Though Mali put up a good fight in the just ended 2018 FIBA Women’s Under 17 World Cup, it came a tad late in the competition to force its way to the top.
One of two African representatives at the competition which ended over the past weekend, Mali won two games to finish in 10th place in the 16 team standings.
Mali’s two game winning run including a 66-64 win over New Zealand was halted by Canada who delivered a 58-50 win over the West African nation to place ninth.
Angola ended the competition in the bottom spot after missing out on wins in the week long competition in Minsk, Belarus.
United States of America topped the list after beating France 92-40 to clinch its fourth world title; Australia beat Hungary 57-51 to win bronze.
The US also dominated the All-Tournament team with three players including Most Valuable Player Award winner Jordan Horston.
Australia Guard Shyla Heal and France Forward Iliana Rupert also made the team. Below is the final classification:
12. New Zealand
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter