Future Husker Isabelle Bourne led Australia with 11 points, as the Gems powered past Colombia 62-53 in the Round of 16 at the FIBA Women’s Basketball U19 World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday.
Bourne, a 6-2 forward from Canberra, Australia, hit 5-of-8 shots from the field and knocked down her only free throw attempt while playing nearly 20 minutes in the contest against Colombia. Bourne added four rebounds and an assist in an outstanding all-around effort for the Gems.
Through four games at the U19 World Cup, Bourne is averaging 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist. She is Australia’s second-leading scorer through four tournament games.
Bourne’s performance in the win over Colombia helped Australia advance to the quarterfinals to take on Mali, which used a stifling defense to run past previously unbeaten Latvia, 67-34, in Wednesday’s first game. The game between Australia and Mali is set to tip on Friday at midnight (CT).
In the bottom half of Australia’s eight-team bracket, China rolled to a 71-28 win over Mozambique, while Spain worked its way to a 60-51 win over Korea. China and Spain will clash following Australia’s game with Mali on Friday.
The lower portion of the 16-team bracket featured an 82-50 win by Canada over Argentina and a 79-61 victory by USA Basketball over Germany to set up a quarterfinal showdown between Canada and the United States. Belgium cruised to an 88-47 win over Thailand, while Japan filled out the eight teams in the quarterfinals with a 76-68 win over Hungary.