June 22,2014(ISN) – Game 13: Big second half paces the Netherlands to victory


Bench scores 19 points to contribute to win

The Netherlands improved to 3-0 in round robin play of the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship on Sunday morning with a 71-32 victory over Mexico.

Mexico started off strong, staying with the powerful Dutch squad through the first half of play to start off Day 3, only trailing 37-21 after 20 minutes.

The second half would be a much different story, with the Netherlands silencing the first half Mexican offence while putting up points of their own.

“Lack of concentration, there was a lack of concentration,” Mexico’s Floralia Estrada said about her team’s second half. “The team that was into the game at the second quarter, it was a little bit down, it was basically a lack of concentration.”

The Netherlands showed their depth in this matchup, outscoring Mexico’s bench 19-2 throughout the game.

Both Inge Huitzing and Mariska Beijer had 18 points for the Netherlands to lead their offensive charge while Estrada was Mexico’s top scorer with 22 points.

Despite the loss, Estrada saw a lot of positives in her team’s play.

“This game in particular, we had a team more united, more communicative and that was the best,” Estrada said. “We are expecting for the next game to give a better performance, more of ourselves that we gave from the last games.”

Both teams continue their round robin play on Monday, with the Netherlands taking on the USA at 18:00 and Mexico taking on Australia at 15:00.

Game 14: Australia holds off strong France attack to win

France led for periods of the game

(Toronto, Ont.) — No. 2 ranked Australia held off a strong attack by No. 10 France and posted a 59-47 win at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Sunday morning.

The Day 3 contest saw France get off to the early lead making it 10-7 after 10 minutes.

Australia would readjust in the second quarter, going on an 11-3 run to stop the bleeding and put them in front by four at half time.

The game would remain close in the third quarter, with France not backing down, and after a nice layup held a 30-29 lead at 3:31 to force an Australian timeout.

The fourth quarter would be a true testament to the Australian’s bench as they pushed ahead to give their team the advantage. Australia’s bench finished the game with 40 points.

“I thought that we played a great game,” France’s head coach Pascal Montet, said. “We really needed that to reassure ourselves after yesterday’s games and to prove that we could play the stronger countries.”

Montet adds that his team just was physically exhausted come the end of the game.

“I think that physically it was difficult because Australia is a hard, strong team and our passes aren’t as hard because physically we don’t have as much energy but despite that I’m keeping very very positive after this game.”

Amber Merritt was brilliant for Australia with a team high 27 points and nine rebounds. Angelique Pichon had a team-high 25 points for France while Emilie Menard had a great game overall and posted 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Australia improves to 2-1 with the victory while the loss drops France to 1-2. Australia plays Mexico at 13:00 on Monday while France takes on Peru in Day 4s first game at 8:00.