The Australian Women’s team produced another exemplary performance to crush Tahiti 100-52, with tournament standout Lauren Scherf putting in another brilliant shift to lead the team to the gold medal game.
The young centre had a game-high 25 points on a remarkable 12-of-15 shooting to go with 15 rebounds and 5 assists, above her tournament averages of 20 points (per game) and 10.6 rebounds.
Scherf found plenty of support in the form of Montana Farrah-Seaton (18 points) and Alliyah Fareo (18 points and 6 rebounds) to ensure the team would maintain their unbeaten run.
They will meet New Zealand Maori in the final, tipping off at 3:00pm AEDT.
It was a sterner test for the Australian Men’s team as they were forced to endure a late comeback from Samoa to advance to the final, winning through 85-79 in last night’s semi-final.
Leading by 15 points at half-time, the Australians looked in the box seat only for Samoa to make a late rally. However, they steadied to ensure victory and a chance to win the gold medal against New Zealand Maori today at 5:00pm AEDT.
Tanner Krebs had his best offensive game of the tournament, posting 19 points (4-of-9 3FG), while Kai Woodfall had 18 points and Kai Healy had 12 points.
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