Japan claim fifth FIBA Women's Asia Cup title in a row after epic Final in Amman
AMMAN (Jordan) - Japan lifted their sixth FIBA Women's Asia Cup trophy and fifth in a row on Sunday night in Amman after an incredible Final showdown against China,
In a repeat of the previous title game, it was Japan who prevailed as they won 78-73 in a fantastic advert for the women's game. Hoping for their first silverware since 2011, China were largely undone by the brilliance of point guard Saori Miyazaki who showed out with 26 points and 11 assists.
Himawari Akaho was rewarded as being a standout leader for the champions with the TISSOT MVP award for the tournament, so often setting the tone for the suffocating defense that Japan rely on. She was joined in the All-Star Five by Miyazaki who led the tournament with 9.6 assists per game.
Yueru Li and Sijing Huang of China also sealed a place, with tournament leading scorer Sami Whitcomb of Australia included after propelling the Opals to back to back bronze medals.
The event also served to confirm the field for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournaments, with Japan, China and Korea joining host nation Australia.
About the FIBA Women's Asia Cup
The FIBA Women's Asia Cup is the premier women's national team basketball competition that brings together the best teams from the Asia/Oceania region. The 29th edition of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup took place in Amman, Jordan. The city will also hold the Division B tournament in November 2021.
The inaugural FIBA Women's Asia Cup took place in Seoul, Korea in 1965 with the hosts emerging as the first champions after beating rivals Japan in the Final. Altogether, Korea has won 12 of the 28 editions of the competition to date, with China accounting for further eleven title, and current reigning champions Japan now six - including the last five in a row.
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FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).