Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

Basketball Mar 25, 2019

Sunflowers captain Asami Yoshida bids farewell to the game

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Asami Yoshida, one of the greatest players in Japanese women's basketball history, announced her retirement on Monday, saying that she can no longer motivate herself even with the Tokyo Olympics drawing near. The JX-Eneos Sunflowers, Yoshida’s home throughout her Women’s Japan Basketball League career, had ...

Fujioka blossoming into star, leader

Basketball Aug 18, 2017

Fujioka blossoming into star, leader

by Kaz Nagatsuka

There is probably nobody else that shines as brightly as Manami Fujioka does in Japanese women's basketball right now, and many believe that she has the potential to eventually transform into a superstar player. The 23-year-old largely contributed to Japan winning its third straight Asian ...

Basketball Jul 25, 2017

Yoshida steers Japan women past South Korea

Asami Yoshida steered Japan to its second win in two days at the FIBA Women's Asia Cup in Bangalore, India on Monday, beating South Korea to ensure a top-two finish in Group B. After Japan coach Tom Hovasse sat her for almost all of the ...

Basketball Jul 23, 2017

Japan wins big in Women's Asia Cup opener

Japan blew out the Philippines by 51 points for a 106-55 win in its opening match of the Women's Asia Cup on Sunday. Keyed by 21 points from 22-year-old small forward Evelyn Mawuli, Japan broke the Filipinos' spirit early and was never challenged before closing ...

Fujioka building big reputation

Basketball Apr 26, 2017

Fujioka building big reputation

by Kaz Nagatsuka

She is big, strong, tough, smart, and can do everything. Youngster Manami Fujioka could be the next floor leader and star guard for the Japan women's national basketball team. It's only been one year since she graduated from the University of Tsukuba, but Fujioka has already ...

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

Basketball Mar 13, 2017

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Jx-Eneos Sunflowers are perhaps the most dominant sports team in Japan today. They tamed the Toyota Antelopes 75-51 in Game 3 of the Women's Japan Basketball League Finals at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. They completed the ...