The Australian Devils have claimed their third consecutive silver medal at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Women’s Under-25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships, after dropping their gold medal clash against the USA 25-62 in Suphan Buri, Thailand, overnight.
Despite an impressive defensive effort against Great Britain in the semi-final, Australia was unable to contain the USA, whose speed in transition and pure shooting saw the Devils trail 2-18 at the first break.
The second term followed a similar pattern, but they continued to fight hard and finally found some space out of the main break, with Annabelle Lindsay (13 points, 14 rebounds, three assists) scoring six in a row to finish the game with a double-double.
Teisha Shadwell (two points, two rebounds) and Maryanne Latu (four points, eight boards, two assists) began to make their presence felt through their passing and work on the glass, while Jess Cronje (four points, eight rebounds, two assists) had impact off the bench.
Together, they minimised the damage with a 21-26 second half, curbing their turnovers and finishing with five second chance points to outscore the USA in that area.
“At the end of the day, it was not the result we were looking for, but I’m so proud of how the girls played all week,” said Head Coach Stephen Charlton.
View the box score here.
|Draw – 2019 IWBF Women’s Under-25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships|
|23 May||Germany 37 def by Australia 55|
|24 May||Australia 53 def Turkey 24|
|25 May||USA 56 def Australia 31|
|26 May||Quarter-final / Australia 72 def South Africa 12|
|27 May||Semi-final / Australia 42 def Great Britain 36|
|28 May||Gold medal game / Australia 25 def by USA 62|
By Basketball Australia
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