Kalani Brown and Kristy Wallace will return to Waco with some new hardware. The pair of Lady Bears competed in the U24 Four Nations Play — Brown for the USA U23 Women’s National Team and Wallace for the Australian U23 Women’s National Team. USA won gold (3-0), while Australia took the silver (2-1).
Brown recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench to guide the USA to gold with a 103-71 victory over Japan (1-2) on Tuesday morning. She finished with a team-high .750 field goal percentage (9-12 FG) through all three games, while averaging 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest.
“It’s been awesome, having the opportunity to work with the best of the best in our college game,” said Jeff Walz, USA U23 and University of Louisville head coach, in a statement. “I told the team after the game, as impressive as they were on the floor playing, was half as impressive as they were off the court. They are great young women. They are great ambassadors for our game, and I’m excited to watch not just my team play this coming season, but these young ladies’ teams, because college basketball is in good hands with this group.”
Wallace helped the Aussies record a 79-52 win over Canada (0-3) to close out tournament action on Tuesday morning. The guard finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists in the contest. Starting for Australia in all three contests, Wallace averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.3 assists per game.
Wallace remains overseas following the U24 Four Nations Tournament to compete with Australia’s Emerging Opals at the 2017 World University Games in Chinese Taipei.
Australia drew into Group D and will face Lithuania at 7 a.m. (CT) on Aug. 21, Argentina at 4:30 a.m. (CT) on Aug. 22 and Russia at 11:30 p.m. (CT) on Aug. 22 in pool play. Quarterfinals, semifinals and grand final action follow from Aug. 25-28.