Bishop leads Gems to convincing win

Bishop leads Gems to convincing win

The Australian Under 19 Women’s basketball team, the Gems, will play for fifth spot at the 2007 FIBA World Championship after belting the Czech Republic 89-66 this morning. The Gems responded well after they were knocked out of medal contention

The Australian Under 19 Women’s basketball team, the Gems, will play for fifth spot at the 2007 FIBA World Championship after belting the Czech Republic 89-66 this morning.

The Gems responded well after they were knocked out of medal contention last night when Spanish guard Gabriela Ocete fluked a half court shot in the final seconds of their do-or-die quarter final to win 72-69.

18-year-old Canberra Capitals forward Abby Bishop completely dominated the game in notching a massive 25-point, 17 rebound performance with South Australian Mia Newley scoring 14 points to go with 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Mackay’s Marianna Tolo adding 11 points and 8 rebounds in support.

As well as every player scoring points, the Gems dominated the rebounding duel 54-38.

“The girls showed real character after yesterday’s heart breaker,” Head Coach Dean Kinsman said.

“The girls were really focused tonight and Abby Bishop was simply terrific, Mia Newley really set the tone early and Marianna Tolo was good as well.

“Defensively we were very good and our shooting percentages were significantly up. It is a great learning curve for the group.”

Unfortunately for the Gems guard Rebecca Schatz will miss the Gems final match with a back injury.

Scores level pegged for the majority of the first term before the Gems surged in the final two minutes with a 10-2 run to hold a 20-12 quarter time lead.

Newley was on fire from the perimeter in the second term, draining three triples and with Bishop continuing her interior dominance the Gems pushed their lead out to 31-15 before finishing the half 40-27 ahead.

After an early run from the Czech Republic the Gems dug deep and with some added intensity off the bench regained the ascendency to extend their lead to 56-42 at three quarter time.

The Gems started the final term with a 13-2 run to extend their lead to well over 20 points midway through quarter allowing Kinsman the luxury to rotate all his players.

The Gems won the final term 33-24 to register their sixth win in eight games at the tournament and will now play the Slovak Republic in front of a strong home crowd for fifth place at 11:45pm AEST tonight, Sunday August 5.