The U.S. Women’s National Basketball team came through Bridgeport last Saturday night, allowing our region the opportunity to see some of the best athletes in the world as they prepared for next week’s FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Tenerife, Spain. However, those lucky enough to catch the squads from Canada and Japan the night before were treated to everything that is good about sports.
The outcome was never really in doubt; the Canadian team is led by several WNBA stars including UConn’s own Kia Nurse, the engine of four Final Four teams. The Japanese team looks like high schoolers by comparison, with no one taller than six feet. I thought they were letting ballgirls shoot with the team during warmups until they lined up for the playing of the national anthems. (Everybody stood.)