The Indian women’s basketball team began their journey with a loss at the FIBA Asian Championship for women against Chinese Taipei.
The Taipei team dominated the game from the start, while the Indian women failed to snatch the lead at any point of time throughout the game. Being outplayed in every aspect of the game, it was a rather disappointing start for the team, losing 92-61.
Indians put up a good fight in the second quarter
After a disappointing first quarter by the Indian side, going down 11 points, the team managed to pull together for the second quarter and gave the Taipei opponents a tough fight, with a neck to neck contest in the quarter. However, the effort did not yield much reward as the Indian team were still trailing by a heavy margin of 12 points at 37-25.
The game remained one-sided for the remaining two quarters, as Chinese Taipei’s Y Wei starred with 20 points in the game.
The Chinese Taipei not only went past the Indian defense, but comfortably managed to get away from the Indian defending too. India managed to put up only five blocks as compared to Chinese Taipei’s 20. While the Indian team may have managed more turnovers in the game, it was Chinese Taipei who made the most of their turnovers, winning 28 points compared to India’s 13.
The match revealed numerous vulnerabilities of the Indian side, and India’s upcoming oppositions would not hesitate in exploiting them. It is not possible to overcome all its negatives overnight, but India needs to find answers for some (most) of its problems, as they are set to play 15th placed Japan in their next fixture tomorrow.
Subhashmon could be key for India’s success at FIBA Asian Women’s Championship
Of all the negatives and vulnerabilities India will take to their next fixture against Japan at the FIBA Asian Women’s Championship 2015, they will also take one major positive – the performance of 19 year old P Subhashmon, who shot four three pointers to lead India’s scorers in the game.
Indian coach and fans would hope that she can continue her stellar form throughout the tournament, as it could be crucial for India’s performance in the championship.