Earlier today at the U25 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championship in Beijing, Great Britain’s women defeated Australia 44 – 35 to claim gold.
Despite a final score that suggests the game was not that close, the contest was a tightly fought one with Great Britain and Australia tied 6 – 6 at the end of the first quarter after an early 6 – 4 lead by Great Britain.
Australia dominated in the second quarter as Great Britain was not able to get the ball in the basket. Australia built a 15 – 8 lead in the second, before Great Britain battled back to finish the half down 15 – 11.
Great Britain started the third quarter with high energy, and quickly built a 17 – 15 lead only for the Australians to claw their way back to a 21 – 18 lead. There was a momentum shift that saw Great Britain retake the lead with a score of 26 – 23. Australia managed 2 more points before the end of the third, but Great Britain retained their lead at 26 – 25 at the end of the third.
Great Britain came into the final quarter with a drive to win, and, within 4 minutes, pulled ahead 34 – 25. They kept up the intensity and managed to answer everything Australia threw at them for the game to finish 44 – 35.
Amy Conroy was a key player for Great Britain their win, getting a double double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. She was assisted in scoring by Jordanna Bartlett who put up 13 and Laurie Williams who put up 6.
On the Australian side of the ball, they were led by Amber Merrit who had her own double double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Georgia Munro-Cook was second in scoring for the Australians with 6 points, while Sarah Vinci and Georgia Inglis were third in scoring for Australia with 4 points each.
Great Britain’s victory came after progressing through the tournament undefeated. They were the only team in the six deep competition to manage this.