08/25/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/25/2019 03:46
Paita (New Caledonia) - Eight teams, more than a hundred players, took part in the Women's Division of the 2019 FIBA U17 Oceania Championship - all wanting to prove their worth, that they belong.
But at the close of the Oceania basketball conclave among 17-and-under aspirants, five players stood out among their peers, thus earning their spots in this prestigious FIBA U17 Oceania Championship All-Star Five for the Women's division:
Gemma Potter (Australia)
Australia Women's U17 squad capped off a clean sweep of the tournament and that was largely due to Potter's scoring outburst.
Through five games for the Sapphires which were all blowout victories, the 6'0 guard unleashed 15.0 points and dished 6.2 assists.
In the all-important 88-41 Finals win of Australia over nemesis New Zealand, Potter posted 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Kelsey Rees (Australia)
The 6'5 Rees was a force to be reckoned with down low for Australia, serving as one of the key factors in their dominating Oceania run.
Rees was also instrumental in the championship-clinching win of the Sapphires, hauling down an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double outing.
The 17-year old Rees was the only female player to come close of a double-double average this tournament, norming 13.2 markers and 9.0 rebounds on top of 1.6 assists.
Kate Deeble (Australia)
However, Australia could have not done this championship sweep if not for its facilitator Kate Deeble.
Though undersized at just 5'6, Deeble proved to be the most lethal piece for Australia as she was everywhere in all of their blowouts wins, tallying impressive norms of 11.6 markers, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Arielle Williams (New Zealand)
Arielle Williams may have settled for the Silver Medal anew against rival Australia but Williams surely became a bright spot for the squad.
The 5'10 guard put up 12.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists through five games for the Women Tall Blacks who still a took home commendable finish in this eight-team Oceania basketball showpiece.
Mahinea Tavanae (Tahiti)
At just 15 years of age, Tavanae was one of the youngest cagers in this FIBA U17 Oceania Championship.
But the 5'9 guard showed out for Tahiti, stamping her class over a competition dominated by mostly 16 and 17-year old aspirants and stealing the show from usual protagonists.
Tavanae posted all-around numbers of 10.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.5 assists through five games for Tahiti, none bigger than her 15-point, 6-rebound, 6-assist, 7-steal outing in their 62-56 Bronze Medal game win over Samoa.