FIBA Asia Women: WNBA players lead Australia in 123-57 thrashing of Gilas
World powerhouse squad Australia flexed its might against Gilas Pilipinas Women with a 123-57 demolition in the two squads’ opener in the 2019 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in India Tuesday.
Ezi Magbegor led 8 players in double-digit scoring for the world no. 3-ranked Opals with 18 points.
Former Seattle Storm shooter Jenna O’Hea put up 17 points, while WNBA veterans Rebecca Allen, Cayla George, Abby Bishop, and Steph Talbot all scored 11 markers each.
Australia dropped 38 points on the women’s national team in the 1st quarter to set the tone for a big afternoon.
The Philippines then struggled from the field in the 3rd quarter, scoring only 6 points as the Opals walked away with a humongous victory.
Former National University standouts Gemma Miranda and Afril Bernardino led the squad with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Current Lady Bulldog and Fil-American Kelli Hayes added 9 markers.
Australia shot 54.1% from floor compared to only 34.3% for the Philippines.
The many-time FIBA Oceania champs also had a whopping 70-19 advantage in rebounding and 41-11 in assists.
Head coach Patrick Aquino’s troops will battle New Zealand and China in the next days in Group B, touted as the “Group of Death” in the 8-country tournament.
The Philippines are trying to avoid getting relegated to Division B of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup tournament.