Les Bleus stun Australia in the Women’s World Cup opener.
On Thursday, the daughters of Jean-Aimé Toupane defeated the Olympic vice-champions in Sydney (70-57). This victory came even though they were missing important executives.
A wonderful entry blow: the French women’s basketball team, despite being hampered by the absence of many big players, defeated Australia at home (70-57), with style, to make a success of its entry into participating in the World Cup on Thursday in Sydney. This victory was a terrific entry blow.
Even after the package containing their most potent attacking weapon, Marine Johannès was revealed on Tuesday, the Bleus guaranteed that they would look the “Opals” in the eye and felt confident in their ability to win against anyone. They were able to keep their word thanks to a tenacious defense, a record-setting effort by Gabby Williams (23 points), and the carelessness of Australia, who had previously upset them on Friday in the warm-up game (92-88). Therefore, the players of Jean-Aimé Toupane have already been put for the qualification for the quarterfinals, which might be nearly in the pocket in the event of a new victory on Friday against Canada (6:00 p.m. French).
They were able to make up the difference in the second period even though they were missing fifty percent of the team that won the bronze medal at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. In addition to Johannès, they were missing Sandrine Gruda, Endy Miyem, Olivier Epoupa, Alix Duchet, and Valériane Vukosavljevic (due to personal reasons). (at the half, it was 32-31) In particular, a symbol because of the four consecutive points scored by Magna Touré, who came in as a last-minute replacement for Johannès and scored two baskets to give the Blues a seven-point advantage (50-43).
Williams, after achieving a first quarter of fire (12 points), then came out of her box by copying Touré with likewise four points in a row, which put her in a position to win the game (58-50). Then, less than one minute and thirty seconds before the end, the three-point shot that sealed a victory (66-57) within the end of the largest gap of the match came into play (13 points). A margin that might come into play in the end if multiple teams finish tied for first place.