TAIPEI, Taiwan – The United States fell just short and was edged by Australia, 76-69, in the quarterfinals of the World University Games Friday evening at the Heping Basketball Gymnasium.
The U.S. led in the first quarter, then a tough second quarter gave the Australians the lead. The USA made a push late in the fourth quarter, but fell short.
“I thought we started the game really strong,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “But Australia’s size and aggressiveness on the glass made a big impact. We’ve said all along that this experience will only help us as we prepare for the regular season.”
Team USA used a 13-4 run to lead 21-13 at the end of the first quarter. Australia took the second quarter and outrebounded the U.S. 17 to nine to take a three-point lead at 36-33 into halftime.
The U.S. forced two quick turnovers to start the second half, and Fraser sunk a jumper to make it a one-point game, but the USA couldn’t find a rhythm on either end of the floor.
Jankoska made a three-pointer with just over three minutes to play to make it a seven-point lead at 70-63. She sunk two free throws and hit another trey to make it a four-point game with 46 seconds left. Team USA forced a turnover on the defensive end, but the late push fell short.
The USA will take on Canada Saturday at 5:30 a.m. ET at the Heping Basketball Gymnasium. Live stats will be available at www.2017.taipei and live coverage, including a Periscope live stream, will be on the team’s Twitter at @umdwbb and Facebook page.
The Maryland women’s basketball team was selected by the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF) to represent the United States in the World University Games. The World University Games will conclude Aug. 30 with the closing ceremony.
The World University Games are held every other year and are organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24, and are or have been within the past year, a student at a college or university.