Griffin Helps Australia Advance to Semifinals
Former Nebraska women's basketball All-American Kelsey Griffin produced nine points, six rebounds and two steals to help the Australian National Team roll to an 81-48 victory over North Korea and advance to the semifinals of the Asia Cup in Bangalore, India, on Thursday.
Griffin, a 6-2 forward from Eagle River, Alaska, made her third consecutive start for the Opals, hitting 3-of-4 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 free throws. She added a pair of steals and an assist to go along with her nine points and six rebounds in less than 14 minutes of action in the victory. Griffin, who was a consensus first-team All-American and Nebraska's first Senior CLASS Award winner as a Husker senior in 2010, is averaging 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just under 18 minutes per game while shooting 63.3 percent from the field in her first appearance with the Australian National Team.
The Australians, who won their fourth consecutive game in the tournament and earned one of four automatic qualifying spots into the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain with the victory, were never threatened by the North Koreans. Australia hit just 42 percent of its shots from the field, including 36 percent (9-25) of its three-point tries, but dominated the boards, 50-22.
Australia will take on South Korea on Friday. Bronze and gold medal games will be held on Saturday.
Australian National Team
2017 Asia Cup
Bangalore, India, July 23-29
July 23: Australia 78, South Korea 54
July 24: Australia 107, Philippines 65
July 25: Australia 83, Japan 74
July 27: Quarterfinals: Australia 81, North Korea 48
July 28: Semifinals: Australia 81, South Korea 64
July 29: Bronze and Gold medal games