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United States vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina preview: Team USA finishes group play on Tuesday

Team USA is finishing group play and moving onto the quarterfinals.

Belgium v Bosnia & Herzegovina - FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

The USA Basketball women’s national team finishes group play with a match against Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow afternoon in Sydney for the FIBA Women’s World Cup. Here’s the preview.

Gametime: Tuesday Sept. 27 at 12 a.m. ET (local time, it would be at 2 p.m.)

Where: Sydney, Australia

How to watch: ESPN Plus

What’s in store: The Americans are playing a back-to-back again. But to be fair, it’s this way for EVERY team. This time, they will play against Bosnia and Herzegovina, who got here one year after reaching a country-best fifth place finish in Women’s EuroBasket 2021.

The Bosnians are led by Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones, who missed some of their earlier games due to the WNBA Finals. To this point, they have lost every single game. And they were also blown out by Belgium, 85-55 in their last game with Jones playing 24 minutes! To add to the Bosnians’ woes in that game, Chicago Sky and Belgian forward Emma Meesseman didn’t play well (only 4 points herself) — and she’s ruled out for the rest of the World Cup because of a calf injury (link in Dutch).

Hopefully, Ariel Atkins can match the play that Shakira Austin has in group play. Go Team USA!

About Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Capital: Sarajevo
  • Population: 3.475 million
  • National Anthem: Državna himna Bosne i Hercegovine/Државна химна Босне и Херцеговине (The National Anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Official Languages: Bosnian (a little over 50 percent speak it as a first language), Serbian (about 30 percent) and Croatian (about 15 percent)
  • Where would I vacation in Korea? For me, Jeju Island is a tourist destination south of the Chosun Peninsula.
  • What do Bosnians call their country? Bosna i Hercegovina/Државна химна Босне и Херцеговине
  • What is a popular song by Bosnian artists? Given the small size of Bosnia and Herzegovina, I was not able to find a Spotify chart. But Popnable says that “Karneval” by Sajfer is one of the more popular songs in the country.

Sept. 26 final scores besides the USA

  • Belgium 85, Bosnia and Herzegovina 55
  • Serbia 81, Mali 68
  • France 67, Japan 53
  • China 95, Puerto Rico 60
  • Australia 75, Canada 72