2018: The 10th USA title, an achievement for African teams – FIBA ​​2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup

SYDNEY (Australia) – With only a few weeks to go until the 2022 FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup kicks off, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 edition.

The competition in Tenerife (Spain) was interesting on many levels. The United States – and fairly easily – successfully defended their world title, Opals reached the final under excellent Lise Campag, Spain won the bronze, the Belgian rookies won the crowd with their playful style of play and, for the first time in history, two African teams made it past the group stage.

Best team: USA

The United States destroyed everything in its path, won its six matches and never worried about its opponents. The Americans relied on Stewart’s tremendous ingenuity and the brilliance of Diana Torassi and Sue Bird. This victory without suffering marked a stage in the history of the competition: in fact, the USA won their tenth world title in Spain! They also won qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the same time.

– Stewart was voted MVP at the event, adding another individual award to the honors after winning the WNBA MVP and WNBA Finals titles with Seattle Storm. She was accompanied by her colleague Diana Torassi, the Australian Lise Campage, the Belgian Emma Mesman and the Spaniard Asto N’Dour in the “5 Major” of the tournament.

Best match: Senegal 70-69 vs Latvia

– This meeting was entertaining, dramatic, historical and perfectly expressed the potential of African women’s basketball. Senegal created a surprise by beating a more European country – enough to be most welcome by observers. Mami Marie C. Diop scored the winning basket 12 seconds from the end of the match.

Best performance: Lise Campag (Australia) vs Spain

The interior of the Opal was simply stunning throughout the competition. In particular in the semi-finals she beat Spain 72-66, a match which concluded with 33 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Future star: Ezi Magbegor (Australia)

Magbegor has since become a mainstay of the Australian national team

Having featured in the Women’s Under-17 and Under-19 World Cup finals in previous years, including being named MVP of the 2016 tournament in Zaragoza with a historic gold medal, Magbijor has attracted a lot of attention to her.

– But then it was not certain that she could assert the highest level and become one of the leaders of the opals. However, that’s what she did at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she was the best opal. But his performance in Tenerife was mediocre. Under the dominant and still young Cambage, the player has struggled against her more experienced opponents.

Historic edition of Africa thanks to Nigeria and Senegal

The two teams started the tournament with a loss, but Nigeria and Senegal, with a series of successes, did not take long. The key, the participation of the African continent in the knockout stage, which had not happened before in the competition.

Senegal was distinguished by its elimination over Latvia, while Nigeria participated in the quarter-finals after its victories over Turkey, Argentina and Greece. The Nigerians came close to achieving another milestone, losing just one point to Canada on the final day.

Belgium lights up

Belgium, the rookie in the World Championships, shone during the event, and their game filled with streaks and streaks impressed and delighted the spectators. For their debut in the world competition, the Belgians failed to reach the podium, but won the hearts of many fans. The demonstration against France was a sign of morale.

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