After a disappointing few days for Indian basketball, the women finally had reason to smile after they beat Mongolia to set up a fifth-place play-off against Kazakhstan in the 17th Asian Games here on Monday. (Day 10 Blog | Medal Tally)
Playing for pride at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium, the women's team outplayed its Mongolian counterpart 68-50 after taking a lead from the first quarter itself.
The Smruthi Radhakrishan-led side covered all bases from the start and kept increasing the lead as they progressed. (Sharath Kamal Knocked Out of Table Tennis Mixed Doubles | Ankita Das Through to Singles Round 2)
Indian coach Francisco Javier Garcia Alvarez was seen celebrating the win with assistant Divya Singh but a tougher test lies ahead.
In an earlier match at the Samsan World Gymnasium, Kazakhstan got past Thailand 62-49 after trailing in the first quarter.
Thailand and Mongolia will clash in the 7th-place play-off.
The Indian men's team had crashed out of the Asian Games after losing to Iran in a preliminary round match on Wednesday.