Bengaluru, July 24: India on Sunday registered a commanding victory over Uzbekistan in the FIBA Asia Women's Cup basketball tournament. India defeated Uzbekistan by 92-76 in Division B group and started their campaign with a win in FIBA Asia Women's Cup basketball tournament.
However, it was Captain Anitha Paul Durai whose sensational performance in the match led India to win the game easily. Anitha put up 28 points and converted an incredible six out of seven attempts from beyond the three-point line. When the captain took a breather on the bench, P.S. Jeena and Grima Merlin took charge and scored 12, 17 points respectively.
On the other side, point guard Kavita Akula, the first Indian-born female basketball player to receive a full scholarship from a U.S. Division 1 college, spread the ball well. The home side’s every move was cheered on by an enthusiastic Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium crowd. Uzbekistan, while the physically stronger of the two units, lacked fluency in attack. India will face Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
In Division A matches, defending champion Japan whipped Philippines 106-55, favourite Australia outclassed South Korea 78-54, Chinese Taipei edged out North Korea 77-76, China overcame New Zealand 77-48 while Kazakhstan defeated Lebanon 62-54.
Division A: Australia 78 (Kelsey Griffin 18, Alanna Smith 13, Belinda Snell 11) bt South Korea 54 (Sim Sungyong 11, Park Jisu 10); Japan 106 (Evelyn Mawuli 21, Miyuki Kawamura 14, Sakura Akaho 12, Yuka Osaki 11, Moeko Nagaoka 11) bt Philippines 55 (Gemma Miranda 10); Chinese Taipei 77 (Bao Hsi-Le 17, Lan Hao-Yu 14, Huang Ping-Jen 11, Cheng Hsiu 11) bt North Korea 76 (Ro Suk Yong 36, Kim Hyang 23); China 77 (Li Meng 15, Shen Yi 14, Zhao Shuang 14) bt New Zealand 48 (Jillian Harmon 14).
Division B: Singapore 103 (Sarah Tan 21, Jacqueline Chu 17, Cheryl Poon 17, Ariel Loiter 11, Amanda Lim 10) bt Fiji 38 (Bitilia Tawake 8); Kazakhstan 62 (Zalina Kurazova 14, Tamara Yagodkina 22, Nadezhda Kondrakova 11) bt Lebanon 54 (Lama Moukaddem 10, Rebecca Akl 18); India 92 (Anitha Paul Durai 28, P.S. Jeena 12, Grima Merlin 17) bt Uzbekistan 76 (Elvira Salavatova 15, Natalya Koneva 13, Elina Kushnitdinova 14).