US golden girls make it so easy 

AMERICA’S golden women have won their third straight FIBA Basketball World Cup title, beating Australia 73-56 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna on Sunday, to earn their 10th crown overall.

Spain reached the podium in third place after a gallant effort against Belgium, winning 67-60 on Sunday, before the final.

Diana Taurasi, who scored 13 points, gave the US a strong 10-0 start, and the Aussies could only get within three points for the remainder of play.

It was the first time the US hadn’t trailed in the tournament, and, as the final seconds wound down, Taurasi hugged all her team-mates and coaches on the bench.

Victory gave the team’s Sue Bird a fourth World Cup winner’s medal, and a fifth gong overall in the tournament, which is the most collected by any player.

It also enabled Dawn Staley to become the first person ever to win a World Cup title as a player, assistant and head coach.

Breanna Stewart, who scored 10 points in the final, was named the tournament’s MVP.

Australia’s Liz Cambage, who came into the game averaging 27.2 points in the tournament, was held to just seven this time.

And she remained the No.1 enemy of Spanish fans, who jeered and whistled every time she touched the ball.

Cambage was the key to Australia’s win over host nation Spain in the semi-finals, and it was their best World Cup finish since 2006.

But the Americans remain unbeaten against Australia in Olympic and World Cup games, improving to 18-0 on Sunday. They have 11 World Cup wins over the Aussies, although this was the first time the teams had met in a final.

Sandy Brondello joined a select group of people to win a World Cup medal as both player and coach. She starred for the Australians as a player in the 1990s, before taking over the coaching job this year.

Their triumph means the Americans have earned an automatic place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.



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