U.S. draws Belgium, Russia in FIBA Women's World Cup qualifiers

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The United States senior women's basketball team has drawn Belgium, Russia, and Puerto Rico for their FIBA Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament in February, it was announced Tuesday.

The games will effectively serve as exhibitions for the U.S., as the team has already qualified for next fall's World Cup because they are the reigning Olympic champions. Host nation Australia has qualified as well. The 14 other participating teams will vie for the 10 remaining spots.

The qualifying tournaments will run Feb. 10-13 at three host sites. Washington and Osaka will each host one group, while Belgrade will host two groups simultaneously.

* - Indicates a team has already qualified for the World Cup.

Group A (Belgrade A)

Country FIBA Rank
Australia* 3
Serbia 9
Brazil 14
Korea 19

Group B (Belgrade B)

Country FIBA Rank
France 5
China 7
Nigeria 16
Mali 41

Group C (Osaka)

Country FIBA Rank
Canada 4
Japan 8
Belarus 11
Bosnia and Herzegovina 27

Group D (Washington)

Country FIBA Rank
United States* 1
Belgium 6
Russia 12
Puerto Rico 17

The 2022 FIBA Women's World Cup will take place in Sydney in September and October.

U.S. draws Belgium, Russia in FIBA Women's World Cup qualifiers
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