USA claims 4th straight women's basketball WC title as China ties best record

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-10-01 15:41
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Team Australia members celebrate during the awarding ceremony of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 in Sydney, Australia, Oct 1, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

The host Australia claimed the World Cup bronze medal by defeating Canada for the second time during the tournament. The two teams met in the group phase, with Australia battling out a narrow 75-72 victory.

With an 8-point lead over Canada at halftime, Australia caught fire by outscoring their opponents 22 points in the second half en route to the 95-65 victory.

The 41-year-old Lauren Jackson called the shots by clinching a game-high 30 points and seven rebounds for her "last game ever in the green and gold."

The legend became the first player to score over 25 points and five rebounds in a medal game at the Women's World Cup since 2006, according to FIBA.

"I said to Sandy (Australia head coach) after the game, just thank you for selecting me, because it's given me an opportunity just to play the sport I love in front of Australia again, and to say goodbye this way is just magnificent," said the Aussie superstar, whose eyes were swelled with tears.

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