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Australia makes statement in dominant championship run
PAPUA NEW GUINEA (FIBA U15 Oceania Championship) - Australia romped its way to the Gold Medal with a masterful performance over New Zealand sealing the championship, 110-30 at the Taurama Indoor Center in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Meg Robinson paced the Sapphires with 15 points in a balanced effort that also featured Piper Dunlop (14), Kate Deeble (14), Charlisse Dunn (13), Shaneice Swain (13) and Millie Prior (12) AND Paige Price (10) all scoring in double figures.
The Sapphires played head and shoulders above the competition with an average winning margin of 125.4 points over five games.
"Our mantra is to respect the opposition, and we need to be disciplined to do to our work. The score lines are quite big but we did it the right way and with a good brand of unselfish basketball," said Australia Head Coach Tracy York.
The FIBA U15 Women's Oceania Championship served as the first qualifying step to the 2020 FIBA U17 World Cup. Australia and New Zealand have booked their tickets to next year's FIBA U16 Women's Asian Championship.
"We're excited for the chance to create history in Australia, and it was a solid effort by all 12 players. They are an unselfish group and probably one of the best young groups I've had all time," shared York.
Melika Samia paced NZL with 12 points in the losing effort.