Bourne Helps Australia to World Cup Final
Future Husker Isabelle Bourne produced five points, nine rebounds and three assists to help Australia advance to the FIBA Women's Basketball U19 World Cup Championship Game with a 64-55 win over Spain in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.
Bourne, a 6-2 forward from Canberra, Australia, scored all five of her points in the final minute of the first half to help Australia outscore Spain 25-10 in the second quarter. Australia's second-quarter explosion was crucial in rallying from a 15-8 first-quarter deficit. Bourne hit just 2-of-9 shots from the field, but did knock down a three-pointer to help the No. 7 Gems advance to Sunday's gold medal game against USA Basketball. The United States battled its way to a 67-59 victory over Belgium in Saturday's second game.
Sunday's game between Australia and the United States will tip at 7:20 a.m. (CT) with live coverage on ESPN+.
Through six FIBA U19 World Cup games, Bourne is averaging 9.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.0 minutes per game for Australia. She has helped the Gems to a 5-1 record in the tournament.