Mills top scorer as Australia Gold take Worlds victory

A group of female basketball players with intellectual impairments

Credit: Australian Pearls

Australia Gold claimed the women’s title at the 2017 International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) World Basketball Championships on Saturday (25 November) as Eliza Mills was named best female player and top scorer across the tournament in Loano, Italy.

The Golds played their compatriots Australia Green in the final. Both teams dominated the women’s 3×3 competition, the first time the format has been played at a World Championships.

The Greens opened the scoring with two baskets but were eventually overcome by their opponents. Jess McCulloch led the scoring for the silver medallists with four points.

Meanwhile all five players bagged points for the Golds, with Kaitlyn Papworth the top scorer with five points.

Mills claimed the overall top scorer accolade with 27 points from five games.

In the men’s 5×5 France claimed the title over 2013 world champions Portugal with a 66-31 win.

Australia were third, beating Poland 88-52. Jake De La Motte was the top scorer for the bronze medallists, netting 111 points over the Championships.

The 2017 World Intellectual Impairment Sport World Basketball Championships featured men’s and women’s teams from six countries – Australia, France, Poland, Portugal, Egypt and Japan.