The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals sail through first game in Malaysia

The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals have sailed through their first game of the FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Malaysia last night defeating Chinese Taipei by 33 points.

The Opals began the night with a strong start, Liz Cambage dropping six straight points to get them to a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

They then continued to build on this margin during the next two quarters, creating a 39-point lead at the third break.

Despite Chinese Taipei fighting back in the final term, the Opals were able to stay at the forefront of the game, with the final siren securing their 31-point win.

Looking at the statistics, the Opals were dominant in all categories, including 50 to 25 rebounds and seven to nil steals.

Cayla George was named the top performer of the night with 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

Liz Cambage was also strong, collecting 16 points, the highest number of points for a player during the game.

Jenna O’Hea, the Opals captain, said it felt great to be back in the green and gold.

“It was good to get a win first up against Chinese Taipei,” O’Hea said of last night’s game.

“There were some really positive signs, but we’ll work on some different things at training today in prep for India tomorrow and we’re so thankful for all the support back home from everyone.”

The Australian Opals will have a break today before they head back on court to play India tomorrow night at 8pm (AEDT).

Sunday night they play in their third and final game of the tournament against Japan at 9pm (AEDT).

The remaining two games will be broadcast via livestream on Basketball Australia’s Facebook page or on FIBA’s YouTube channel.

You can also keep up to date with all Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament details and statistics via the FIBA’s tournament page here.

SCORES:

  Q1 Q2 Q3 FULL TIME
AUS 26 48 72 84
TPE 9 22 33 51

TOP PERFORMERS:

CAYLA GEORGE – 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists

LIZ CAMBAGE – 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist

STEPH TALBOT – 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

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Chemist Warehouse Opals Travel to Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals have begun their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, travelling to Kuala Lumpur for the FIBA Women’s Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The team travel to Malaysia to compete in the Asia-Oceania region of the new qualification system and will play off in three games over four days.

Eight countries will be competing in the Asia-Oceania tournament and will be playing for one of four spots at the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in February next year.

In the group B draw, the Opals will face Chinese Taipei, India and Japan and will need to finish in the top two of the group to qualify.

Having finished third at the FIBA Asia Cup in September, Head Coach Sandy Brondello said the team’s time in Kuala Lumpur will allow the coaches to further evaluate the squad ahead of the second Olympic qualifying tournament in February.

“The recent Asia Cup showed us areas that we need to be better at and these upcoming games will give us valuable training and game experience so that we can continue to improve our team chemistry and execution,” said Brondello.

Rebecca Allen will be an integral part of the side competing in Malaysia, having had a dominant display at the FIBA Asia Cup (earning her an All Star 5 selection). She was named as the top performer on three occasions including the bronze medal winning defeat over Korea where she collected 20 points and seven rebounds.

The side will also be bolstered by the return of Liz Cambage and Marianna Tolo who missed the Asia Cup due to WNBA commitments and injury.

The three games will be broadcast via live stream on FIBA’s YouTube channel at the following times (AEDT):

DATE LIVE STREAM TIME (AEDT) GAME VENUE LOCATION
14 November 20:00 Australia v Chinese Taipei MABA Stadium Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
16 November 20:00 India v Australia MABA Stadium Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17 November 21:00 Japan v Australia MABA Stadium Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals:

NAME CURRENT TEAM
Rebecca Allen Arka Gdynia Poland / New York Liberty
Elizabeth Cambage China / Las Vegas Aces
Katie-Rae Ebzery Perth Lynx
Darcee Garbin JCU Townsville Fire
Cayla George Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Tess Lavey Bendigo Spirit
Tess Madgen JCU Townsville Fire
Ezi Magbedor Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Leilani Mitchell Jayco Southside Flyers
Jenna O’Hea Jayco Southside Flyers
Steph Talbot Adelaide Lightning
Marianna Tolo University of Canberra Capitals