The Australian Women’s World University Games team comfortably defeated China 68-41 in their second match of the 2007 World University Games (WUG) in Bangkok, Thailand overnight.
Bouncing back from their narrow loss to Brazil yesterday, the Australians physical presence proved too strong for the Chinese, with the Aussies crushing their opponents 48-22 in the rebound count.
Head Coach Carrie Graf enjoyed her full contingent of players for the game following the return of Sydney Uni Flame Eva Afeaki, Townsville Fire guard Kelly Wilson and Laura Thomas (University of Portland) who missed the Brazil match with stomach viruses.
Adelaide Lightning point guard Jess Foley scored a game high 17 points to lead Australia with recent Under 21 World Championship Silver medalist Chantella Perera and Sydney Uni Flames forward Georgia Woodyard adding 15 points and 8 rebounds and 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Lu Lu scored 16 points to lead China.
The Aussies slowly established a 19-11 quarter time lead but exploded in the second and third quarters, netting 37 points while restricting the Chinese to just 16 to hold a dominant 56-27 three quarter time lead.
In oppressive conditions, Graf rotated her full list in the final quarter which China won 14-12.
The Australian Men play Israel at 7:45pm AEST tonight.
AUSTRALIA 68 (Foley 17, Perera 15, Woodyard 15) def
CHINA 41 (Lu 16, Yu 7, Jing 6)