3×3 Indonesian women struggled to face America in Olympic qualifying

Jakarta (medialnews) – The Indonesian national 3×3 women’s basketball team was forced to compete against the United States, losing 7-21 in the first game of Pool A Qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Graz, Austria, Thursday.

Dewa Ayu Made Sriatha et al. Indeed ran into a high wall against America, as the home country of basketball was reinforced by many veterans of the women’s league, the WNBA.

Stephanie Dolson, for example, is a basketball player who twice competed in the WNBA All-Star who is now wandering the Chinese women’s league, WCBA.

Aside from Dolson, America is also being bolstered by Dallas Wings guard, Alisha Gray, Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum, and Seattle Storm striker Katie Lou Samuelson.

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Indonesia vs America in Pool A Putri is also the opening match for the first session of the second day of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Graz, which starts around 4pm WIB.

The difference in strength was unmistakably visible and the Americans managed to take a 4-0 lead in the first 30 seconds.

Indonesia could only answer through Ayu Sriartha’s lay-up, who had a chance to narrow the gap from 1-7, before gaining momentum from Nathania Orville’s two-point play that brought the score to 4-9.

Unfortunately, the Americans then began to rely on shots from off the bow, scoring three in a row to make the advantage 19-5 wide.

Lea Kahol and Ayu had time to extend Indonesia’s breath to one point, unfortunately Ayu then committed a foul that resulted in free throws for America.

Alisha Gray scored a free throw to win the Americans 21-7 with four minutes and seven seconds to go.

Indonesia has one other match on the second day of qualifying for these Olympics, which is against another strong team, Germany, in the second match of the second session on Thursday at around 6:30 pm WIB.

With Perbasi’s official release on Thursday morning, 3×3 women’s national coach July Wong had said his players wouldn’t be scared, even if they were up against major powers like America and Germany.

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Reporter: Gilang Galiartha
Editor: Bayu Kuncahyo

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