Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
In the women’s semifinals Saturday, Russia topped Chinese Taipei 69-51 while the Americans edged Australia 79-78 on a put-back by Crystal Bradford with :15 left.
The U-S led 76-66, but the Aussies scored 12 straight in just over a minute to take a 78-76 lead with 1:08 remaining.
Bradford made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the margin in half with :54 left, but a 24-second shot violation by Australia on the ensuing possession gave the ball back to the U-S and Bradford, after missing a layup, got her own rebound and scored.
The Aussies missed a short jumper with :08, but the rebound was grabbed by both teams and Australia kept possession. They missed a mid-range jumper with :02 remaining, and Odessey Sims of the U-S corralled the loose ball for the win.
Alliance native and Nebraska star Jordan Hooper played only 11 minutes and had 5 points and 5 rebounds, 2 of them offensive. Sims led the U-S with 20 while Kaleena Lewis posted a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
They bounced yesterday to swamp Norway in the consolation quarterfinals 91-51, then topped Germany today in the semifinals 92-70…trailing by 2 after a quarter, but leading by 14 at both the half and after 3 quarters.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott had his shortest outing against Norway, playing 18 minutes with 10 points and 5 rebounds, then had 18 points and 4 rebounds while playing 24-minutes against Germany.
Finland earned its berth against the Americans with an 82-70 win over Mexico. The men’s title game matches Australia and Russia. The Aussies edged Serbia 68-65 while Russia beat Canada 78-68.