The French defeated the United States in the first match of the GLOBL JAM competition
TORONTO — As the inaugural GLOBL JAM event kicked off at the Mattamy Athletic Center, France’s U-23s toppled the United States, earning the first victory of the competition 62-44.
France’s athleticism showed from the start as they quickly found the rim in the first quarter, using their size and speed to take a 14-6 lead.
Captain Marine Fauthoux scored five points and two rebounds in just five minutes of action in the quarter, with Oumou Diarisso adding six late points and two rebounds to close out the first ten minutes of action.
“It’s new for me because for four years I played with older players, now I play with younger players so it’s good because they gave me experience, and now I can give what I learned during the Olympic Games and the European Championships.” said Fauthoux.
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Using that momentum to start the second quarter, France found themselves on an 8-0 run, but as the United States finally found their footing, they managed to come back to score 16 points in the quarter – largely thanks to the efforts of Mary-Anna Asare, who dropped eight points in the frame.
A late run from France allowed by turnovers in the United States extended their lead to 12 to end the quarter. Kadiatou Sissoko scored six points in six minutes for France, shooting 100% from the ground, to help them spread the United States’ first comeback attempt.
But the Americans refused to give up without a fight. After making halftime adjustments, the United States went on a 4-0 run to start the second half and cut the lead to eight points, thanks to play from Taya Robinson – a performance of six assists in the first three quarters of the match.
While the quarter saw a lot more back-and-forth from both teams, with more physical play from USA inside the paint to find the rim, France managed to maintain their 12-point lead before the last quarter when Fauthoux accumulated 12 points.
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As the final quarter approached, pressure from the United States continued to mount. Asare racked up another nine points in the half, leading her offense on missed shots from France and using turnovers to score in transition as Chloe Bloom capitalized and collected five points in the quarter.
Janelle Salaun’s seven points for France in the final quarter cut France’s lead to 18 points with just under a minute to play, which would seal the game and give France their first victory .
Asare finished the game with 17 points leading all scorers despite losing to the United States, and Fauthoux led France with 14 points while Salaun added a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
“We don’t have the experience that other teams have but we showed we can run, we have the intensity, today against USA we showed we can play physically so I think it’s a great achievement to show that we can play,” said Fauthoux.