The Australian women have continued their winning streaks at the 2018 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup, moving into tomorrow’s finals with unbeaten runs through the two pool games.
The WNBL is well represented this off season, with current stars Bec Cole, Maddie Garrick and Keely Froling on court, playing alongside 3×3 pro Carlie Smith in the Australian contingent.
Taking on Japan in their opening game, the Aussie women started with a 7-0 run courtesy of Bec Cole’s lightning quick moves to the basket and Maddie Garrick’s deadly three-point shot.
Defensively, Carlie Smith and Keely Froling were able to cut off the passing planes, stopping Japan from even getting a shot up.
A couple of two-pointers got Japan on the board finally but Cole continued to penetrate with ease and Froling halted any potential run for the Japanese with two massive rejections as Australia ran out 20-14 victors.
They were back on court an hour later against Iran and Garrick and Cole picked up where they had left off with three two-pointers to start.
Iran exerted a little muscle with a block on Froling but they could not find an easy shot as Australia’s defence provided a stranglehold on the contest.
Cole was again able to slice her way to the basket as well and when Smith nailed a two from the corner, the Aussies had clinched a 22-3 victory with 2:45 still left on the clock.
But they are not the only WNBL athletes finding success in 3×3, with Toni Farnworth, Micaela Cocks, Kalani Purcell and Chevannah Paalvast all representing New Zealand.
New Zealand are also currently sitting on top of their pool, with two wins against China and Malaysia. They will face Chinese Taipei in the quarter finals.
The Australian women will now get set for a Quarter-Final clash against Indonesia at 4.05pm AEST tomorrow before the Semi-Finals are held around 7pm with the final scheduled for 10.45pm as they aim to defend their 2017 gold medal.
Australian teams will now meet Samoa at 2.20pm for the women with victories officially booking them a spot at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup.
Check out the results and more pics from the tournament here.
Australia’s Schedule at the 2018 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup (all times AEST):
April 29: Australian Women vs. Samoa 2.20pm
April 30: Pool Games
May 1: Finals