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

Opals survive scare against Brazil

Sunday July 22, 2012 by  

The Australian Opals have survived a tough test against Brazil overnight in France to secure a narrow 78-75 win, keeping their unbeaten pre-Olympic record alive.

Belinda Snell was sensational for the Aussies and showed why she could be a critical component in the team’s London campaign, dropping 28 points to lead all scorers, including an impressive 8 of 12 from down town. Liz Cambage finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 8 of 9 from the field.

The two teams met only recently in the Farewell Series in Melbourne and the Opals were dominant in that series, a trend that looked to be continuing early in this contest, with the Aussies dominating the first term, streaking out to a 25-9 lead at the end of the first. Read more

Opals dominate China, focus now on London

Saturday July 21, 2012 by  

The Australian Opals women’s basketball team have continued to show their dominance in the build-up to the London Games, handing China a 31-point drubbing as they grow in confidence with less than a week to go till the London Games.

Lauren Jackson top-scored with 17 points including a perfect 8/8 from the line, while Belinda Snell continued her fine shooting form, finishing with 16 points.

In what was a fantastic team effort, the Opals thumped China over the first three quarters to streak away to the 84-53 win, one that was set-up in the first term, China managing only five points under the immense pressure of the Opals, who dropped 23 points of their own for the term. Read more

Opals beat Angola to seal Sheffield tournament

Monday July 16, 2012 by  

The Australian Opals have defeated Angola in a dominant display overnight, running away with a big 70-46 win to claim the Sheffield International Invitational Tournament with a 3-0 record in the UK.

Liz Cambage top-scored for the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 8-10 from the floor, while Abby Bishop chipped in with 15 points. For Angola, Nacissela Mauritsio was best with 16 points.

The Aussies dominated the glass, winning the count 48-29. They were exceptional from the charity stripe also, connecting on 18-21 attempts (86 per cent), with their opponent making just 7-12 (58 per cent). Read more

Opals record convincing win over Great Britain

Sunday July 15, 2012 by  

Australia’s women’s Basketball team, the Opals, have backed up after a tough win over France yesterday to run away with a big 24-point win over the Tom Maher-led Great Britain this morning, sealing the convincing win, 87-63.

Liz Cambage is proving a handful for opponents, again top-scoring with 29 points against her former coach at the Bulleen Boomers. Belinda Snell was again impressive with 16 points, while Jenna O’Hea returned after a heavy knock against the French to deliver 13 points.

For the Brits, Jo Leedham finished with 12 points while Azania Stewart added 10 points for the home side. Read more

Opals continue top form with French win

Saturday July 14, 2012 by  

The Australian Opals have beaten France in the first game of the Standard Life Invitational Challenge in Sheffield, and their first match-up after arriving in Europe, taking the win 69-59.

Despite still recovering from their extended travel schedule, the Opals showed great energy early, getting out on the break and turning this contest into a running game. France seemed flustered early, as the Aussie intensity on defense and out in the open floor saw them take the early lead.

Cambage was a real focus for the Opals in the paint, as the team executed their offensive sets well and were able to find the 203cm centre under the basket on a number of plays. The Aussies took a 21-11 lead into the first break, Sandrine Gruda the only scoring threat for France in the first. Read more

Opals complete series sweep over Brazil

Thursday June 28, 2012 by  

The Australian Opals have cruised to a mammoth 44-point victory and have thus sealed the Farewell Series sweep in Game Three against Brazil, crushing the visitors in an awe-inspiring display, 102-58.

The visitors threw everything at the Aussies, and altered their game plan throughout the game in search of any weaknesses in the Opals artillery. They couldn’t find any, the Aussies countering at every opportunity and extending at every change.

They Opals smashed Brazil on the glass, reeling in 48 rebounds to just 16 for the visitors, a sign of their size and strength on the block, something that will certainly be a considerable asset come London. Read more

Opals hand Brazil second straight defeat

Tuesday June 26, 2012 by  

The Australian Opals have registered their second straight win against Brazil in the Farewell Series from Bendigo Stadium on Tuesday night, outclassing the visitors for two and a half quarters before a late fight-back from the Brazilians seeing the Aussies hang on to an 80-73 win.

For the Opals, Lauren Jackson finished with 15 points in just 17 minutes of floor time, while Belinda Snell also registered 15 points.

For Brazil, Damiris Do Amaral led all scorers with 16 points, while Karla Da Costa added 14 points for the contest. Read more

Opals run away with farewell series opener

Sunday June 24, 2012 by  

The Australian Opals have turned a six-point first-half deficit into a big 21 point win against Brazil in the opening clash of The Farewell Series in Melbourne this afternoon, running away with the 85-64 victory.

For the Opals, Liz Cambage led all scorers with 18 points, while Abby Bishop finished with 17 points for the Aussies.

For the Brazilians, Iziane Marques finished with 26 points to lead all scorers for the game. Damiris Do Amaral added 13 points. Read more

Keneally named new Basketball Australia CEO

Saturday June 23, 2012 by  

Basketball Australia today announced former New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally will be appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective August 3.

Ms Keneally, the current Member for Heffron, is resigning from NSW Parliament in order to take up the position.

BA Board member Justin Milne will immediately assume the role of Chair of the BA Board until a new Chair is appointed. Read more