Canada finishes seventh at FIBA World Cup

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The Nigeria national women's basketball team, D'Tigress, have finished in the eighth position at the 2018 FIBA Women's World Cup. Australia came back into contention late in the first quarter, cutting the USA lead to five points.

China teared up France's sluggish defense to build a 12-5 lead six minutes into the match, and Shao Ting's two baskets spearheaded another 11-0 run to set the score 25-11 later on, but the world No. 3 team France bounce back with eight of following ten points to trail 19-27 as the first quarter ran out. The U.S. will need to find a way to slow down Liz Cambage, who is leading the tournament in scoring with 27.2 points a game.

Canada led 21-17 after the first quarter but scored just nine points in the second to head into halftime down 35-30. The host nation will have a boisterous crowd behind them when it faces Australia in the second semifinal.

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Qualifiers for the 2022 FIBA Women's World Cup will adopt the similar path, as African, American and Asian teams will go through pre-qualifying tournaments for 10 spots in total in the qualifying tournaments.

The Americans remained unbeaten against Australia in Olympic and World Cup games, improving to 18-0.

RECORD BREAKER - Bird passed Staley's career US mark for most assists at the World Cup. The U.S. coach had joked after the semifinal win that she would sit Bird for the gold medal game to keep the record. Bird arguably had it easier than Staley because FIBA changed the way it counted assists in 2014, giving one to a player if her pass led to free throws.

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"Nigeria outplayed the United States of America - the reigning world champions - in the first half of Friday's Quarter-Final and got wins over Turkey, Argentina and Greece".

The U.S. didn't have its entire team together until a few days before the tournament started as Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were winning the WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm.

Canada edged Nigeria 73-72 to finish seventh while France topped China 81-67 to come in fifth.

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Spain could get solace from their semifinal loss as they cruised past debutantes Belgium 67-60 in third place playoff.