On a disappointing fourth day of the World University Games, the Emerging Opals and Boomers have lost their games with the women suffering a nail-biting defeat to Russia while the men could not overcome a slow start against Israel.

Emerging Opals

In their final game of the pool stage, Australia took on Russia with both teams entering the contest unbeaten.

Hardly anything could separate the two sides as well although Alex Wilson's eight points by half-time, including two three-pointers, gave the Emerging Opals a slim two-point lead while Darcee Garbin was closing in on another double-double with seven points and seven rebounds.

Russia was able to respond in the third though, eking out a two-point lead of their own to carry some momentum into the final period.

Darcee Garbin (14 points, 11 rebounds) then scored five straight to put the Emerging Opals on top but the back and forth affair ended with Russia going on a 10-2 run.

With less than two minutes remaining, Wilson (15 points) drained a big three from the corner to cut the deficit to one and following two Russian free-throws, Kristy Wallace (nine points, seven boards, six assists) tied the game with another long range bomb.

There was time enough for Russia to have one last look though and they converted to break the hearts of the Emerging Opals before draining another three shots from the charity stripe to make it a 63-58 game.

Find the box score here.

Once again, the Aussies controlled the glass to give them a real advantage in the paint but eight more turnovers proved costly.

The Emerging Opals have finished second in Pool D and now await the final results tonight to find out their Quarter-Final opponent with that game scheduled for Friday.

Emerging Boomers

A slow start from the Emerging Boomers proved their downfall against Israel, falling 72-89 after trailing by ten at half-time.

Israel's ball movement saw them tally 23 assists on 37 field goals, allowing them to shoot 64% from inside the arc compared to Australia's 43% while the Emerging Boomers also hit just 6-25 from the three-point line.

Rhys Vague helped keep his side close through the opening two stanza's, putting together his most productive game with eight points by half-time.

Dejan Vasiljevic and Gorjok Gak (16 points, seven rebounds, two steals) then got the Aussies going in the third quarter as they made inroads on the deficit.

Vasiljevic shot just 2-12 from the field but 8-9 from the free-throw line allowed him to finish with 13 points, helping to close the margin to a point down the stretch of the third term.

Kyle Adnam (six points, two steals) and Tanner Krebs (five points) also knocked down some critical buckets but Israel never let them get in front and pushed back out to a six-point advantage at the last change.


Xavier Cooks (13 points, nine rebounds, three steals) led one final charge for the Emerging Boomers, scoring five straight points for his side to open the fourth quarter and they again came within one possession before Israel capped off the clash with a 23-8 run, squashing any hope of a comeback.

Find the stats here.

The Emerging Boomers take on Russia tomorrow at 2.30pm AEST as their pool stage continues with the opportunity to even the win/loss ledger at 2-2. That game will be live-streamed via FISU here.

The 2017 Emerging Boomers and Opals Schedule (all times AEST):

August 24: Emerging Boomers vs. Russia at 2.30pm
August 25: Emerging Boomers vs. Mozambique at 12.00pm
Emerging Opals Quarter-Finals
August 26: Emerging Opals Semi-Finals
August 27: Emerging Boomers Quarter-Finals
August 28: Emerging Boomers Semi-Finals
Emerging Opals bronze and gold medal games
August 29: Emerging Boomers bronze and gold medal game

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