2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup

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2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup
2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.png
Tournament details
Host country Spain
Dates 22–30 September
Teams 16
Venue(s) 2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  United States (10th title)
Runners-up  Australia
Third place  Spain
Fourth place  Belgium
Tournament statistics
MVP United States Breanna Stewart
Top scorer Australia Liz Cambage
(23.8 points per game)
2014
2022

The 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, the 18th edition of FIBA's premier international tournament for women's national basketball teams, was held in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain from 22 to 30 September 2018.[1] This was the first edition to use the name of FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. After the last edition in 2014, FIBA changed the name of the competition from the FIBA World Championship for Women, in order to align its name with that of the corresponding men's competition.

The United States were the two-time defending champions.[2] This tournament saw the World Cup debut of Belgium, Latvia and Puerto Rico.

The US Team won the final against Australia, to win their third straight and tenth overall title.[3]

Venues[edit]

San Cristóbal de La Laguna Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin Palacio Municipal de Deportes
Group Phase, Qualification for Quarter-Finals, Final Phase Group Phase, Qualification for Quarter-Finals
Capacity: 5,100 Capacity: 3,600

Hosts selection[edit]

The whole bidding process started in October 2014. Bids from two nations were submitted. On 31 October 2014, it was confirmed that Spain and Israel were the bidders.[4] On 16 December 2014, it was announced that Spain won the bid and would host the upcoming World Cup.[5]

2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup bidding results
Nation Votes
Spain Spain 18
Israel Israel 5

Qualification[edit]

Spain as the hosts automatically qualified for the tournament in December 2014. The United States were the next to qualify after winning Gold at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The remaining teams were decided over June, July & August 2017 through the Women’s Continental Cups. The continental qualifiers vary in the number of teams; the European qualifiers featured 16 teams, Africa featured 12 teams, Americas featured 10 teams and Asia featured 8 teams. From the 46 teams competing for the final 14 spots, the field was completed by the top five teams from 2017 EuroBasket Women, the top three teams from the 2017 FIBA Women's AmeriCup, the two finalists from the 2017 Women's Afrobasket; as well as the top four teams from the 2017 FIBA Asia Women's Cup, which saw teams from Asia and Oceania compete together for the first time ever.[6]

Team Qualification Appearance Best Performance FIBA World Ranking FIBA Zone Ranking
Method Date Last Total Streak
 Spain Host nation 16 December 2014 2014 7 7 Runners-up (2014) 2 1
 United States Summer Olympic Games 20 August 2016 2014 17 15 Champions (1953, 1957, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014) 1 1
 Belgium EuroBasket Women 22 June 2017 1 1 Debut 28 14
 France EuroBasket Women 22 June 2017 2014 10 5 3rd Place (1953) 3 2
 Greece EuroBasket Women 22 June 2017 2010 2 1 11th Place (2010) 20 9
 Latvia EuroBasket Women 24 June 2017 1 1 Debut 26 12
 Turkey EuroBasket Women 24 June 2017 2014 2 2 4th Place (2014) 7 4
 South Korea Women's Asia Cup 27 July 2017 2014 15 15 Runners-up (1967, 1979) 16 4
 Australia Women's Asia Cup 27 July 2017 2014 15 14 Champions (2006) 4 1
 China Women's Asia Cup 27 July 2017 2014 10 10 Runners-up (1994) 10 1
 Japan Women's Asia Cup 27 July 2017 2014 13 3 Runners-up (1975) 13 2
 Canada Women's AmeriCup 12 August 2017 2014 11 4 3rd Place (1979, 1986) 5 2
 Argentina Women's AmeriCup 12 August 2017 2010 9 1 6th Place (1953) 15 5
 Puerto Rico Women's AmeriCup 13 August 2017 1 1 Debut 22 6
 Nigeria Women's Afrobasket 26 August 2017 2006 2 1 16th Place (2006) 34 5
 Senegal Women's Afrobasket 26 August 2017 2010 8 1 12th Place (1979) 17 1

Format[edit]

The tournament was played in two phases.[7] In the first phase, the 16 qualified teams were sorted into four groups of four (A-D), each team in a group played each other once, 24 games were played in the first phase. The top team from each group directly advanced to the quarterfinals. The teams that placed fourth in the group stage were eliminated. The teams placed second and third from each group advanced to the quarterfinal qualifications, where the winners of the qualification round then progressed to the quarterfinals, losers were eliminated.

In the second phase, a knockout stage was used to determine the champion. In the quarterfinals the four winners progressed to the semifinals, the four losers played in classification games for 5–8th. In total, 40 games were played over a total of 8 days.

Squads[edit]

Draw[edit]

The official draw ceremony took place on 6 February 2018, at San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.[8][9]

Seedings[edit]

Included are the respective FIBA World Rankings for women:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 United States (1)
 Australia (4)
 Spain (2)
 France (3)

 Belgium (28)
 Greece (20)
 Turkey (7)
 Latvia (26)

 Canada (5)
 Argentina (15)
 Japan (13)
 China (10)

 Puerto Rico (22)
 South Korea (16)
 Nigeria (34)
 Senegal (17)

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Canada 3 3 0 234 173 +61 6 Quarterfinals
2  France 3 2 1 224 200 +24 5 Qualification round
3  Greece 3 1 2 179 204 −25 4
4  South Korea 3 0 3 169 229 −60 3
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
22 September 2018
South Korea  58–89  France
Greece  50–81  Canada
23 September 2018
Canada  82–63  South Korea
France  75–71  Greece
25 September 2018
South Korea  48–58  Greece
Canada  71–60  France

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 3 3 0 260 175 +85 6 Quarterfinals
2  Nigeria 3 2 1 217 224 −7 5 Qualification round
3  Turkey 3 1 2 195 201 −6 4
4  Argentina 3 0 3 150 222 −72 3
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
22 September 2018
Australia  86–68  Nigeria
Turkey  63–37  Argentina
23 September 2018
Argentina  43–84  Australia
Nigeria  74–68  Turkey
25 September 2018
Australia  90–64  Turkey
Argentina  70–75  Nigeria

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 2 1 233 176 +57 5[a] Quarterfinals
2  Spain (H) 3 2 1 225 196 +29 5[a] Qualification round
3  Japan 3 2 1 217 220 −3 5[a]
4  Puerto Rico 3 0 3 150 233 −83 3
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Belgium 1–1, +7 PD; Spain 1–1, +4 PD; Japan 1–1, –11 PD
22 September 2018
Japan  71–84  Spain
Puerto Rico  36–86  Belgium
23 September 2018
Belgium  75–77 (OT)  Japan
Spain  78–53  Puerto Rico
25 September 2018
Japan  69–61  Puerto Rico
Belgium  72–63  Spain

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 3 0 289 231 +58 6 Quarterfinals
2  China 3 2 1 227 227 0 5 Qualification round
3  Senegal 3 1 2 203 231 −28 4
4  Latvia 3 0 3 206 236 −30 3
Source: FIBA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head results; 3) Points difference; 4) Points scored.
22 September 2018
Latvia  61–64  China
United States  87–67  Senegal
23 September 2018
Senegal  70–69  Latvia
China  88–100  United States
25 September 2018
Senegal  66–75  China
Latvia  76–102  United States

Final round[edit]

 
Qualification roundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
28 September
 
 
 Canada53
 
26 September
 
 Spain68
 
 Spain63
 
29 September
 
 Senegal48
 
 Spain66
 
 
 Australia72
 
 
28 September
 
 
 Australia83
 
26 September
 
 China42
 
 China87
 
30 September
 
 Japan81
 
 Australia56
 
 
 United States73
 
 
28 September
 
 
 Belgium86
 
26 September
 
 France65
 
 France78
 
29 September
 
 Turkey61
 
 Belgium77
 
 
 United States93 Third place
 
 
28 September30 September
 
 
 United States71 Spain67
 
26 September
 
 Nigeria40  Belgium60
 
 Nigeria57
 
 
 Greece56
 
5–8th place
 
5–8th place semifinalsFifth place
 
      
 
29 September
 
 
 Canada71
 
30 September
 
 China76
 
 China67
 
29 September
 
 France81
 
 France84
 
 
 Nigeria62
 
Seventh place
 
 
30 September
 
 
 Canada73
 
 
 Nigeria72

Final[edit]

30 September 2018
20:00
Australia  56–73  United States
Scoring by quarter: 15–20, 12–15, 11–26, 18–12
Pts: Smith 10
Rebs: Cambage 14
Asts: O'Hea 4
Pts: Griner 15
Rebs: Stewart 8
Asts: Bird 5
Tenerife Sports Pavilion Santiago Martin, San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Attendance: 3,715
Referees: Antonio Conde (ESP), Yu Jung (TPE), Yohan Rosso (FRA)

Final rankings[edit]

# Team Pld W L PF PA PD Preliminary round FIBA World Ranking
Grp Rank W–L GA Old New +/−
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States 6 6 0 526 404 +122 D N/A 1
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Australia 6 5 1 471 356 +115 B 4
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Spain 7 5 2 489 429 +60 C 2
4th  Belgium 6 3 3 456 401 +55 C 28
Eliminated at the quarterfinals
5th  France 7 5 2 532 476 +56 A N/A 3
6th  China 7 4 3 499 543 –44 D 10
7th  Canada 6 4 2 431 389 +42 A 5
8th  Nigeria 7 3 4 448 508 –60 B 34
Eliminated at the qualification round
9th  Japan 4 2 2 298 307 –9 C 3rd 2–1 0.723 13
10th  Turkey 4 1 3 256 279 –23 B 1–2 0.650 7
11th  Greece 4 1 3 235 261 –26 A 1–2 0.597 20
12th  Senegal 4 1 3 251 294 –43 D 1–2 0.677 17
Eliminated at the preliminary round
13th  Latvia 3 0 3 206 236 −30 D 4th 0–3 0.687 26
14th  South Korea 3 0 3 169 229 −60 A 0–3 0.563 16
15th  Argentina 3 0 3 150 222 −72 B 0–3 0.500 15
16th  Puerto Rico 3 0 3 150 233 −83 C 0–3 0.500 22
Qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics

Awards and statistics[edit]

Awards[edit]

The All-Star Five was revealed on 30 September 2018.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Player tournament averages[edit]

Team tournament averages[edit]

Tournament game highs[edit]

Statistic Player[13] Total Opponent Team[14] Total Opponent
Points Australia Liz Cambage 34  Nigeria (22 Sep)  United States 102  Latvia (25 Sep)
Rebounds Belgium Emma Meesseman 18  Japan (23 Sep)  United States 62  Nigeria (28 Sep)
Assists Belgium Julie Allemand 13  France (28 Sep)  France 30  Nigeria (29 Sep)
Steals Puerto Rico Pamela Rosado
Nigeria Ezinne Kalu
5  Spain (23 Sep)
 United States (28 Sep)
 Nigeria 13  Greece (26 Sep)
 France (29 Sep)
Blocks Australia Liz Cambage 5  United States (30 Sep)  Australia 8  Nigeria (22 Sep)
 United States (30 Sep)

Marketing[edit]

The logo and branding identity was unveiled on 5 February 2018 at the La Laguna Gran Hotel in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the logo is inspired by the treasures of the island of Tenerife, its coastlines and its heart of Spain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Calendar".
  2. ^ "USA take down Spain in Turkey 2014 Final to retain world title". fiba.com. 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ "USA three-peat as World Champions, punch ticket to Tokyo 2020 Olympics". fiba.basketball. 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Spain submits candidature to host 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup" (Press release). FIBA. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2016. Formerly known as the FIBA World Championship for Women, 2018 marked the first time that FIBA's flagship event for women's basketball is played under its new name.
  5. ^ "Spain to host first-ever FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in 2018" (Press release). FIBA. 16 December 2014.
  6. ^ "FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018". fiba.com.
  7. ^ "Competition System - FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 - FIBA.basketball". fiba.com.
  8. ^ "Official Draw Ceremony". FIBA.
  9. ^ "FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 draw completed". FIBA.
  10. ^ "Stewart named TISSOT MVP, headlines All-Star Five line-up in Tenerife". fiba.basketball. 30 September 2018.
  11. ^ Individual statistics
  12. ^ Team statistics
  13. ^ Player game highs
  14. ^ Team game highs

External links[edit]