On October 1, Beijing time, the 2022 Women's Basketball World Cup officially came to an end. The Chinese women's basketball team broke the historical record and reached the final again. Facing the powerful American women's basketball team, the Chinese women's basketball team played its own style and characteristics without fearing a strong enemy, and finally lost 61-83 to win the silver medal.
Looking back at the promotion process of the Chinese women's basketball team in this World Cup, it is described in one word as "stable". In the first game of the group stage, the Chinese women's basketball team defeated the South Korean women's basketball team 107-44, refreshing the biggest winning point difference against the South Korean women's basketball team. In this campaign, the Chinese women's basketball team scored 5 people to double figures, Li Meng and Yang Liwei each scored 14 points, and Han Xu scored 13 points and 15 rebounds. In the second game against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Chinese women's basketball team won the game 98-51 without suspense, and once again 5 people scored in double figures. Han Xu scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in the unsolvable performance at both ends of the offensive and defensive ends, Li Meng had 17 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, Li Yueru had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Wu Tongtong had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, and Yang Liwei had 3 assists and 2 steals.
After two big wins, Chinese fans began to look forward to the third game against the United States. Although the gap between the strength of the two sides is more obvious, the Chinese women's basketball team is not without the strength of a battle. The U.S. team started with an 11-0 run to show the strength of the world number one. The Chinese team quickly played a wave of 13-2 to tie the score after the adjustment, withstanding the wild bombardment of the opening of the American team. In the second quarter, the U.S. team took advantage of the Chinese team's mistakes to play a continuous counterattack, leading China by 19 points at halftime. In the third quarter, Li Meng hit consecutive three-pointers on the outside, and Han Xu cooperated with his teammates under the basket to narrow the point difference to single digits again. Although the Chinese team failed to further narrow the point gap in the last quarter, the US women's basketball team could not continue to expand the results. Although the Chinese women's basketball team lost, but let everyone see hope, if the Chinese team to do a little better in the details, the United States team is not invincible.
In the knockout round, the Chinese women's basketball team faced the French women's basketball team that was fourth in Group B, and did not dare to be careless, after all, this is a game that will determine the outcome of the game. In the World Preliminary Round at the beginning of the year, the Chinese women's basketball team had a 103-70 victory over the French women's basketball team, but this does not mean that the Chinese team has the certainty of victory in the main game, after all, the French women's basketball team has defeated the host Australia in the group stage, and it is not a fish belly team. Sure enough, in the game, the French team used the high-intensity physical confrontation to create great trouble for the Chinese team's attack, and the French team's three points on the attack were also particularly accurate. Li Meng and Huang Sijing's big-heart performances allowed the Chinese team to withstand the pressure and eventually beat the French women's basketball team 85-71 to advance to the final four.
In the semi-finals, the Chinese team faced the host Australia, and many media before the game sang that it was difficult for the Chinese team to cross the Australian level. In particular, Li Meng, the main scorer of the Chinese team before the game, was unable to play with a fever, which made the Chinese team even worse. This year's Australian women's basketball team lacks Camperch, Lauren Jackson is 41 years old, although there are such famous players as Whitcomb, but the Chinese team can definitely break the wrist with the opponent if the lineup is neat. In the match, as expected, the score was tied several times, and Australia overtook the score in the second half. At the last minute, the Chinese team withstood the pressure and equalized. At the crucial moment of the decisive battle, Wang Siyu hit two free throws to send the Chinese team to the final. At the Tokyo Olympics, it was Wang Siyu's free throw that gave the Chinese team a one-point narrow victory over Australia.
In the final, Li Meng still could not play, and Zhang Ru entered the starting lineup. In the first half, the Chinese women's basketball team won consecutive attacks in the first quarter, and then the United States team used its personal ability to gradually pull the score away. At half-time, China trailed by 10 points. In the second half, the Chinese team still did not have a good offensive method under the strong defense of the opponent. In the final quarter, the Chinese women's basketball team replaced Han Xu and Li Yueru's double-tower lineup with a miracle effect, and Li Yueru scored 19 points and 12 rebounds. Wu Tongtong dared to fight, and helped the Chinese team break the scoring drought at the critical moment, until he retired from the field with injury. Although the Chinese women's basketball team failed to break the historical record, such a performance is enough to make the Chinese people proud. Bless the women's basketball team and also congratulations to the women's basketball team for winning the World Cup runner-up.
Looking forward to the Paris Olympics two years later, the average age of these female basketball players is about 27-28 years old, and they are in the golden age of basketball players, and we have the ability and hope to achieve further breakthroughs.