Winning Aussies end Hungary tour on high

Winning Aussies end Hungary tour on high

The Australian Women’s Development Team has ended their tour of Hungary on a winning note, claiming back-to-back victories over the Hungarian Under 18 and Under 20 national teams.

It was a brilliant team performance from the Australians to round out the tour with a 61-47 victory over the Hungarian Under 20 team after suffering a narrow 73-70 defeat to them only two days earlier.

Bendigo Spirit guard Tessa Lavey continued her amazing run of form on tour, leading the team 18 points to go with her 8 assists and 2 steals, while Alicia Froling was again unstoppable on the glass, posting a team-high 13 rebounds to go with 9 points.

Melbourne Boomers young centre Stephanie Collins was impressive with 11 points and 6 rebounds, while teammate Alexandra Sharp had 7 points and 11 rebounds in the low-scoring affair.

Jayco Australian Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce led the team to a 4-2 record and believes the future is bright for the national team program going forward.

“It was great to cap off the final game of the tour in a super quality game with a win,” Joyce said.

“It was three points the difference at half time and we were down one at three quarter time. The whole team stepped up tonight to play consistent and tough defence with some quality offensive execution to grind out the win.

“A real positive from this international experience is that we have managed to make sure all twelve players hit the court in every game.

“We have finished with a 4-2 record, which was great for the team, but most of all we provided a tremendous opportunity to experience international competition.”

The night prior, the Australians claimed a comfortable 64-47 win over the Hungarian Under 18 national team, with Lavey again the architect with 13 points, 7 assists and 5 steals.

Townsville Fire teenagers Keely and Alicia Froling where again brilliant in the Australian frontcourt, with Keely posting 12 points and 4 rebounds to go with Alicia’s 10 points and 4 rebounds.