Indian women’s basketball team has been struggling at the FIBA Asian Women’s Championship. So far they have three defeats from their opening three matches. The first by 31 points, the second by 100 points and today it was by 63 points against China.
At this point, there is nothing that is going India’s way at the Championships. The third loss makes it impossible for India to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament, only the top two teams from each group are set to qualify. India belongs to the group A, where defending champions Japan and reigning bronze medallists China with their perfect win streak are favourites to qualify from the group.
India has nothing to lose
With its hopes almost shattered for a qualification for the semis of the FIBA Asian Women’s Championship, India has nothing to lose in the remaining two games of the competition.
The opening game defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei marked out in the open the various vulnerabilities in the Indian game. Although India did try to come up with a plan for their next encounter against the defending champions Japan, that too proved ineffective, with a heavy 100 point defeat.
With their third consecutive defeat at the FIBA Asian Women’s Championship, Indian players have their backs against the wall for their next fixture against Thailand.
India and Thailand look for first win at the FIBA Asian Women’s Championship
The only other team in group A without a win is Thailand. And going by the statistics, India has scored more points than Thailand and conceded lesser than them too.
That is some positive news that India can take to the game. Another area of the game where India can improve largely is in converting the turnovers into points. The Indian team created more turnovers in the games so far, but their failure to convert is a major reason for their poor show.
Taken these into account and the hopeful good performance of 3-point specialist P Subhashmon, India should be able to come away with a victory tomorrow.