Gems glide past Czech Republic

Gems glide past Czech Republic

The Gems have put the rest of the competition on notice at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women after a resounding 92-65 victory over European powerhouse the Czech Republic in Bangkok, Thailand tonight.

Australia remains the only undefeated team in its group, and is guaranteed a Quarter Final berth with only one game left in the Eight-Final round, against Brazil tomorrow night.

Carlton-born Rachel Jarry had her best performance of the tournament, leading the Gems with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Gretel Tippett added 14 points and four rebounds and Opals centre Elizabeth Cambage bagged 10 points and seven boards while Jillian Haughton got on the board with two points in her first minutes on court.

The Gems made it look easy, getting the ball inside and drilling it home to maintain their unblemished record at the championship.

While the Czechs managed to penetrate the paint in the first quarter they could not convert from close range but the Australians were getting it done. An 8-0 run by the Gems midway through the quarter pushed the lead out and with two clean baskets from 3-point range and tough defence from Queensland’s Tippett, the Gems were suddenly up by 13 points at the first break, 24-11.

The Czech Republic was first out of the blocks in the second quarter but Australia’s defensive hustle forced the Europeans to take bad shots, shooting an abysmal 20 percent from the field, converting just 1-of-9 from 3-point range. The missed shots gifted the Gems a 19 point lead at halftime, 47-28.

The woes continued for the Czech Republic as the Gems carried on with their barrage in the third quarter. Bree Farley tallied a neat seven points to help Australia out to an unreachable 30 point lead, 73-43 at the final break.

Australia’s biggest presence in the paint, 203cm Cambage, was awarded her fourth foul late in the third quarter and remained seated at the opening of the final term, allowing forward Tippett to step up and add seven points in the fourth.

To their credit the Czechs rallied in the final quarter but there was no hesitation from the Gems as they hammered home the result, a resounding 27 point victory.

Last night France upset Brazil 59-48 and Spain continued their unbeaten run over Japan 81-57. Earlier today the USA easily accounted for Russia 75-56, host nation Thailand was relegated to 16th place after succumbing to Tunisia 80-65 and Korea claimed 13th spot over Mali 68-52

The Gems will face Brazil at 8.30pm tomorrow night AEST.

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[Box Score]

Quarter by quarter:

1: AUST 24 CZE 11
H: AUST 47 CZE 28   (23-17)
3: AUST 73 CZE 43   (26-15)
F: AUST 92 CZE 65   (19-22)

AUSTRALIA (Rachel Jarry 17, Gretel Tippett 14, Elizabeth Cambage 10) bt
CZECH REPUBLIC (Eva Skutilova 14, Michaela Stara 9, Lenka Nartakova 8)
At Bangkok Thai-Japan Center, Thailand

Gems Eight-Finals Schedule
Monday July 27: Australia 69 bt Lithuania 53
Tuesday July 28: Australia 92 bt Czech Republic 65
Wednesday July 29: Australia v Brazil, 8.30pm AEST

2009 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women – Official Website

Previous Games

Preliminary Rounds
Gems extinguish Argentina in Worlds opener
Gems finish off France at Worlds
Gems top group at Worlds

Eight-Final Round
Gems pounce on Lithuania

Photos courtesy of FIBA