Women’s Basketball World Cup: Mali drowned by Australia

Already dominated by Japan in the first match, the Malian basketball players suffered the wrath of the Australian vice-world champions on Friday (118-58). The host country was keen to catch up after missing its entry into its tournament the day before (70-57 defeat against France).

Drafted at the last minute after the withdrawal of the three-time Nigerian African champions, the Ladies Eagles knew that this World Cup would be very complicated. Reversed in the most difficult group for only their second participation in the World Cup, they chained a second loss against a team playing in their room.

Nothing infamous therefore and we prefer to retain the positive, in particular a new high-flying performance for the powerful winger Sika Konestill not intimidated on the Australian courts.

Against Australia, she finished best rebounder (6) and best passer (5) of her team while Djeneba N’Diaye remains the top scorer (15 points).

Touty Gandega and her teammates will be able to rest on Saturday before playing three matches in three days: Sunday against France, Monday against Serbia before a final outing against Canada next Tuesday.

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