In the first game of the World Championships the Australian Pearls played Brazil, winning 94 to 38. Australia dominated the game controlling the boards at both ends, opening up plenty of scoring avenues in the process.
All 11 players received quality court-time and all players were on the score sheet. This was a great first game for the five Pearl rookies who also got to experience the tough, physical Brazilian style of basketball.
Our co-captains had double-doubles with Mina Aldobasic taking 17 rebounds to go with 16 points, while Kaite Papworth finished with 16 points and 11 boards. The Pearls shot 52 per cent from the floor and out-rebounded Brazil 54 to 30.
Eliza and Bernadette Barden combined exceptionally well and were constant threats to the Brazilians. Eliza top scored with 17 points.
In game two, the Aussies played Portugal, and they raced away to a whopping 98-19 victory.
Many will just look at the score-line though and think this was an easy game. The Portugese team was a very tough outfit, playing physical right from the first jump.
The Aussies got pushed around, knocked over, jumped on, tripped and the squad was expecting to count a few bruises and bumps the next day.
But above all else, it gave the girls an excellent understanding of the physically demanding nature of International basketball. Despite the score, Portugal played a very tough game and did not give up.