Japan wins 89-56 over Mali at the Basketball World Cup

Aika Hirashita hit a record 17 points off the bench on Thursday when Japan kicked off their FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup campaign with a comfortable 89-56 win over Mali.

Nanako Todo added 14 points and Stephanie Mawuli put in 13 for the Tokyo Olympic silver medalist, who took control of the Group B clash at the Sydney Superdome after a tight opening quarter.

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