This Tuesday (04), the Brazil women’s basketball team faced the United States in the fourth and final match of the group stage of the FIBA AmeriCup 2023 in Leon, Mexico, and dominated the entire tournament to win. 67 to 54.
Brazil finished Group A unbeaten and qualified for the quarter-finals. Brazil debuted with an emphatic 92 to 53 victory over Cuba, but fared poorly in the following clashes against Venezuela, winning 90 to 76, and Argentina narrowly winning 56 to 55. Brazil played your best against the North, Americans.
For Brazil, Sampaio Basquete’s point guard, Tainá Paixão, hit 11/11 free throws and led the way with 23 points and 4 rebounds. 22-year-old USC center Camila Soares recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Erika de Souza, a senior center from Sampaio Basquete, had 7 points and 7 rebounds.
UCLA’s 19-year-old center Lauren Betts went for 11 points and 15 rebounds, USC guard Raven Johnson had 8 points and 3 rebounds and University of Tennessee guard Rickia Jackson finished. with 10 points.
In the knockout round, Brazil will face fourth-placed Colombia in a controversial Group B clash with Mexico on Friday (07). The AmeriCup offers two spots for the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers. As of now, only the USA (reigning world champions) and France (the host nation) have secured berths at the Paris Olympics.
The game started evenly, but was very tense. Neither team was able to punish their opponents for mistakes and the score remained low for most of the first quarter. The USA led for most of the period (9 to 12), but Jose Neto’s team came back in the final part of the first ten minutes and never trailed on the scoreboard (12 to 15 for Brazil).
Brazil dominated the second period. It was 15 to 4 (30 to 16) in the first 6:30 of the quarter and was able to punish many of its opponents’ mistakes very well. The USA finished the game with 21 disposals to 9 for the Brazilians. Brazil held off any competitive reaction and went into the break with 10 points (35 to 25).
Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter. The U.S. took advantage of Brazil’s greatest difficulty to score at the 4:50 mark (34 to 39 for Brazil). Brazil was unfazed again and managed to return to a 10-point advantage by the end of the half (49 to 39).
Capitalizing on the North Americans’ sloppiness, Brazil held on to a 10-15 point advantage in the final quarter to record a fearless victory.
(Photo: Twitter Reproduction / FIBA Women’s America’s Cup)
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