Jordan is hosting the 2021 FIBA Women's Asia Cup despite not playing ©

Japan will look to win its fifth consecutive continental title at the 2021 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women's Asia Cup, starting tomorrow, as the nation bids to bounce back from its Tokyo 2020 disappointment.

The Olympic silver medallists are favourites to top Group A despite a reshuffle seeing a new head coach and seven changes to the starting line-up.

One mainstay of the team is shooting guard Himawari Akaho.

The 23-year-old was dominant around the hoop in Tokyo as she averaged 7.3 rebounds per game.

South Korea join the Japanese in Group A and go into the tournament as the most successful country with 12 championships.

However, their last gold medal came in 2007 with three consecutive runners-up finishes following their home win in Incheon.

New Zealand could emerge as dark horses of the group and capitalise on South Korea missing star player Jisu Park.

If Penina Davidson can stay fit, then the Tall Ferns have a chance of stealing a qualification spot.

Sami Whitcomb won a silver medal at the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup with Australia ©Getty Images
Sami Whitcomb won a silver medal at the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup with Australia ©Getty Images

India makes up the rest of Group A but has not been given much chance of progression.

Shireen Vijay Limaye will be one to watch for the world's number 70 ranked team.

Asia's first and second ranked teams Australia and China, respectively, are inseparable in what will be a hotly contested Group B.

Veteran shooting guard Sami Whitcomb's inclusion in the squad will be a huge boost to the Opals' chances.

The 33-year-old led the New York Liberty to its first Women's National Basketball Association playoffs for the first time since 2017, averaging double figures in points and converting almost 60 per cent from the field.

Chinese Taipei and the Philippines are the remaining teams in a strong looking group.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Amman in Jordan, running until October 3, with all games set to be played at the Prince Hamza Hall.

While Jordan will not take part in the Division A competition, it will participate in the Division B tournament which it will also host in November.