Aussie Women win gold at Pacific Championships

Aussie Women win gold at Pacific Championships

The Australian Women have claimed the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships in New Zealand, defeating New Zealand Maori 74-54 in the tournament final last night.

It was an inspired performance by the Australian team, with exciting young centre Lauren Scherf leading the charge, with a game-high 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks as the team raced to a 22-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

From that point the Australians were able to hold off the resistance of the home team, finding strong output from Kristy Wallace (17 points and 8 rebounds) and Rachel Antoniadou (10 points).

The win ensures the team went through the tournament undefeated, with a 6-0 record, amassing an incredible 561 points at an average of 93.5 points per game.

Dandenong Rangers WNBL player Scherf had a standout week for Australia, finishing the tournament as the leading scorer (19.5 points per game), ranked second in rebounding (11 per game) and first in shot blocks (1.7 per game).

Scherf wasn’t the only member of the winning team putting up big numbers, with West Coast Waves young guard Mikayla Pirini, averaging at tournament-best 3.7 assists per game. Wallace was also a consistent contributor, averaging 14.2 points (#6), 5.8 rebounds (#11) and 2.8 assists (#4).

The Australian Men claimed the silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships, going down to New Zealand Maori in a hard-fought final 71-66 last night.

After putting together a five-game unbeaten run, the Australians could not etch out the win against the host nation despite the best efforts of Tad Dudelmeier (19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 8 rebounds).

The New Zealand team got out to an early 21-13 lead and were never passed as the Australians resistance fell just five points short.

Australia had four players average double figure points for the tournament, with Michael Healy (10.7 points per game), Joel Smith (10.3), Tanner Krebs (10.2) and Rhys Vague (10) all playing the part on offense, while Geremy McKay led the team in rebounding at 6.8 per game (#7).

CLICK HERE For the stats, results and boxscores from the 2013 FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships.