Back to back wins for Basketball women
29 September 2014
The Australian Women's Basketball Team are sitting at the top of Group C after an 87-54 demolition of Korea to make it back-to-back wins to start the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey overnight.
Coming off a crushing victory over Cuba on Saturday night, the women's team were at it again, establishing a 16-point quarter time lead that would never be threatened.
Head Coach Brendan Joyce again used his bench to great effect, with the reserves contributing 43 points as all 12 players would get their names on the score sheet.
Joyce said it was important to have all players tournament-ready for what awaits over the coming week.
“With the game style we play I like to use my bench and again those players maintained the energy and effort established by our starters,” Joyce said.
“It’s important in tournament play situations to keep all your players fresh, but also get playing time into the whole team – I think we’ve managed to do that so far.
“We’re a very unselfish team and I think you could see some of the veterans really happy to see some of the younger players getting that court time and building their experience, which is going to help us in the tournament.”
It was again the play of Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips that propelled the Australians to a 25-point opening quarter, with the 2006 World Championship MVP finishing with 11 points, four rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes.
Phillips was outstanding as the chief playmaker, racking up a game-high seven assists to go with four points and five rebounds.
Taylor was among five players in double-digit scoring – joined by Laura Hodges (14 points and four rebounds), Marianna Tolo (13 points, five rebounds and two blocks), Belinda Snell 13 points and four rebounds) and Natalie Burton (10 points and seven rebounds).
It was an almost mirror image of the opening quarter against Cuba, with the Jayco Opals wasting no time racing to a big lead as Taylor led the way on seven points.
Not willing to let the Koreans back into the contest, the Australians continued to pressure their opposition at both ends of the floor – growing the lead to 25 points in the shadows of half time. A late Korean rally cut the lead to 45-22 at the main break.
A more aggressive Korea came out of the locker room for the second half, cutting the lead below 20 points as the Australians struggled to rediscover their scoring touch.
It was Hodges who would inspire the Jayco Opals to close out the quarter on a 15-5 run, posting 10 points for the quarter to lead Korea 66-37 heading into the final period.
Joyce used the opportunity to give his bench extended court time, with Natalie Burton cashing in on the chance to impress, posting eight points for the quarter.