FIBA Women’s Asia Cup has now reached the knockout round and today, the reaming two Semi-Finalists will be confirmed. In a high-octane clash, New Zealand and Australia are going to face each other in the Qualifications Semi-Finals to set up a match against Japan in the Semis. Meanwhile, Korea is going to fight it out versus Chinese Taipei to set up a game versus China in the Semis.
In the game between New Zealand and Australia, both teams are evenly matched in various aspects but Australia’s Samantha Whitcomb can prove to be the difference. The New York Liberty player Whitcomb leads the Opals in points, assists, and rebounds, and that can prove to be the telling difference. New Zealand’s offense hasn’t clicked so far but Penina Davidson has impressed with the average of 15.0 PPG and 9.3 RPG.
In the match between Korea and Chinese Taipei, it will be a miracle if the Taipei team gets through. Korea almost got hold of Japan in the group stage and play a tough brand of defense, which can cause major disruptions for a team like Chinese Taipei that struggles to generate on that end. Korea’s Semi-Finals clash with China is almost certain unless Chinese Taipei pulls out a historical upset. The schedule for the day is given below:
- 10:00 AM GMT: Korea vs Chinese Taipei, Qualification Semi-Finals
- 03:00 PM GMT: Australia vs New Zealand, Qualification Semi-Finals
- 04:00 PM GMT: India vs Philippines, 7-8 Classification