Bengaluru, July 26: Today emerging as the topper in Division B of FIBA Asia Women’s Cup, India smothered Sri Lanka 88-42, at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. As the best team in Group ‘A’, India entered the knockout rounds as the top-seed.
Further India will face Fiji in the quarter-final on Thursday. Sri Lanka entered this match on the back of a 78-39 loss to Uzbekistan on Monday, and got off to an ominous start, conceding six points without reply. Forward Grima Varghese dominated the early exchanges with eight points in the first quarter. India was up 23-10.
The second quarter virtually killed off the contest as the Indian eves only allowed three points to the Lionesses, whilst ratcheting up the score line to 40-13. Barkha Sonkar was instrumental in converting defence to attack with her mazy driving runs towards the Sri Lankan basket. The passing didn’t let her down either, with six assists to her name. Sri Lanka’s abrasive play racked up the foul count, and Grima lapped up nine free throws from an attempted ten to finish with a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds).
Meanwhile, 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.