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 ...

Fujioka shines as Japan stuns China to make final

Basketball Jul 29, 2017

Fujioka shines as Japan stuns China to make final

Japan's women's national team has continued its meteoric rise at the FIBA Women's Asia Cup, beating 11-time champion China on Friday to set up a meeting with Australia in Saturday's final. All looked lost for Japan when China opened the first four minutes 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 ...