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USA crowned U17 Women's world champions for a fourth time after beating France in Final
MINSK, Belarus (FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2018) - The USA on Sunday clinched a fourth FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup title after beating France 92-40 in the Final of the competition's 2018 edition.
Under the watchful eye of FIBA President Horacio Muratore, the winners of the tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2014 set the tone early as they raced out to a 16-2 start and stayed in control to deny the French a first-ever title. The victory also enabled them to sign off on their campaign in the Belarusian capital with a perfect 7-0 mark.
Aliyah Boston top scored with 16 points in a balanced attack as five players hit double figures for USA including Jordan Horston, who had a dozen to go with 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Click here for more.
Australia overcame Hungary to take a 57-51 victory in the 3rd-Place Game. After going scoreless in the first half, Shyla Heal was inspired after the break and finished with 16 points to propel her side onto the third step of the podium. Hungary had led by as many as 8 points in the third quarter, but were unable to hold on and fell short of repeating their third-place finish from 2014. Click here to find out more.
Horston was rewarded for her fine display in the Final and all-around play throughout the tournament by being named the TISSOT MVP and headlining the All-Star Five, where the 17-year-old guard was joined by USA team-mates in Haley Jones and Aliyah Boston, with Australia's Shyla Heal and Iliana Rupert of France completing the lineup. Click here to find out more.
Also on hand to witness the culmination of the U17 Women's World Cup were: FIBA Africa President and FIBA Vice-President Hamane Niang; FIBA Europe President and FIBA Executive Committee member Turgay Demirel; FIBA Europe Vice-President and FIBA Central Board member Cyriel Coomans; FIBA Executive Committee and FIBA Central Board member Lena Wallin-Kantzy.
Final Standings of the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2018
12. New Zealand
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