• Staff Report


Shooting guard Mika Kurihara hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Japan women’s national team to a 92-52 win over the Taiwan national squad in an exhibition at Chiba Port Arena on Thursday.

For Japan’s top-flight team, it was its first game since FIBA officially lifted its suspension of the Japan Basketball Association on Sunday.

Four other players reached double digits in points for coach Tomohide Utsumi’s team, and Japan captain Asami Yoshida had three points, seven assists and a pair of steals.

Japan completely dominated the game and built a 52-21 lead by halftime.

For Taiwan, Wu Ying-chieh had a team-high 10 points.

The teams will play two more exhibition games at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, the Japan men’s national team will play three exhibitions against the Czech Republic for three straight days, starting on Friday.

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