Gems rebound to score solid victory over Russia

Gems rebound to score solid victory over Russia

The Australian Gems U19 Women’s basketball team are back on the winner’s list, having rebounded strongly from Sunday’s loss to Spain, to defeat Russia in their FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship match-up overnight, 96-72.

It was a convincing victory for the young Aussies, who used a strong defensive press early to set the tone for the night, culminating in a 16 point unanswered run to start the game, that had the Russians on the back-foot from the outset.

The Gems equalled their highest scoring total of the tournament, clicking on the offensive end, hitting 47.7 per cent from the field for the game, with five players registering double-digit scoring performances.

Carley Mijovic led the way with a solid double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with 4 assists and 3 blocks, while Alex Wilson added 18 points and 5 steals, Casey Samuels added 15 points and 6 assists, Vanessa Panousis had a tournament-high 13 points and Stephanie Talbot continued her all-round contribution with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Russia were led by Albina Razheva who finished with 19 points despite fouling out of the contest after just 23 minutes of court time. Ekaterina Safonova and Julia Gladkova both finished with 11 points, while centre Anna Shchetina also caused Australia some issues, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking 5 shots.

It took over five minutes of playing time before Russia scored their first points of the game, smothering defence from the Gems helping them open up a 16-0 lead, before eventually taking a 25-10 advantage into the first break. Casey Samuels led the way with 10 first-quarter points.

Australia opened up a 24-point lead early in the second term, but Russia continued to battle, finding their offensive rhythm, and clawing the deficit back to 15 points at halftime, each side scoring 25 apiece for the term.

Russia cut the lead to 12-points early in the second half, but Australia steadied to put up 27 points for the third term, opening up a 77-51 advantage heading into the final quarter.

The final term gave Coach Chambers a chance to give her entire team some court time, all players hitting the court as the Gems extended their lead to claim the 96-72 victory.

Australia now back-up immediately against the undefeated Brazil, a team that has already booked a place in the Quarter-Finals of the tournament thanks to their 4-0 record.

The Australia V Brazil match tips off on Tuesday night at 10:45PM AEST. Follow the game and all the Aussie results at www.lithuania2013.fiba.com

Australian Gems 96 (Mijovic 19, Wilson 18, Samuels 15) defeated Russia 72 (Razheva 19, Safonova 11, Gladkova 11)

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