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FIBA Women’s World Cup: New-Look US Basketball Delivers, Honour Brittney Griner

The FIBA Women’s World Cup is off to a hot start, and the reigning champions haven’t missed a beat.

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The United States (U.S) won its first two games by a combined score of 193-114.
Fresh off the WNBA Finals, Alyssa Thomas has been in fine form.

The triple-double machine contributed 14 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds in game one against Belgium, and then 11 points against Puerto Rico.
Breanna Stewart had a team-high 22 points in game one, while Shakira Austin led the way in game two with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The U.S. has been slightly shorthanded as Aces players make their way to Australia after celebrating their WNBA championship this week.


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The team had just nine players available in its first two games, but Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum are already in camp, with A’ja Wilson following closely behind.

The U.S. has a big game against China and the group stage will be over before we know it.

Meanwhile…

Over 215 days after Brittney Griner was first wrongfully detained in Russia, those in the women’s sports community are making sure she’s not forgotten.

Both the NWSL Players Association and USA Basketball kept Griner at the forefront this week.
USA Basketball announced that no player on the team for the 2022 FIBA World Cup will wear Griner’s No. 15.

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Instead, they will use Nos. 4-14 and No. 16, which Brionna Jones will wear.
“The best way to honor her was to not give her number out,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley told the Associated Press.
On Wednesday, the Washington Spirit wore “We are BG” shirts before their game against Angel City FC.

The NWSLPA coordinated the distribution of the shirts to all NWSL teams.
“If we can help out our sisters of the WNBA, that’s what we’re hoping to do for the rest of our season,” Spirit keeper Aubrey Kingsbury said after the game.

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