Newcastle’s Katie Ebzery and the Australian Opals have cantered into the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup quarter final rounds after three straight victories in Pool B, and will now face China for a chance to become one of the final four.
The Opals also come into the showdown against China knowing there’s another major blockbuster on the horizon should they prevail – a match against the winner of Canada and hometown representatives Spain.
While it’s been Liz Cambage that has proved key for the Aussies in their opening victories, Ebzery has also had a dominant tournament in the green and gold – Newcastle’s star basketballer has shone at point guard.
Ebzery racked up ten assists in the opening three fixtures, including five against Turkey in the final pool clash, and scored ten points.
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She also recorded five turnovers, two steals (both against Nigeria in the opening match) and a single block shot. So far in Tenerife she has been on the court for a total of 67 minutes.
The Opals will face China in the quarter-final clash this Friday evening, tipping off at 11pm (AEST). All games World Cup games are aired on FOX Sports.
The gold medal will be determined early Monday morning.