2022 Women's Basketball World Cup Thread

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peternorth

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Favourites the USA dispatched the plucky Belgians who shot 40% from deep.

The tiny nation of Puerto Rico beat the former part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

And in the battle of East Asia, powerhouse China whalloped the Korean team 107-44.

Lauren Jackson has made her comeback and already registered, as the nation battles the French. The commentary team includes the dulcet tones of Michelle Timms and Lauren Phillips. Did you know Phillips plays footy?


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The commentary team includes the dulcet tones of Michelle Timms and Lauren Phillips. Did you know Phillips plays footy?

Did you know her name is Erin? 😉

Go the Opals, Get back to your former glory. Hard to believe LJ is playing for Australia again.
 

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Looks like France were much better prepared. Timmsy groaning at every mistake and can't believe the under par effort.
 

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Just no stars in this team, and no offensive threats. Coupled with a lack of effort to make up for the lack of talent. This feels alot like the Olympics.


Why George gets played ahead of Tolo is beyond me.
 

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Just no stars in this team, and no offensive threats. Coupled with a lack of effort to make up for the lack of talent. This feels alot like the Olympics.


Why George gets played ahead of Tolo is beyond me.

Couldn’t agree more. Our basketball style hasn’t progressed in the last decade. We have no players who can create their own shot, if we get late in a shot clock we are toast each time. I love Ezi but I don’t think she has the mindset to be the number one player on the team. I’ve been hoping Heal can be the player to come into the Opals and have that killer offensive, shooters mentality.

And George is a hack, won’t get her ass in the paint, wants to heave bricks from 3 all night.

Same old I’m afraid.
 

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Opals struggled with passing, shooting, defence, general smarts and game plan. How do we not have a single guard who can handle a bit of defensive pressure?

Crowd interaction after the game was all selfies and smiles though, so gotta give them credit for that.
 

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Offence was tripe.
Could not generate any good shots, forced to take bad shots, shot very badly…
 

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Don't watch a lot of basketball, will watch World Cups and Olympics and some other games I have had a bet on. Brondello? Right person for the job, just hasn't got the cattle and gets the best out of the team? ? Or underperforming coach who have they stuck with for too long? Someone who knows more than me might offer their opinion. Cheers.
 

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I do watch a lot of basketball. Our issues are primarily talent-related IMO, which I've likely alluded to in whatever few women's basketball threads there have been here.
Pretty fair summary by Big_Luch above.

Backcourt situation is dire, and we've got a lot of players who are excellent role players but not stars. Magbegor, Talbot, Allen, Wallace & Whitcomb have all recently proven their ability to contribute at the elite level, and Tolo still has a bit left in the tank, but there's not a reliable scorer among them.

This situation has its roots at the junior development level. And it's only going to be exacerbated from here by the rise of other women's leagues - in particular AFLW and netball.
 
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Couldn’t agree more. Our basketball style hasn’t progressed in the last decade. We have no players who can create their own shot, if we get late in a shot clock we are toast each time. I love Ezi but I don’t think she has the mindset to be the number one player on the team. I’ve been hoping Heal can be the player to come into the Opals and have that killer offensive, shooters mentality.

And George is a hack, won’t get her ass in the paint, wants to heave bricks from 3 all night.

Same old I’m afraid.

George has hit 2 3s in a row just now! :eek:

make that 3 in a row.
 

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Perfect rotations in the 2nd half. Plenty of minutes into the younger legs.
 

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Shooting % very good against much poorer defence tonight - unlike v the French who squashed our offence

Will be much tougher again next game - sadly expecting more poor shot selection as a result…
 

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