GEMS CRUSH MEXICO TO GET ON WINNERS LIST AT FIBA U19 WORLD CUP

GEMS CRUSH MEXICO TO GET ON WINNERS LIST AT FIBA U19 WORLD CUP

Putting the previous night's disappointment behind them, the Australian Gems have proven they are a force to be reckoned with at the Under-19 World Cup, defeating Mexico 109-34.

Australia looked keen to atone for their loss to Japan early and maintained their commitment to the cause through the full 40 minutes.

They held Mexico to just ten points in their most efficient quarter while Australia shot 49% from the field and 9-18 from the three-point line for the game.

While the result did not go their way on opening night, Australia still had a lot of success in the front court against Japan and they utilised a similar strategy against Mexico with Anneli Maley (two points, nine rebounds, two assists) brought into the starting line-up.

Her tenacity on the glass, alongside Chloe Bibby (16 points, six rebounds) and Ezi Magbegor (11 points, seven rebounds) who knocked in a combined eight points early, helped Australia to a 17-7 run to start the game.

Kiera Rowe (seven points, two steals) capped that run with a three-pointer before Zitina Aokuso (eight points, seven boards) came off the bench to maintain the interior pressure as Australia opened up a 16-point edge.

The Gems' defence was just as impressive and they restricted Mexico from scoring through the first three minutes of the second term while at the other end, Lara McSpadden (six points, six rebounds) knocked in her first points of the tournament.

Maddison Rocci (14 points, seven assists) and Samantha Simons (a game-high 17 points) then drilled three-pointers to take a 35-point lead into the main break before Monique Conti (12 points, five assists, two steals) got herself into the act as Australia scored the first 12 points of the third period.

Mexico simply could not contain the point guard in the open floor and she sparked the Gems into another gear alongside Jazmin Shelley who scored six or her eight points in the period as Australia shot 12-17 (71%) from the field, pushing the margin beyond 50.

Rebecca Pizzey then got on the board in the final minutes to ensure every member of the team had scored in an exceptionally well-rounded team performance that saw every member play at least 12 minutes.

Find the box score here and watch a replay of the game vs. Mexico below.

The Gems now take a day's break before their final group stage game against Hungary on Tuesday night AEST and you can watch that game live via FIBA's YouTube channel here.

Australia's Schedule for the Under-19 Women's World Championships (all times AEST):
July 25: Australia vs. Hungary 10.00pm
July 26: Round of 16
July 28: Quarter-Finals
July 29: Semi-Finals
July 30: Bronze and Gold medal games