THE Australian Gliders will meet Algeria on Tuesday in the playoff for ninth and 10th at the Tokyo Paralympics.
It comes after Australia's national women's wheelchair basketball team ended the qualifying rounds with a 0-4 record following a 76-37 loss to Canada on Sunday night.
Amber Merritt continued her outstanding Paralympics form to lead the Gliders with 21 points, six rebounds and five steals.
Merritt was the lone Australian to score double figures, with Sarah Vinci the next best with eight points.
Bendigo's Bree Mellberg, who is making her Paralympics debut, had one rebound and one blocked shot in 6.35 minutes of court time.
Despite trailing 39-25 at half-time, Gliders coach Craig Friday said he was pleased with his team's 'effort and execution' in the first two quarters.
"Our second half we let ourselves down by not revisiting the standards we had set in first," he said.
"That is the story of the week for our Gliders squad unfortunately, we have been inconsistent.
"This has been great exposure for our young developing but inexperienced group.
"We played some okay basketball at times, but the reality is we have a long way to go to be competitive on the international stage at these big events."
"We need to continue to work hard here and finish off strong against Algeria in a few days time, and leave Tokyo on a positive note for the young athletes."
Algeria is coming into the match off the back of a 62-21 loss to the United States and with a similar 0-4 record as the Australians.
The Gliders match against Algeria will be played at 10am (AEST).
Gliders qualifying round results: lost to Japan 73-47; lost to Germany 77-58; lost to Great Britain 75-38; lost to Canada 76-37.
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