Africa

FIBA World Cup: Mali Lost To Australia In Opening Game

Mali, who replaced Nigeria’s D’Tigress as the African champions, dropped their opening group match at the Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, falling to Japan 89-56.

The West Africans were behind by a score of 47-29 at the half after trailing by a score of 21-18 after the first quarter.

Mali’s leading scorer was point guard Djeneba N’Diaye, who finished with 13 points, as Japan won easily with 16 three-pointers.

Due to Nigeria’s decision to withdraw from the international competition in June, the 2007 African champions were granted access to their second World Cup.

Prior to games against France, Serbia, and Canada in Group B on consecutive days starting on Sunday, Mali will play the hosts Australia on Friday (10:30 GMT).

France defeated Australia 70-57 in their opening game.

In Group A, the defending champions USA defeated Belgium 87-72 to start their campaign in search of a fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup win.

On the opening day of the competition, Puerto Rico, China, and Canada all won.