heavily beaten by Canada, Les Bleues fall from above

The French women’s basketball team failed to confirm its inaugural victory against Australia (70-57) at the World Cup by being heavily beaten by Canada this Friday in Sydney (59-45).

Les Bleues come down from their little cloud. This Friday, the day after their resounding victory against Australia, the French were sharply beaten by Canada for their second pool match at the World Basketball (59-45).

After knocking down the Australians, host of the competition and among the favorites for the title, the Blues, lacking in marksmanship (31%), thus miss the opportunity to get closer to the quarter-finals before facing the Mali Sunday (06:30 French). In Group B, they let the Canadians take the lead (2 wins) and find themselves neck and neck (one success) with Serbia, Japan and Australia if they beat Mali in the evening, if sporting logic is respected.

A huge air pocket between the end of the first period and the start of the second

After having experienced a huge air pocket between the end of the first period and the start of the second (0-17, from 17-20 to 17-37), they lost with a significant gap which canceled out the difference in points. favorable acquired after the success against the Australians. In the event of a tie between more than two teams, they will be decided by the general point difference.

Is it fatigue? The contrast compared to the day before, with stands this time almost empty? Jean-Aimé Toupane’s players were in any case only the shadow of the team that brought down the Australian host. Not so much in defense, where they maintained the same aggressiveness but fell on a more skilful team, especially from the second quarter, than in attack.

They thus experienced a huge loss in shooting, which they did not manage to catch up by taking offensive rebounds (19 Canadian shots), and lost too many balls (14). On an individual level, Gabby Williams shone less than against the Opals (13 pts against 23) and was too little supported: no other player passed the bar of 10 units (7 pts each for Alexia Chartereau and Marine Fauthoux) .


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