The US women won their fourth gold at the World Cup and beats China. The United States beat China 83-61 to win its fourth straight women’s World Cup gold medal.
A’ja Wilson scored 19 points, and Kelsey Plum added 17.
This was one of the best American teams in the long history of the World Cup. They now have 11 gold medals to show for it. They have now won four gold medals in a row, which has never happened before. This was also the most prominent win in a gold-medal game, beating the Americans’ two 20-point wins.
Wilson, who was chosen as the tournament’s most valuable player, said, “It feels great.” “We came here to do something, and we did it. We got gold. Now we’re taking some tools home with us. We like it a lot. We had a great time in Australia. I didn’t see any kangaroos, but that’s okay because we’re leaving with gold.”
Wilson and Breanna Stewart are now carrying on what Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi started. With Alyssa Thomas, 30, being the oldest player, this dominance could last long.
The Americans did well on both court ends as they have done all tournament. They played great defense and had a potent offense.
At the end of the World Cup, the U.S. averaged 98.8 points, which was just below the record set by the 1994 team, which averaged 99.1. They won by an average of 40,8 points, which was better than the 2010 team’s record.
Nearly 16,000 people went to the game, the most to watch a women’s World Cup game since the first one in 1953 in Chile.
China stuck around, led by Li Yueru and Wu Tongtong. Late in the second quarter, the Chinese team was behind 33–28. Then, the U.S. went on a 10–2 run, with fast-break layups by Stewart and Wilson helping to make the lead double.
Jin Weina made a 3-point shot right before the halftime buzzer, bringing China within 10 points.
In the third, the U.S. outscored China 25–14, so the upset couldn’t happen. It was a scary moment for the Americans when Thomas went down after he hit Li in the lane. She had to be assisted off the court, but she returned after a few minutes.
“We knew it would be hard, and it was,” Thomas said. “This game is by no means easy. We didn’t give up, and we won.”
China won its first medal since the World Cup in 1994 when the team took silver. They are becoming a rising power in women’s basketball since they won their first medal. After the game, the team took a picture with their flag and the president of the Chinese Basketball Association, men’s great Yao Ming.
I finished with 19 points, and Wu added 13 more before leaving the game in the fourth quarter because her knee gave out while she was driving to the basket. She had to be assisted off the court.
The win was the United States 30th in a row at the World Cup. They haven’t lost since the semifinals against Russia in 2006. From 1959 to 1986, the Soviet Union won the World Cup 56 times. This is only the second time in the United States’ long history that they have won four gold medals in a row. They did it again from 1979 to 1990 and won three times.
Even without 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, this U.S. team, which has a lot of new players, continued to dominate in the paint, outscoring its opponents by an average of 55-24.
In pool play, these two teams played each other. China gave the U.S. its most challenging game, losing 14 points.
US women at WOMEN’S WORLD
Andreas Zagklis, the head of FIBA, was happy that half of the tournament’s officials were women and that five of the 12 head coaches were women. Both China and the U.S. had women in charge of their teams. This was the second gold medal game in a row where two teams with women in charge won.
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Kahleah Copper couldn’t play for the U.S. for the second straight game because she hurt her left hip in the quarterfinals win over Serbia. Copper fell hard on her hip while driving to the basket and had to be helped off the court. China was without its best guard, Li Meng, who sat out for a second straight game with what Chinese media said was a fever from being tired.
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