The USA Women won their fifth straight FIBA U19 World Championship as they destroyed France 61-28 in the title game in Lithuania.
France was within 27-20 at halftime, but incredibly only scored eight points in the entire second half including a two-point fourth period. Any chance they may have had was destroyed when point guard Olivia Epoupa was carried off the court with an injury late in the third quarter.
UConn’s Breanna Stewart led the undefeated Americans with 16 points and nine rebounds. Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds. France shot 21.7% for the game and had 24 turnovers.
Australia took the bronze medal with a 73-68 win over Spain. The Aussies came back from a 17-point third quarter deficit. A 15-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter turned an eight-point Spain lead into a seven-point Australia lead.
Australia looked to have the game in hand leading 69-62 with 90 seconds left. However, Spain came back with six quick points to cut the lead to one. Spain had a chance to take the lead when Australia’s Stephanie Talbot came up with the key steal and Alex Wilson then hit her free throws to give the Aussies the bronze. It was their first medal at the event since 1997.
6’6 Carley Mijovic (25 points, 6 rebounds) and the 6’1 Talbot (22 points, 9 rebounds) combined for 47 points and 15 rebounds to lead Australia. 6’6 Spanish center Astou Ndour, who dominated many games in the event, was held to 14 points on 7-of-19 shooting.
She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by the French point guard Epoupa (11.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.0 apg), Oregon State’s Jamie Weisner (Canada, 17.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.8 apg), Australia’s Talbot (13.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.3 apg) and Ndour of Spain (17.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg). Brazil’s Isabela Ramona was the leading scorer of the tournament, averaging 18.2 ppg.
Thanks to FIBA for the photos.