TAIPEI, Taiwan – Baylor women’s basketball guard Kristy Wallace and the Emerging Opals advanced to the 2017 World University Games final, edging Chinese Taipei, 79-74, early Saturday morning inside Taipei Arena.
It was a tightly contested matchup, as Australia and Chinese Taipei battled through 10 lead changes and 12 ties. Neither team led by more than seven at any point in the contest. The Emerging Opals overcame a four-point half-time deficit to pull ahead, 54-53, heading to the fourth quarter, in which they outscored their opponent, 25-21, to claim the victory. Australia was dominant in the paint, netting 58 to Chinese Taipei’s 32 and securing 18 second change points.
Wallace, who has started all five games for the Emerging Opals, contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist in the victory. She’s averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 steals per contest at the 2017 World University Games.
The Emerging Opals will meet Japan in the gold medal game on Monday, Aug. 28. Tipoff is set for 7 a.m. (CT).
Wallace has secured one medal with Australia in the past, securing bronze at the 2016 U19 Women’s World Championship in Chekhov, Russia. She averaged 10.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists over seven games for the Gems in that tournament.
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