Team Australia upset the USA, 76-69, in the 2017 World University Games quarterfinal Friday morning inside Gymnasium Heping Elementary School. The win moves the Emerging Opals into a semifinal contest against Chinese Taipei on Saturday at 4:30 a.m. (CT).
Lady Bear senior Kristy Wallace made 7-of-9 field goal attempts and 8-of-10 free throws to pace Australia in scoring with 22 points in 28 minutes on the floor. She also added four rebounds and a steal in the win. As a starter in all four games, Wallace is averaging 10.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
The USA got off to a strong start, 21-13, in the first quarter, but the Emerging Opals fought back to cut the halftime deficit to three points, 36-33. The Australia offense kept rolling with 20 points in the third and fourth quarters.
Team USA, which is comprised of the 2017-18 Maryland women’s basketball roster, capitalized on turnovers, 22-10, but Australia held the edge inside (36-32) and off second chance points (12-10).