“In a game like today, I should have attacked more.”
“After 40 minutes of bad times, I felt we didn’t have the strength to win.”
Stephanie Mauka of the Japan Women’s Basketball Team looked back after the second round of the 2022 Women’s World Cup group stage, which was defeated by Serbia 64-69.
Japan led just 13 seconds out of 40 minutes in this game. There was a wave though it was almost a pursuit development. Especially in the 1st quarter, they struggled against a tall and cohesive Serbian defense, allowing 9-24 and the big quarter. Japan struggled to turn the ball over and couldn’t take shots on their own time Scored 6 free throws, game high (tie).
Contributes to the team not only in offense but also in rebounding and defense. The score was only 5 points, but Stephanie picked up +9, a team high, while most players were negative in the plus or minus that represents the goal difference at the time of participation.
Stephanie, who caused a lot of fouls due to aggressive attacks and fighting under the goal, revealed her frustration, saying, “Since I decided to go, I wanted to finish strong until the end.” “Even in defence, we couldn’t make the rotation in time, and the opponent scored a shot at the end.
Also, from a third party perspective, Stephanie appeared to be attacking aggressively, but she continued, “In a game like today, I should have attacked more.” “I was a bit lost, and I felt I made a turnover when the flow was bad.
At the end of the first half, Japan had closed the gap to 4 points, as Stephanie said, “It started to reverberate.” It’s gone.
“I can’t go to the next unless I out-scoot my opponent”
In this game, Japan suffered from shooting touches as a team. Yesterday against Mali he made 16-of-37 3-pointers, but today against Serbia he made 5-of-22. Against a strong team, if the long-range gun, Japan’s lifeline, cannot be decided, it will be a difficult development. Of course, there are times when the sprout does not go in because it is said to be water. In addition, not only did Japan win the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, it was in a position to be chased by the world, but the leader of today’s opponent, Serbia, was Denso’s coach for two seasons until last season. Markovich, she knows Japanese baskets and individual characteristics very well.
Stephanie said, “I felt like I was doing a lot of research on individuals,” but she also expressed a sense of crisis, saying, “That’s why I can’t move forward unless I surpass it.”
Regarding the 3-point shot, which was his salvation, he said, “On the contrary, today’s game made me realize that the 3-point shot was too much of an option, and we couldn’t think of the moves. of other players.””Yesterday, the Mali defense came in, so I was able to shoot, but we had to deal with Serbia, who adapted that well.”
Only the best 4 teams out of 6 can progress to the group stage. Japan now has 1 win and 1 loss in the 5 game round robin group league. Of course, no game is right to lose, but as Stephanie says, this game against Serbia was a wake-up call.
Japan will face Canada on the 25th with a day in between, then France on the 26th and Australia on the 27th. I want you to do that.