The United States defeated China (83-61) to win the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s Basketball World Cup at the Sydney Superdome, Australia. The Americans bagged their fourth title in a row and 11th in total and have also sealed a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. A’Ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray were the star performers for the US. Wilson contributed 19 points and five rebounds while compatriot Gray got 10 points and an impressive eight assists.
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For the Chinese, Yueru Li was the standout performer, with 19 points and 12 rebounds, only to finish on the losing end. In the other game, Canada 95-65 in the third-place game. Australia’s legend Lauren Jackson scored a stellar 30 points that helped the hosts past Canada 95-65 in the bronze medal match.
History of FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup:
- The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, also known as the Basketball World Cup for Women or simply the FIBA Women’s World Cup, is an international basketball tournament for women’s national teams held quadrennially. It was created by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
- Its inaugural game was in 1953 in Chile, three years after the first men’s World Championship. For most of its early history, it was not held in the same year as the men’s championship and was not granted a consistent quadrennial cycle until 1967.
- After the 1983 event, FIBA changed the scheduling so that the women’s tournament would be held in even-numbered non-Olympic years, a change that had come to the men’s tournament in 1970.
- Formerly known as the FIBA World Championship for Women, the name changed shortly after its 2014 edition. From 1986 through 2014, the tournament was held in the same year as the men’s FIBA Basketball World Cup, though in different countries.
- After the 2014 editions of both championships, the men’s event was rescheduled on a new four-year cycle (the latest in 2019) to avoid conflict with the men’s FIFA World Cup, but the Women’s World Cup remains on the same four-year cycle, with editions held in the same years as the men’s FIFA World Cup and the finals tournament played a few months after it.
- The 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup was held in Sydney, Australia.
Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:
- International Basketball Federation Founded: 18 June 1932;
- International Basketball Federation Headquarters: Mies, Switzerland;
- International Basketball Federation President: Hamane Niang;
- International Basketball Federation Secretary General: Andreas Zagklis.