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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FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, Aika Hirashita