INDIA — Duke University women’s basketball freshman Miela Goodchild scored a game-high 26 points Friday, but Australia dropped a 90-77 decision against Japan in the semifinals of the FIBA U18 Asian Championship in India.
Australia will next take on Korea Saturday in the third place game to conclude the championship.
Goodchild, who hails from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, scored the opening points of the game, but the Gems would fall behind 21-12 at the end of the first quarter. Australia trailed 33-18 in the second quarter, but went on a 14-0 run to cut the score to 33-32 with 2:41 remaining in the half. A jumper by Goodchild with 22 seconds remaining in the second quarter gave Australia a 39-38 lead, which is where the score remaining at halftime.
After Goodchild opened the third period with a three-pointer to give Australia a 42-38 lead, Japan went on a 13-0 run to go ahead 51-42. Australia couldn’t recover from the third period that saw Japan outscoring the Gems, 30-12.
For the game, Goodchild finished with a game-high 26 points, five assists, seven steals and four rebounds. She hit three treys in 37 minutes.
Goodchild will miss Duke’s exhibition Sunday against Alaska Anchorage, but will return to campus for class Monday, Nov. 5.