Fiba Women’s Basketball World Cup final: USA v Australia – live!
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- Opals going for second title, US are searching for their 10th
It’s academic, but just for the record, the U.S. women have qualified for the 2020 Olympics.
We’re about to learn the tournament MVP, which surely would have gone to Liz Cambage if Australia had even made it close in the final. Now it’s a tough call. The USA have no single player who stands out. Breanna Stewart led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. Brittney Griner, who only played four of the six games, was second at 12.8 and was dominant in the final, shutting down Cambage and being a consistent scoring threat as the USA broke open the game.
Final score: 73-56, as Tess Lavey hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut it to 17.
Let’s not undersell this accomplishment. Australia and Spain have strong programs. Tall players are no longer a novelty in women’s basketball. As in women’s soccer, international players frequently come to the USA for college and pro ball.