FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball: India knocked out after New Zealand loss

India lost 109-49 to New Zealand to finish bottom of Group A and are out of reckoning for the semi-finals.

By Rahul Venkat
Picture by FIBA

The Indian women’s basketball team were knocked out of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2021 after a 109-49 loss to New Zealand in their Group A match at Amman, Jordan on Wednesday.

India, who had earlier lost to Japan and South Korea, finished bottom of Group A with three points.

Group winners Japan sealed their semi-finals spot while second-placed South Korea and third-placed New Zealand will compete in the playoffs for a semi-final spot.

India, ranked world No. 70, were no match for New Zealand, who are ranked 36th in the world.

New Zealand took an early 5-0 lead before India responded through Shruthi Arvind, who scored a two-point layup. Shruthi Arvind eventually led the scoring charts for India with 12 points at the end of the match.

Sathiya Senthil Kumar was the only other Indian hoopster to reach a double-digit points score with 10.

New Zealand dominated the ball and ended the first quarter with a 28-14 lead and extended that to 50-27 by half-time.

India captain Shireen Limaye, generally influential with her play, was ineffective on the day.

The Indian basketball team had their lowest-scoring quarter in the third, scoring just seven points as New Zealand further increased their lead to 73-34.

Frequent turnovers in the final quarter led to both teams scoring their most points as New Zealand wrapped up the match to take their first win of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2021 and keep their semis hopes alive.