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India suffers a crushing defeat to Japan in Women’s Asia Cup

Stealing the thunder: Japan’s star performer Himawari Akaho recorded 23 points against India.

Stealing the thunder: Japan’s star performer Himawari Akaho recorded 23 points against India.   | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

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Japan crushed India 103-27 on the opening day of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Division-A basketball tournament at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

The defending champion proved to be superior to India in every department of the game. The trademark Japanese offensive speed left India gasping, and tight defence gave the home team little option but to attempt wild shots and layups.

Himawari Akaho was the star performer of the match, recording 23 points. Point guard Rui Machida kept the action at a hectic pace, and spread the ball well.

Perfect fast-break play

It was Akaho who got Japan on the scoreboard, with an early corner three-pointer. Only a few seconds later, skipper Maki Takada found herself without company under the board to complete a perfect fast-break play.

The Japan unit was not quite the well-oiled machine seen in the previous edition, but on the day, it was enough to coast to victory.

For India, Shireen Limaye (11 points) stood out. Shireen was unafraid to drive through the lane and take a few bumps.

India next takes on South Korea — another tough Group-A opponent — on Wednesday.

The results:

Group A: South Korea 48 (Minjeong Kim 10) bt Chinese Taipei 44 (I-Hsiu Cheng 10).

Japan 103 (Himawari Akaho 23, Sanae Motokawa 16, Saki Hayashi 11, Evelyn Mawuli 11, Moeko Nagaoka 10) bt India 27 (Shireen Limaye 11).

Group B: Australia 123 (Ezi Magbegor 18, Jenna O’Hea 17, Cayla George 11, Sara Blicavs 11, Bec Allen 11, Abby Bishop 11, Steph Talbot 11, Lauren Marie Nicholshon 10) bt Philippines 57 (Gemma Miranda 17, Afril Bernardino 15).

China 67 (Yuan Li 13, Shao Ting 13, Tongtong Wu 10) bt New Zealand 44 (Micaela Cocks 10).

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