Japan beat Mali 89-56 at Basketball World Cup

Aika Hirashita scored a team-high 17 points off the bench on Thursday as 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 had 13 for Olympic silver medalist Tokyo, who took control of the Group B clash at the Superdome in Sydney after a tight opening quarter.

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