TWO IN A ROW FOR EMERGING OPALS AT WORLD UNI GAMES

TWO IN A ROW FOR EMERGING OPALS AT WORLD UNI GAMES

In what was arguably the toughest group coming into the tournament, the Emerging Opals have raced to the top of Pool D with a clinical 69-47 victory over Argentina.

They now face just one more game in the group stage against Russia (who are also unbeaten) before heading into the Quarter-Finals.

Australia got the job done against Argentina at the defensive end, holding their opponents to just 25% shooting from the field including 2-13 shooting from beyond the arc.

While they only led by four at quarter-time, an 18-9 second term put a real gap on the scoreboard with Abbey Wehrung and Vanessa Panousis attacking the basket while Darcee Garbin chimed in with a three-pointer.

Their scoring dried up slightly in the third period as Argentina trimmed a 13-point to 11 but the Emerging Opals squashed any hope of a comeback quickly with a 13-2 run to open the final quarter.

Dominating the boards for the second straight game, Garbin (15 points on 3-4 long range shooting, 11 rebounds) and Lauren Scherf (17 points, eight rebounds) led the Emerging Opals to a 53-37 advantage overall while Alex Wilson played a critical role with eight points and seven rebounds.

The team's synchronicity was also on display with a 23-6 edge in assists as Aimie Clyesdale (three points, six assists), Panousis (five points, six assists) and Kristy Wallace (five points, three assists) all shared the love.

Find the full stats here.

The Emerging Opals will now take on Russia tomorrow afternoon for top spot in Pool D as well as official qualification for the Quarter-Finals.

The Emerging Boomers will also be on court against Israel later in the day. That game should become available via FISU's live-stream here.

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

August 23: Emerging Opals vs. Russia at 2.30pm
Emerging Boomers vs. Israel at 5.00pm
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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