FIBA U19 World Championship for Women Brazil power past Australia
Brazil bounced back from defeat against France to close the second stage of the FIBA U19 Championship with a victory against Australia (75-47).
The Australia Gems failed to take advantage of Brazil's poor shooting in the first quarter (1-of-16) and just edged the first quarter (10-8).
The second quarter was hyper defensive with the lead changing hand several times before Brazil went ahead for good (30-29) at the interval.
Brazil went to work in the third quarter keeping the Australians scoreless for five minutes while stretching their advantage. However a 15-0 finish to the quarter ended any hope of a fightback by the Gems.
Brazil went into the final quarter leading (57-39) and with Damiris Dantas (24 points) and Tassia Carcavalli (20 points) scoring at will, it was one-way traffic until the end of the game.
Rebecca Allen was the top scorer for Australia with 14 points.
This result put Brazil on top of the group while Australia had to settle for second place.
France had a comfortable victory against Chinese Taipei (74-57) to consolidate third place.
France scored the first 6 points of the match and despite a few moments in the first quarter when their opponents tied the game (14-14), France were never in any danger.
11 of the 12 players scored with Hélèna Akmouche (in picture) leading the way with 16 points.
Spain made light work of Chile with a comfortable victory (83-48)with Astou Ndour leading the way with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. With this victory Spain had to settle for fourth place.
Chile and Chinese Taipei will play in the classification round for 9th place.
The quarter-final pairings for the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championship Women are as follows:
Canada vs Spain USA vs France Australia vs Japan Brazil vs Russia