Japan's Asian hoop champs return home

Basketball Sep 7, 2015

Japan's Asian hoop champs return home

by Kaz Nagatsuka

One day after they became the first Japanese team to clinch a berth at next summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the players and staff of Japan's women's basketball team made a triumphant return home with the gold medals around their necks on Sunday evening. "We ...

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 ...

Japan routs Taiwan, improves to 3-0 in tournament

Basketball Aug 31, 2015

Japan routs Taiwan, improves to 3-0 in tournament

The Japan women's national team caused fits for Taiwan in their Group A match at the FIBA Asia Women's Championship on Monday. Japan pressured Taiwan throughout the game, forcing 25 turnovers that played a big part in the defending Asian champion's 60-44 victory in Wuhan, ...

Basketball Aug 31, 2015

Japan women beat India by 100 points

The Japan national team overwhelmed India at the FIBA Asia Women's Championship on Sunday in Wuhan, China, winning 131-31 in a Group A game. Six players scored in double figures for Japan, including Mio Shinozaki, who had 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting, and Mika Kurihara, ...

Basketball Aug 29, 2015

Japan women prevail against South Korea in FIBA Asia opener

The Japan women's national team began defense of its FIBA Asia Women's Championship title from 2013 with a 59-53 Group A victory over South Korea on Saturday in Wuhan, China. Ramu Tokashiki and Sanae Motokawa had 12 points apiece for Japan, which led 31-30 at ...

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 ...