TAIPEI, Taiwan – Baylor women’s basketball senior Kristy Wallace opened 2017 World University Games action with Australia’s Emerging Opals Monday morning inside Hsinchu Municipal Gymnasium. Wallace, who started at guard, finished with five points, two rebounds and four assists to help Australia win 78-71 over Lithuania.
Australia trailed in the first quarter but fought back to outscore Lithuania 26-16 in the second.
The Emerging Opals led from there. Australia dominated inside, outscoring Lithuania, 44-26, holding the rebounding edge, 44-30, and netting 18 second chance points. Turnovers, however, were a problem for Australia as Lithuania scored 19 points off 21 errs.
Australia continues pool play in Group D against Argentina on Aug. 22, at 4:30 a.m. (CT) and is also scheduled to meet Russia at 11:30 p.m. (CT) on Aug. 22. Quarterfinals, semifinals and grand final action will follow on Aug. 25-28. Matchups will be determined by pool play results.