Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

Basketball Mar 15, 2016

Sunflowers secure eighth straight WJBL title

by Kaz Nagatsuka

For another year, the JX-Eneos Sunflowers finished the season on top. The Sunflowers wrapped up the best-of-five WJBL Finals with a 75-66 win in Game 4 at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 and captured the league title for the eighth consecutive year. The "eight-peat" is ...

Japan women defend FIBA Asia title, punch ticket to Rio

Basketball Sep 5, 2015

Japan women defend FIBA Asia title, punch ticket to Rio

by Ed Odeven

After holding off China by one point on Tuesday, the Japan women's national team provided a different type of drama on the basketball court during their high-stakes Saturday showdown: an old-fashioned blowout victory. Japan routed China 85-50 in the FIBA Asia Women's Championship final in ...

Japan women hold off Taiwan, book spot in FIBA Asia final

Basketball Sep 4, 2015

Japan women hold off Taiwan, book spot in FIBA Asia final

The Japan women's national basketball team dominated key stretches of the first and fourth quarters en route to a 65-58 triumph over Taiwan in the FIBA Asia Women's Championship semifinals on Friday in Wuhan, China. Ramu Tokashiki and Sanae Motokawa each had 15 points to ...

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

Basketball Aug 21, 2015

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Star players Ramu Tokashiki and Asami Yoshida are the headliners for Hayabusa Japan for the upcoming FIBA Asia Women's Championship. The Japan Basketball Association announced the 12-woman roster on Friday, and Japan enters the tournament in Wuhan, China, as the reigning champion. Japan captured the continental ...

Kurihara sparks Japan women in rout of Taiwan

Basketball Aug 13, 2015

Kurihara sparks Japan women in rout of Taiwan

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 ...