Gems defeat Serbia, next up, Quarter Finals clash with China

Gems defeat Serbia, next up, Quarter Finals clash with China

The Australian Gems U19 Women's basketball team completed a 3-0 sweep of their Eighth-Final Round match-ups in Lithuania overnight, with a resounding victory over Serbia, 89-53, giving them the perfect preparation ahead of the Quarter Finals stage of the FIBA U19 Women's World Championship.

The win gave the Gems a tournament record of 5 wins and 1 loss, good enough to finish in second place of Group E, setting up a Quarter Final crossover match against China.

 It took a win over the Netherlands last night for China to qualify for the Quarter Finals, finishing third in Group F, with a tournament record of 4 wins and 2 losses.

All 12 players hit the scoreboard for the Aussies against Serbia, the comfortable victory giving Coach Chambers a chance to give everyone a good run, with no one playing less than 10 minutes of action, and only one player logging greater than 20 minutes on the floor.

Carley Mijovic led the scoring with 15 points, to go along with 4 steals, while Darcee Garbin added a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Stephanie Talbot continued her ability to impact all statistical columns of the box-score, finishing with 6 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, as well as 5 of Australia’s 24 steals recorded in the contest.

Aleksandra Crvendakic led the way for Serbia with 13 points and 4 assists, while Kristina Topuzovic, the only other player to register double-figure scoring, finished with 11 points and a team-high 8 rebounds.

The game was close for much of the first term, the Gems building on a 12-10  lead late in the quarter, to push their advantage to 20-14 at the break, behind baskets from Tahlia Tupaea and Alicia Froling.

Tupaea began the second term as she finished the first, scoring Australia’s first 5 points, helping push the lead towards double figures, where it quickly expanded until Australia led 42-24 at halftime.

Australia scored 30 points in the third term, the offensive explosion and tenacious defence helping push their advantage beyond a 30 point margin.

The Gems now have day of rest before their Quarter Finals battle with China.

The Australia V China match tips off on Saturday morning at 1:00AM AEST. Follow the game and all the Aussie results at www.lithuania2013.fiba.com

Australian Gems 89 (Mijovic 15, Garbin 14, Tupaea 9) defeated Serbia 53 (Crvendakic 13, Topuzovic 11)

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