The France team failed to capitalize. The day after his surprise victory at the start of the World Cup against Australia (70-57), Les Bleues suffered a big defeat against Canada (59-45), Friday, September 23, for the second day of the group stage. Their clumsiness in shooting did not allow them to hope for a moment to compete with their opponents of the day.
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Against the Canadians, who had already beaten Serbia (67-60), the Tricolores were never able to string together a second precious victory in view of the quarter-finals. Never in front of the score, they saw the teammates of Nirra Fields (17 points) take off because of a 17-0 straddling the end of the second and the beginning of the third quarter time (from 20-17 to 37- 17). Six minutes during which Jean-Aimé Toupane’s players did not score a single point.
An address at half mast
The attack was precisely the big black point of the service offered by the France team. She was at a loss for inspiration and skill (19/62 in shooting including 3/19 at three-pointers), like Marine Fauthoux (7 points at 2/12) or Gabby Williams (13 points at 6/15), yet sparkling against Australia (23 points).
After a day of rest on Saturday, the France team will have to resume against Mali, Sunday, September 25 (6:30 a.m.), to get closer to the first four places in the group, qualifying for the quarter-finals.