The Australian Devils remain unbeaten at the 2019 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Women’s Under-25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Suphan Buri, Thailand, taking care of Turkey 53-24 in their second game of the group stage.

Australia set the tone at the defensive end in the opening term and never looked back, holding Turkey scoreless in the first quarter and to just 26% shooting for the game.

At the other end, Teisha Shadwell (13 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and Jess Cronje (10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals) hit the scoreboard to give Australia a double-digit advantage at the first break.

Turkey finally broke through the Devils’ defences two minutes into the second term, sparking a quick six points.

Australia answered through Maryanne Latu, who scored six points herself, and the Devils extended their lead to 19 at half-time.

After battling foul trouble in the first half, Annabelle Lindsay (eight points, eight boards) was able to make her presence felt in the third quarter, and her combination with Shadwell proved deadly as the Devils again kept Turkey at bay.

Georgia Bishop-Cash was then given the chance to show off, adding 12 points off the bench on 5-8 shooting. She combined with Cronje to outscore Turkey’s second unit 22-0.

The Devils will now face the USA in the battle for top seed, before the finals begin on Sunday (26 May).

View the box score here.

All games can be viewed live on Facebook and YouTube, with statistics available here.

Australian Devils schedule for the 2019 IWBF Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships
Date Time (AEST) Matchup
23 May 19:00 Germany 37 def by Australia 55
24 May 18:00 Australia 53 def Turkey 24
25 May 20:15 USA v Australia
26 May TBC Quarter-finals
27 May TBC Semi-finals
28 May TBC Finals and placings

By Basketball Australia
Posted: 24/05/2019