Wheelchair Basketball World Championships: GB women reach first semi-final

Helen Freeman
Freeman was part of the Britain team that reached the Paralympic bronze medal match at Rio 2016

Great Britain women's wheelchair basketball team reached the World Championship semi-finals for the first time with a 70-47 victory over USA.

Helen Freeman scored 23 points and Amy Conroy 13 against the Paralympic champions in Hamburg.

GB will face Germany, who beat Spain in the quarter-finals, in the last four on Friday.

Britain's men will face Iran in the semi-finals on Friday.

GB women won four of their five pool games in Hamburg and looked full of confidence against the Rio Paralympic champions.

They have shown huge improvement in recent years, finishing fifth at the 2014 Worlds before reaching the Paralympic semi-finals in Rio in 2016.

"It feels absolutely amazing," said GB co-captain Sophie Carrigill.

"I'm so proud of each and every one of us for making it this far.

"We played an amazing game and shot so well but we knew once we had the lead we had more to give.

"We don't mind who we play in the next game - we will take them on and try to dominate and carry on.

"We are really confident going into the semi-finals."

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