Opals denied by late China run

Friday June 21, 2013 by  

The Australian Opals have gone down in a nail-biting 65-61 loss to China in Game Two of their three-game series overnight.

Coming off an encouraging series-opening performance against the full-strength China team, the Opals got off to a fast start and led by five points heading into the final quarter.

A free throw discrepancy of 22-5 eventually wore on the visitors as the hosts got to the line late on to secure the victory and take a 2-0 series lead. Read more

Opals edged out in thriller against China

Wednesday June 19, 2013 by  

The Australian Opals almost made the perfect start to the Brendan Joyce era, going down 69-64 in a thrilling opener of their three-game series against China in Shanxi.

In the first game in charge for recently-appointed Opals Head Coach Joyce, the team featuring debutants Sara Blicavs, Natalie Burton and Kelly Wilson took it to hosts, falling just short of claiming Game One honours.

Co-Captains Belinda Snell and Jenni Screen led from the front for the Opals, with Snell scoring a game-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds, while Screen had 10 points and eight rebounds. Read more

Olympians headline Opals squad for China tour

Tuesday June 11, 2013 by  

2012 London Olympians Jenni Screen and Belinda Snell headline the Australian Opals squad named for the upcoming three-game tour of China later this month.

Newly-appointed Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce has named a team brimming with international experience and exciting young talent as he begins the journey to the 2014 FIBA Women’s World Championship in Turkey.

Arguably the most exciting addition to the team is the elevation of Sara Blicavs to the senior squad for the first time. Read more

Batkovic claims back-to-back WNBL MVP

Sunday March 24, 2013 by  

Adelaide Lightning star Suzy Batkovic has capped off another outstanding season, winning the Women’s National Basketball League Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive season at the 2013 iiNet Basketball Australia MVP tonight.

It was another eye-catching campaign for the three-time Olympian, returning from the 2012 London Olympic Games with a bronze medal and continuing the form that saw her claim the WNBL’s highest individual honour in 2011/12.

The Opals veteran was again dominant in the major statistical categories, leading the competition in points (21.3 per game), rebounds (9.8) and blocks (2.6) as her Adelaide team reached the WNBL finals for the second consecutive season. Read more

Jackson to postpone WNBL return

Thursday November 8, 2012 by  

Basketball Australia today confirmed Opals star Lauren Jackson will indefinitely postpone her return to the Women’s National Basketball League pending further medical assessment.

Since returning to Australia last month, Lauren has undergone treatment for a chronic hamstring injury, which she acquired in June while playing with the Australian national team.

Lauren has returned to the Canberra Capitals practice environment, while also undergoing intensive rehabilitation for her injury – including an injection to relieve nerve pain, shooting sessions and on-court training. Read more

Bronzed Opals amongst World’s best again

Sunday August 12, 2012 by  

The Australian women’s basketball team, the Opals, have won a medal at their fifth consecutive Olympic Games after defeating Russia to clinch Bronze in London with an 83-74 victory overnight.

Australia had to survive a late rally from the Russians that saw the Europeans charge from 15 points behind early in the final period to close with five points within 1:20 to play.

Fittingly, retiring guard Kristi Harrower sealed the game for the Australians by making 5-of-6 freethrows down the stretch to close out the victory, and was chaired from the court by her teammates after her final appearance for Australia. Read more

Aussie Women ready for Bronze Battle

Friday August 10, 2012 by  

The Australian women’s team will play-off for Bronze in London after a narrow 86-73 loss to the USA in their Semi Final in the early hours of this morning.

A gallant Aussie squad pushed the reigning Gold Medallists all the way, shocking the favourites to lead at half time, but were overrun late by their star-studded opponents.

Lauren Jackson was again a standout with 14 points and 17 rebounds, while young gun Liz Cambage finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds in the 13-point defeat. Read more

Jackson’s flag honour welcomed

Friday July 27, 2012 by  

Basketball Australia has welcomed today’s announcement that women’s basketball superstar Lauren Jackson has been selected to carry the Australian flag at the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Jackson was named as the flag bearer by Nick Green, the Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team, earlier today.

She will become the second basketballer to receive the ultimate Australian sporting honour in the past four Games, following in the footsteps of Boomers legend Andrew Gaze who carried the flag into the stadium for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Read more

WNBL tips-off October 5

Tuesday July 24, 2012 by  

The 2012/13 Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) season will tip-off on October 5 this year, with a rematch of last season’s Grand Final between the Dandenong Rangers and Bulleen Boomers featured on Opening Night.

Basketball Australia released the full 2012/13 WNBL schedule today, with all nine teams playing 24 home-and-away games during the regular season.

Opening Night features the Rangers hosting Bulleen at the Dandenong Basketball Centre in a rematch of the title game last season, when Dandenong beat Bulleen 94-70 to claim the WNBL title. Read more

Opals lose final warm-up game to France

Monday July 23, 2012 by  

The Opals have gone down to France in a narrow defeat under difficult circumstances earlier this morning, losing 64-58 in France in their final warm-up game ahead of London.

Belinda Snell was again the top-scorer for the Aussies with 14 points while Liz Cambage and Abby Bishop both finished with nine points each.

For France, Isabelle Yacoupou top-scored with 14 points, while Sandrine Gruda chipped in with 12 points. Read more