Newcastle’s Isabel Palmer and the Australian Gems have claimed bronze at the FIBA Under 18 Women’s Asian Championships, exacting revenge on Korea with a 75-58 victory after their rivals downed them in the group stage by a single point.
While it was Miela Goodchild (21 points) and Agnes Emma-Npopu (17 points, 17 rebounds) that led the way for the Gems in their bronze victory, Hunter product Palmer had an outstanding final game in the tournament.
The young star played just under 30 minutes in the closing match for Australia, collecting 9 points from 2 field goals and five converted free throws, as well as collecting a crucial defensive rebounds and two turnovers. She also added four assists.
The Under 18 Championship campaign in India also earned Australia another major victory – the team will be competing in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup after defeating New Zealand 82-66 in the quarter-finals of the competition.
The semi-final berth against Japan – a match they would go on to unfortunately lose – punched their ticket to the massive world tournament, and will write the Asian Championship competition as a success in the history books for the girls in green and gold.
The junior World Cup will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from July 20 to 28, 2019.