- expect Australia to win this game. Cuba and Korea are both winless and will play each other for a chance to avoid going 0-3.

Saturday scores

Australia won their first game against Cuba, 90-57 - In the first and third quarters, Team Cuba couldn't even score more than 10 points against the Opals, who scored 22 or 23 points in each period.

Belarus squeezed by Korea, 70-64 - The Koreans took a quick early lead in which turned into a deficit in the second half after they weren't able to score much in the second quarter. They eventually caught near the Belarusians at the end, but it wasn't enough. This was a match between the 10th and 11th ranked teams in the world, and it was one of the few competitive games that night.

Sunday scores

Australia blew out Korea, 87-54 - Five Opals scored in double figures in a wire-to-wire win over the Koreans. For Korea, Younjoo Kim led their team in scoring with 17 points, including five three pointers.

Belarus beat Cuba, 70-69 - The Cubans were leading toward the end of this game, but a late run by the Belarusians changed the outcome of the game.


Turkey leads the group with a 2-0 record, while France and Canada have identical 1-1 records. Mozambique is the lone winless team in this group of four.

Non-Team Canada scores

Turkey edged out France, 50-48 on Saturday - Despite a double-double from Sandrine Gruda, and a really ugly second quarter when they only scored three points in the second quarter, the Turkish were able to persever and won the game. Latoya Sanders led Turkey with 13 points and 7 rebounds in the win.

France nearly doubled up Mozambique, 89-45 on Sunday - After the aforementioned loss to Turkey, Gruday led the French with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting to get Team France back up to a 1-1 record in group play. Leia Dongue led the Mozambicans with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.


Team USA leads the group and finishes their group play slate with a match against Team Angola. Serbia and China will fight for a quarterfinals appearance later today.

Non-Team USA scores

Serbia pummeled Angola, 102-42 on Saturday - Jelena Milovanovic led the Serbians with 16 points. Three more players scored in double figures, including Ana Dabovic, who also had 6 assists. For Angola, they were totally outmatched, and no one scored in double figures for the game. Luisa Tomas had the best game for the Angolans with 9 points and 5 rebounds.

China blew out Angola, 65-39 on Sunday - Shao Ting led the Chinese with 14 points off the bench, while Xiaojia Chen added 7 points and 6 assists, while only committing one turnover. For the Angolans, Nacissela Mauricio scored 18 points in the loss.

More General FIBA links

Team Serbia head coach Marina Maljkovic was pleased with her team despite a Sunday loss to Team USA - She said after the game that "[forcing] such a huge number of turnovers (21 of them) on a team like the USA is really big deal for a team like Serbia." Link to

Team Cuba coach Alberto Zabala is also pleased with his team's progress, despite going 0-2 in group play - Zabala still wants to finish on a high note with a win against Korea. He went on to say that "Korea will present a different kind of challenge. They play a different style than we are used to, but we ready for a fight." Link to

Team China is going through a transition of sorts, but forward Shao Ting is a 24-year old forward who has emerged as the team's leading scorer - Shao is surprised that she is on the team, where she said, "One year ago, if somebody told me I'd be here, I would have just laughed." She only sered on junior national teams at the World University Games in 2011 and 2013. Despite her humble nature, Tom Maher, the Chinese team's head coach thinks Shao could be a very special player long term where he said, "[Shao] is the first player ever to come from university to the national team. I think in a couple of years she will be a wonderful player." Link to

Which teams will advance to the Best-of-12 Tournament? - Team USA and Team Turkey have advanced with byes to the quarterfinals, but most of the other countries still have a shot to stay alive after the group phase is over.

Other links from women's basketball and beyond

Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times had a Q&A with Seattle Storm forward Camille Little - In the Q&A, she talked about the team missing its first playoff berth since 2003, the role she would have on the team going forward, and more.

Alana Glass of wrote about espnW's Women and Sports  Summit, which will be held on October 8-10 in Dana Point, California - A number of speakers will be there including journalists Maria Shirver, and Stacey Allaster, the Chairman and CEO of the WTA.

Rachel Cohen of the AP wrote about the debut of CBS Sports Network's "We Need to Talk" - The debut of this show features an all-women cast, which is the first known show of its kind.

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