Australia to play for gold at World Uni Games

August 28, 2017 | Townsville Fire news
Australia will face Japan in tonight’s gold medal game at the World University Games after another starring performance from Darcee Garbin. The JCU Townsville Fire championship winner, who is currently studying business at James Cook University, has propelled the Emerging Opals into the decider after finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds against Chinese Taipei. With more than 18,000 Chinese Taipei fans cheering on the host nation from the stands, the Australians did well to maintain their composure, with Garbin among four players in double figures as they escaped with a 79-74 victory. UC Capitals centre Lauren Scherf top-scored with 21 points and 17 rebounds, while her Canberra teammate, Abby Wherung, drained 19 including 7/7 from the field. Rising Queensland star Kristy Wallace finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Fire championship winner Ally Wilson grabbed nine points, three rebounds and six assists. Having lost their final pool game to Russia, the Emerging Opals were expecting a re-match with the European champions, but Japan came through on the other side of the draw. Australia will meet Japan from 10pm tonight in the gold medal game. Click here to see box scores from the World University Games.