INDIA — After a surprising loss to conclude the group phase, Duke University women’s basketball freshman Miela Goodchild and her Australia squad took down New Zealand, 82-66, Thursday in the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in India.
Goodchild and the Gems squad advanced to the semifinals where they will face Japan Friday for the chance to move on to the championship. Japan is currently undefeated with a 3-0 record. China will take on Korea in the other semifinal.
With the win Thursday, Australia booked its place at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.
Australia was in control from the opening tip Thursday leading 7-0 and went on to hold a 23-15 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Goodchild, who is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, scored six straight second quarter points as the Gems went on an 11-0 run and held New Zealand scoreless for three and a half minutes.
At the halftime break, Australia led 41-25. The Gems continued to apply good pressure on New Zealand and would end up holding them to 37.5 percent shooting for the game.
Goodchild played 23 minutes totaling a tied for team-best 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal, while hitting 1-of-3 treys.