Breaking onto the World Basketball scene at the 1957 Brazil FIBA World Championships, Australia’s National Women’s Basketball team- the Opals- have been at the forefront of Australia’s success on the international basketball scene. Currently holding a #3 world ranking, the Opals have worked their way to a medal at five of their 10 Olympic Games.
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The Australian Opals produced one of their most famous wins in Olympic history on Monday night as they advanced to the quarter finals of the Tokyo Olympics. The Opals, winless after two pool games, needed to beat Puerto Rico by 25 points to advance to the next round and, after trailing at quarter time, produced one of the great comebacks to win by 27 points, 96-69.
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Two late changes have been made to the Opals team for the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup, tipping off on Monday the 27th of September in Amman, Jordan. Bec Allen and Maddi Rocci have been replaced by U19 Gems Captain Jade Melbourne and recent WNBL Adelaide Lightning addition, Abigail Wehrung. Allen has forfeited her position in the Opals team due to her commitments to both the WNBA and European leagues, with New York Liberty progressing through to the playoffs.
August 20, 2021. Back to news. Share this article. Basketball Australia (BA) today announced their squad of 21 players for the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup to be held in Amman, Jordan next month. Australia will head into the event with a FIBA #3 world ranking following their performance at the Olympics in Tokyo. Of the 21 players, fifteen will make their debut as an Opal which demonstrates the depth of talent coming through.
Australian Opals fight back with spirit to win a quarter-finals spot AOC 02 Aug 2021 BASKETBALL: The Australian Opals have staged one of their greatest comebacks in Olympic history, downing Puerto Rico by 26 points to secure a quarter-final berth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game.
The Australian Opals finally secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics with just 28 seconds to play against Puerto Rico on Monday night.
The Australian Opals fell to Belgium 85-70 in their Olympic opener in Saitama. Former WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman put on an offensive clinic in the second half, leading Belgium with 32 points ...
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