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Australia enter Oceania tournament Final - Jun 26, 2009


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Hope Terdich
Australia - Guam 68:33

Australian selection paved their way into the Oceania championship title game. They eased past Guam in the semifinal earlier today to enter the main game of the competition. Australia thumped their opponents defensively and ensured a decisive lead in the first half. Australia allowed Guam to account for just 3 points in the starting frame and grabbed a 13-point lead. Guam quite unexpectedly outrebounded their opponents in the second frame but shot just 4/22 from the field to trail by 23 points at halftime. Australia continued to keep Guam under the pressure in the second half extending the advantage. The Aussies coasted to a 34-point lead with one quarter remaining. A well-balanced effort saw Australia post a confident victory at the end.
Hope Terdich (192-F-86), Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) and Emma Lobb (188-F-90) came up with 11 points apiece to propel Australia to the win. Caitlin Rowe knocked down 10 points in the victory. Maree Pelkey responded with 10 points and 6 boards for Guam. Kathryn Castro and Raelene Tajalle had 7 points each in defeat.
Australia will face New Zealand in the title decider. Guam will take on New Caledonia for the Bronze medals.

Australia: Hope Terdich 11, Rebecca Campigli 11, Emma Lobb 11
Guam: Maree Pelkey 10, Kathryn Castro 7, Raelene Tajalle 7
  




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