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Preview: USA vs. Belgium

From San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain: IUPUI journalism graduate assistant Frank Bonner previews the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup semifinal matchup. No. 1 USA, two-time defending champ in search of a tenth title, met No. 6 Belgium at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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Postcard from the World Cup: Feeling In My Element On A Global Stage

Having the chance to cover the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup has been the opportunity of a lifetime.

Spending 13 days in the Canary Islands is an unbelievable experience in itself, but having the responsibility of covering the USA Basketball Women’s National Team on its World Cup journey is unheard of for a 25-year-old journalist with just two years of professional experience.

I couldn’t help but sit back and take in the incredible atmosphere while I was sitting behind the basket in the Media Tribune of the Santiago Martin Arena in San Cristobal de La Laguna during the Spain-Canada quarterfinal Friday night. The arena, which holds 5,100 fans, was on fire from the playing of the national anthem to the final horn.

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Nigeria To Make History Despite Loss To USA

By Ryan Gregory | @Ryan_Gregory_

Sports Capital Journalism Program

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Nigeria lost its quarterfinal matchup with the USA, 71-40, on Friday, dashing its hopes of medaling. Most teams wouldn’t take pride in a 31-point loss on an international stage. But most teams wouldn’t — and haven’t — competed with the United States as well as Nigeria did.

Although Nigeria’s audacious hopes for a first-ever medal came to an end on Friday morning, its opportunity to make history did not. Nigeria will meet France, a quarterfinal loser to Belgium, on Saturday. The winner of that game will play in the fifth-place game on Sunday. The loser of the Nigeria-France game will play in the seventh-place game. Each possibility would become a new experience for an emerging team.

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Defense Propels USA Past Nigeria, 71-40, and Into Semifinals

The ⁦Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame⁩ resume of Sue Bird has been well documented. IUPUI journalism student Frank Bonner shows how her leadership, after a challenging first half for Team USA pushed the USA into the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup semis.

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Look Ahead: USA vs. Nigeria

Frank Bonner and Ryan Gregory of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI are reporting on the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain for USAB.com, the website of USA Basketball.

The day before the meeting between the USA and first-time quarterfinalist Nigeria, Bonner and Gregory break down the start of single-elimination play for the two-time defending World Cup champions.