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The records and landmarks that could be set at #FIBAWWC in Tenerife
TENERIFE (FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018) – It promises to be the best ever FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and even more so because records could tumble and new high tidemarks recorded in Tenerife.
Here is our list of just some of the possibilities we’re waiting for:
A new title winner or Finalist
History could be made if the likes of hosts Spain manage to pick up their first ever FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup title. There will also be new tournament record highs for the highly fancied France and Canada, who have not even competed in a Final previously. Or, will we see a new nation hit the podium for the first time?
Loyd looking for landmark
Jewell Loyd is playing at her first ever major tournament for USA and if they climb back to the top of the podium, it will be special for her in more ways than one. Not only will she become a winner on debut at the event, she will become the first player in history to complete a famous double, with nobody having also won a FIBA 3x3 World Championship.
Will we get to see two players dunking in the same game at this tournament for the first time? Well, everyone will remember that Liz Cambage dunk at the 2012 Olympics going viral and if Australia match-up with the USA and Brittney Griner, who dunked at the previous edition, then we might get to see this first. That dunk was rated at the top play of the tournament in Istanbul.
That 10,000 point milestone
As mentioned in our 'All you need to know about the #FIBAWWC in Tenerife’ there is excitement and anticipation of USA becoming the first nation to drop 10,000 points in this competition. They are a lock to do this as they are sat on 9639 points, so it's just a case of when and of course who, will score that historical basket.
Guaranteed history for the rookies
Guaranteed since competition first-timers Latvia, Belgium and Puerto Rico can not all all finish winless and go a combined 0-9. So at least one of them will rack up a maiden win and enter the history books.
A longshot for Korea
They have not went far in this competition during the last 50 years, but women's basketball does like to surprise from time to time and so could Korea pull level with, or overhaul second placed Brazil in the All-Time appearance list? They are currently on 110 games, with the absent Brazil on 115 and so must reach the Semi-Finals to achieve this.
Nigeria getting off the mark
Nigeria have lost every game they have played at previous editions and so can they finally get that elusive and belated victory? Surely they will fancy their chances in what looks to be a favorable group on paper, with Turkey, Argentina and Australia.