Gems Tip-off U19 WC campaign convincingly

Gems Tip-off U19 WC campaign convincingly

The Australian Gems U19 Women’s basketball team began their 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship campaign in style, handily dispatching Argentina, 69-48, in game one of the tournament in Lithuania overnight.

In what could only be described as a scrappy contest, Australia overcame their Group B opponent despite an off-night on the offensive end, using their rebounding strength to help secure missed shots and turn them into scoring opportunities.

Alex Wilson led the way for the Aussies with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Carley Mijovic, despite a rough shooting night, finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds and Louise Brown added 7 points to go along with a team-high 12 boards.

Counterpart Argentina saw 10 points as their top contribution from both Victoria Llorente and Julieta Armesto.

Inaccurate shooting plagued the contest, with the long-ball not working for the Gems, hitting just one of 14 attempts from beyond the three-point line, dragging their overall field-goal percentage for the game down to just 36.4 per cent.

But luckily for Australia, opponent Argentina struggled even more, connecting on just 14 of their 57 field goal attempts for the game, at 24.6 per cent.

The game began evenly, but a 9-8 lead late in the first term would be the last lead for the Argentinean’s in the contest, the Gems outscoring their opponent in every quarter, building a 16-11 lead at the first break, thanks to an even scoring spread that saw six Aussie players hit the scoreboard.

Alex Wilson and Carley Mijovic led the way in the second term, adding 8 and 5 points respectively, helping the Gems to an 11-point halftime lead, 33-22.

Australia held a double-figure advantage for the entire second half, with their highest-scoring term coming in the last, where Alicia Froling added all 6 of her points, helping push the final winning margin over 20 points.

Australia meet Japan in game two of the preliminary round, the Japanese seeking their first win of the tournament after going down to Spain overnight.

The Australia V Japan match tips off on Saturday morning at 3:15AM AEST. Follow the game and all the Aussie results at www.lithuania2013.fiba.com

Australian Gems 69 (Wilson 16, Mijovic 10, Talbot 9) defeated Argentina 49 (Llorente 10, Armesto 10)

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