U17 Women to play for seventh at Worlds

U17 Women to play for seventh at Worlds

The Australian U17 Women's team will playoff for seventh place at the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women after narrowly losing to Japan, 95-92, in a classification match overnight in Toulouse, France.

Japan advance to the fifth place playoff against Russia while the Australians will take on Spain in the battle for seventh place from 5.30pm tonight (Sunday July 25) AEST.

Thirty-four points and 16 rebounds from Queenslander Gretel Tippett was not enough to put Japan away. Tippett was well supported by Sara Blicavs with 19 points and eight rebounds and Carley Mijovic with 16 points and six rebounds, but Japan had three players tally over 20 points apiece.

Yuki Miyazawa topped Japan’s scoring with 30 points but Yume Negishi was unstoppable from range with 6-of-7 treys.

Australian head coach Peter Lonergan said “We struggled to contain their skills and quickness. They played amazingly and shot very well from three-point range. I must give full credit to their team… Tippett who scored 34 points in 31 minutes. She has been a warrior, a leader. It’s been a privilege to coach her…”

Yuki Miyazawa and Yume Negishi put Japan 5-0 up before the Australians found their range. They were unable to catch up in the first period due to several missed attempts while the Japanese drained 6-of-8 attempts from 3-point range to lead by eight points at the first break, 34-26.

Australia’s success rate improved in the second period as they came back briefly take the lead for the first time after 18 minutes, a lead which they took into the half time break, 59-54, largely thanks to Tippett and Blicavs.

Within 2 ½ minutes of the third quarter, Australia’s lead had evaporated, Miyazawa taking her team back in front by 80- 73 at the break.

Tippett led the recovery for the Aussies in the final period to lead 88-87 with 3 ½ minutes to go. Miyazawa again lifted her team to take the game 95- 92.

Play-by-play will be available for the Australians’ playoff for seventh place from 5.30pm AEST Sunday July 25, thanks to FIBA Live Stats at france2010.fiba.com.

[Box Score]

Quarter by quarter:

1: JPN 34 AUS 26
H: AUS 59 JPN 54     (33-20)
3: JPN 80 AUS 73     (26-14)
F: JPN 95 AUS 92     (15-19)

JAPAN 95 (Y Miyazawa 30, M Nagaoka 23, Y Negishi 21) def
AUSTRALIA 92 (G Tippett 34, S Blicavs 19, C Mijovic 16)
In Toulouse, France

Australian U17 Women World Championship Schedule

Friday July 16:          Australia 58 def Spain 57    
Saturday July 17:      China 92 def Australia 75
Sunday July 18:        Australia 77 def Argentina 57
Tuesday July 20:       Australia 88 def Mali 39
Wednesday July 21:  Belgium 67 def Australia 61

Friday July 23:         Quarter Finals: France 69 def Australia 59
Saturday July 24:     Classification Final: Japan 95 def Australia 92
Sunday July 25:        Seventh place playoff: Australia v Spain 09:30 (5.30pm AEST)