Indian Women Basketball team took on Jamaica in their first matchup in Commonwealth Games 2018. They lost the game 66-57 in a disappointing start. Here are 5 talking points which stood up in the game.
They got out rebounded by 20, specially allowing 19 offensive rebounds. Rebounding is a team effort. Giving extra possessions always hurts, that too by this much margin.
The team must be more careful about it from next match.
India faced foul issues giving up 24 free throws. They acquired 17 easy points which possibly became the difference. India went to line just 8 times.
● Lot of 3s:
India settled for twenty three 3s making only 7 of them. Low percentage shooting and no change of plans results in shortcomings on every opportunity.
The team needs to improve this if they want to progress.
●Lack of Productivity:
Raspreet Sidhu and Barkha Sonkar had 7 and 0 points playing 32 and 28 minutes respectively. The productivity of individuals should increase in a short format like this playing so many minutes.
Shireen Limaye showed great promise and she was efficient from field too. India will look forward to her for a comeback. Jeena Skaria showed up too but wasn’t enough.
India’s next match is against Malaysia. It’s a must win game now to keep their hopes alive. They need to be more disciplined and try to avoid those small mistakes.