The 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Women’s Championship tipped off with India losing 46-136 to the reigning Olympic silver medalists Japan.
Barring the opening 1:11 mins, powerhouse Japan – which has won the last four consecutive Asian Championships – kept building its lead. A 41-11 opening frame put the game out of India’s grasp right away.
Asia Cup Women: Japan proves its class
The World #8 ranked Japan’s vaunted game strategy – high on-ball pressure, lightning-quick transition offense, razor-sharp passing in half-court and pinpoint outside shooting – were all on display, against the #70 ranked India.
India turned the ball over a whopping 33 times, with starting point guard Nishanthi Masilamani responsible for eight giveaways. Overall, India’s sloppiness resulted in a lopsided 61-5 points from turnovers for Japan. Japan’s 18 steals contributed to 36 fast-break points (India had only eight points in this department), and its bench too made merry, scoring 76 points (compared to just 14 by India).
20-year-old Pushpa Senthil Kumar lone Indian player in double digits, with 11 points + 8 rebs.
Next up for India, Korea on 28th Sept @ 3:30pm IST.https://t.co/ttPDSb4qDR
— Ekalavyas (Basketball_India) (@EkBballIndia) September 27, 2021
*The FIBA Asia Cup Women’s Championship will be held between 27th September – 3rd October in Amman, Jordan. The games are expected to be live-streamed on the LiveBasketball.tv app and on FIBA Youtube Channel.
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