U.S. tops Australia, reaches final
SHENZHEN, China -- Elena Delle Donne had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Skylar Diggins added 17 points to lead the United States to a 79-67 win Friday over Australia in the semifinals of the World University games.
The U.S. (5-0) will face Taiwan in the gold-medal game on Sunday. The Americans had cruised through their first four games winning by an average of 55 points. They had a tougher time against Australia.
The Americans led only 31-27 at the half. Diggins and Delle Donne hit back-to-back baskets to start the second half and helped increase the lead to 49-38 with 3:11 left in the third quarter.
Ahead by seven in the fourth, a 9-0 run put the game away.
Nicole Hunt scored 18 points to lead Australia (4-1).
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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