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FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2019: India finish last in Asia-Oceania Group B, fail to advance

India's roster at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2019
India's roster at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2019 (FIBA)

In three of the past five days, the Indian women's squad competed in Group B of the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Asia Tournament 2019 at the Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA) Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Facing off against other teams of Group B in Australia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei, the Indians went winless and finished last in the group.

Here's a quick look at their results:

Team 1 Score Team 2
Japan 120-29 India
Australia 114-29 India
Chinese Taipei 79-56 India

In the squad's best game of the tournament, against Chinses Taipei, Jeena Skaria finished with a team-high 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Shireen Limaye finished with an all-round statline of 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

MORE: India to host FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March 2020

Earlier, this past September, the Indian women's squad finished eighth and last in Division A of the FIBA Asia Cup in Bengaluru.

From the eight Asia-Oceania teams participating in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament 2019, the top two teams from each group were set to qualify.

In Group A, China and Korea booked their tickets to the qualifying tournament next year while in Group B, it was Australia and the reigning Asia Cup champions - Japan.

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