Back in 2006 – with Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Belinda Snell and Erin Phillips during their resplendence – a Opals charged by a contest undefeated, eventually violence Russia in a biased bullion award playoff.
Quarter-final (2010) and semi-final (2014) appearances have followed as a United States reasserted their dominance, yet a lapse to a limit of universe basketball has proven elusive.
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Currently ranked fourth in a universe yet entrance off a unsatisfactory Olympic debate in Rio dual years ago, a Opals conduct to Seville in Spain for a 2018 universe championships, that start subsequent weekend, with a clever patrol and a ability to means some genuine problems.
THE DATES ….
Preliminary rounds are played Saturday, Sep 22, Sunday, Sep 23 and Tuesday, Sep 25. The quarterfinal qualifiers are on Wednesday, Sep 26 followed by a entertain finals on Friday, Sep 28. The semi-finals are Saturday, Sep 29 while a final is played on Sunday, Sep 30.
THE OPALS TEAM …
Jenna O’Hea (Melbourne), Sami Whitcombe (Seattle), Steph Talbot (Phoenix), Tess Madgen (Townsville), Liz Cambage (Dallas), Rebecca Allen (New York), Katie Rae Ebzery (Perth), Alanna Smith (Stanford University), Alex Bunton (Sydney), Ezi Magbegor (Melbourne), Cayla George (Dallas), Tessa Lavey (Dandenong).
Australia v Nigeria, 8.30pm (EST), Saturday, Sep 22
Australia v Argentina, 8pm (EST), Sunday, Sep 23
Australia v Turkey, 8.30pm (EST), Tuesday, Sep 25
If Australia finishes initial in their organisation afterwards they automatically validate for a entertain finals. Finish second or third and they contingency play a quarter-final qualifier. Finish fourth and they are automatically out.
THE WORLD RANKINGS …
USA 1, Spain 2, France 3, Australia 4, Canada 5, Czech Republic 6, Turkey 7, Serbia 8, Brazil 9, China 10. Selected others: Argentina 15, Nigeria 34
THE ASIAN QUALIFICATION ROUTE …
The Opals kick South Korea, a Philippines and Japan in their organisation games before thrashing North Korea in a buliding to automatically validate for Seville.
They afterwards kick South Korea – again – in a semi-finals before confronting off with Japan for a Asian title. The Opals yet – reduction several of their WNBA stars including Liz Cambage -
fell to a 74-73 improved – yet indeed had a possibility to win diversion when Belinda Snell missed a two-point jumper with one second left.
THE TOURNAMENT HISTORY ….
USA and a Soviet Union common a initial 11 titles between them from 1953 to 1994.
Brazil pennyless a corner 24 years ago when they kick China in a final in Sydney.
USA resumed normal use by winning 4 of subsequent 5 contest and were usually interrupted by Australia winning in Brazil in 2006.
USA are a fortifying champions carrying beaten Spain in a 2014 final in Turkey. Australia won a bronze after violence a hosts 74-44.
THE AUSSIE HISTORY …
Australia done a large mangle by on a universe theatre with a fourth fixation in a 1979. It was a place they filled again – this time on home dirt – in 1994.
Their initial award was a bronze in Germany in 1998. After violence Spain in a quarter-finals they fell to Russia in a final 4 usually to redeem themselves with an sparkling win over Brazil to take third.
Another bronze followed in China 4 years after before a many noted impulse in Aussie basketball story in Brazil in 2006.
A organisation featuring a likes of Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Belinda Snell, Laura Hodges and Erin Phillips kick Lithuania, Senegal and Canada in their organisation games before circumference out Spain in quarters. They afterwards kick Brazil in a semi-finals and afterwards likely of Russia – who had upstaged a US in a final 4 – in a final 91-74.
The pretension counterclaim in 2010 didn’t go according to devise as a Czech Republic knocked them out in a entertain finals.
But they constructed a most improved opening in Turkey 4 years ago – again holding bronze after a large win over a hosts.Read More →