Updated at 9:29 a.m., Friday, August 17, 2007
UH senior wins gold at World University Games
By DENNIS PASSA
AP Sports Writer
Smith, a Western Athletic Conference first-team pick last season, had one point, one rebound, one assist and a block in the win as the Aussies won five in a row to take the title.
"We played our best game of the tournament when it mattered," said Australia coach Carrie Graf, who coached the WNBA Phoenix Mercury in 2004. "We proved that we were typical of an Aussie team. We played great defense and were relentlessly persistent."
Sam Richards, a member of the Australian Olympic team, scored a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Guard Jess Foley, who played at Duke, added 21 points and point guard Nat Hurst 15.
Australia jumped out to a 28-13 lead in the first quarter and led 47-30 at halftime. Poland defeated the Czech Republic, 84-79, for bronze.
Chinese Taipei beat the U.S. women's team 71-62 to take fifth place. Tsai Pei-chen led Chinese Taipei with 16 while Danielle Burgin had 18 for the Americans, represented by the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Former UH player Alfred Reft will have a shot at the bronze in men's volleyball tomorrow as the U.S. faces Italy for third place. Reft is the starting libero for the U.S. squad.