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USA blasts past Australia 79-55 to reach Olympics semifinals

USA blasts past Australia 79-55 to reach Olympics semifinals

TV Schedule The U.S. had little trouble putting away the Australian Opals 79-55 in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Wednesday. The win marked 53 straight victories from the USA in Olympic competition dating from the1992 bronze medal…

Australian Opals earn comeback win over USA 70-67 in exhibition

Australian Opals earn comeback win over USA 70-67 in exhibition

The Australian Opals upset the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team 70-67 Friday afternoon in an exhibition matchup in Las Vegas. Both teams have tune-ups leading up to the Tokyo Games over the weekend. The U.S. entered the game after losing…

Australia selected to host the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

Australia selected to host the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

FIBA awarded the hosting rights for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 to Basketball Australia. The Russian Basketball Federation was the other finalist bidding for World Cup hosting honors. Basketball Australia also hosted the event in 1994. Between 1953…

USA earns third-straight FIBA World Cup gold with 73-56 victory over Australia

USA earns third-straight FIBA World Cup gold with 73-56 victory over Australia

Postgame Press Conference Additional Quotes || Final Standings SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, TENERIFE, SPAIN – “The World Championship, now the World Cup, is always the hardest one to win,” said veteran USA guard Diana Taurasi after her squad took down…

Australia tops Spain to reach FIBA World Cup gold medal game, will face USA

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, TENERIFE, SPAIN – Australia broke the hearts of the standing room only crowd of approximately 5,100 mostly Spanish fans who packed the Pabellon de Santiago Martin in San Cristobal de La Laguna, in Tenerife, Spain,…

USA to face Australia in World Cup gold medal game after beating Belgium, 93-77: “We are right on that doorstep, knocking”

USA to face Australia in World Cup gold medal game after beating Belgium, 93-77: “We are right on that doorstep, knocking”

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, TENERIFE, SPAIN – “We are right on that doorstep, knocking,” Team USA women’s basketball captain Sue Bird said of the Americans’ goal of winning an historic third consecutive world championship. Her comments came after the…

Australian Opals Team for the FIBA Women’s World Cup announced

Australian Opals Team for the FIBA Women’s World Cup announced

Basketball Australia named the Australian Opals squad for the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup. The competition is set for Septmeber 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain. Five players from Australia’s Rio Olympic team return including current WNBA teammates for the Dallas Wings,…

Australia’s World University Games Team includes six NCAA athletes and two participants in Opals camp

Australia’s World University Games Team includes six NCAA athletes and two participants in Opals camp

The Emerging Opals, Australia’s team for the upcoming 2017 World University Games, includes six players from NCAA programs. The full roster: Keely Froling (University of Canberra) Darcee Garbin (James Cook University) Megan McKay (Saint Mary’s) Vanessa Panousis (Virginia Tech) Lauren…

Mercury’s Sandy Brondello named head coach of Australian women’s national team

Mercury’s Sandy Brondello named head coach of Australian women’s national team

Basketball Australia appointed Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello to lead the Australian Opals. As a former Opal, Brondello won three straight Olympic medals with the Australian women’s national team. “I am very honored to be selected for the role of Opals…

Australian basketball legend and former WNBA star Michele Timms inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame

Australian basketball legend and former WNBA star Michele Timms inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame

Former Australian Opals star, three-time Olympian and Phoenix Mercury original Michele Timms was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2016 on August 27 at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland. During her career, Timms was a…

#Rio2016: Rankings, Notes and Statistics of Teams Ousted Before the Semifinals

#Rio2016: Rankings, Notes and Statistics of Teams Ousted Before the Semifinals

Final Standings of Teams Ousted Before the Semifinals1 Ousted In Quarterfinals 5. Australia (5-1) Group A, lost to Serbia 6. Turkey (3-3) Group A, lost to Spain 7. Canada (3-3) Group B, lost to France 8. Japan (2-4) Group A,…

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 7 Notes: USA  moves to 4-0, Canada suffers first loss

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 7 Notes: USA moves to 4-0, Canada suffers first loss

By Cheryl Coward and Lee Michaelson Box score || USA Quotes || Canada Quotes ||  Full Schedule and Group Standings RIO DE JANEIRO – The U.S. continued its march towards the medal round of the Rio Games with yet another rout,…

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 5 Notes: USA and Canada move to 3-0 ahead of Friday matchup, Spain holds off China

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 5 Notes: USA and Canada move to 3-0 ahead of Friday matchup, Spain holds off China

By Cheryl Coward and Lee Michaelson Full Schedule and Group Standings Group B – Spain 89, China 68 Box Score RIO DE JANEIRO – Spain recovered from rout on Monday against the United States to beat China Wednesday afternoon, 71-67. The…

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 4 Notes: Penny Taylor leads Australia as Opals stay undefeated

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 4 Notes: Penny Taylor leads Australia as Opals stay undefeated

By Cheryl Coward and Lee Michaelson Full Schedule and Group Standings Group A – Australia 89, France 71 Box Score RIO DE JANEIRO – The Australian Opals became the first team to move to 3-0 after defeating France 89-71 on the…

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 3 Notes: USA hits 100 again

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 3 Notes: USA hits 100 again

By Cheryl Coward and Lee Michaelson Full Schedule and Group Standings USA 103, Spain 63 || Game Quotes || Photo Gallery RIO DE JANEIRO – The USA followed up its record-breaking performance on Sunday against Senegal with another 100-point plus outing Monday…

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 2 Notes: USA sets records; Spain, Australia and France fight for wins

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 2 Notes: USA sets records; Spain, Australia and France fight for wins

By Cheryl Coward and Lee Michaelson Full Schedule and Group Standings USA 121, Senegal 56 || Game Quotes || Photo Gallery RIO DE JANEIRO –  With a record-setting performance, the USA began its quest for a sixth consecutive gold medal…

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 1 Notes: France, Canada, Australia, Japan open with wins

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Group Phase Day 1 Notes: France, Canada, Australia, Japan open with wins

By Cheryl Coward and Lee Michaelson Full Schedule and Group Standings || Saturday’s Top Performers France 55, Turkey 39 RIO DE JANEIRO – Even without starting point guard Céline Dumerc, France delivered a decisive victory over Turkey in the first…

2016 Rio Olympic Games Women’s Basketball Competition Groups and Schedule

2016 Rio Olympic Games Women’s Basketball Competition Groups and Schedule

Groups Group A W-L Australia2 5-1 France 4-2 Turkey2 3-3 Japan2 3-3 Belarus1 1-4 Brazil1 0-5 Group B W-L USA 6-0 Spain 5-1 Canada2 3-3 Serbia 3-3 China1 1-4 Senegal1 0-5 Expanded Group Standings 1Failed to qualify for quarterfinals (knockout…

NBA TV to televise four USA Women’s National Team exhibition games prior to Rio

NBA TV will televise four women’s USA Basketball exhibition games beginning Friday, July 22, at 10 p.m. ET when the USA Women’s National Team takes on the USA Basketball Women’s Select Team. Vince Cellini (play-by-play) will be joined by four-time gold…

Australia announces 2016 Olympic women’s basketball team

The Australian Women’s Olympic basketball team that will compete for gold at the 2016 Rio Games was announced today. The squad includes three members from the London 2012 team (Laura Hodges, Elizabeth Cambage and Rachel Jarry) that won bronze. Erin…

Dishin & Swishin 4/07/16 Podcast: A legend all over the world, Lauren Jackson looks back and looks forward

Dishin & Swishin 4/07/16 Podcast: A legend all over the world, Lauren Jackson looks back and looks forward

[display_podcast] Click here to subscribe to the podcast with your feed reader or podcast app: j.mp/dishinpodcast. Available on iTunes, Google Play Music Podcasts, Player FM, Acast (iOS, Android) and Podcast Addict (Android). In her prime Lauren Jackson was considered to be the best player in the world.…

Australian Opals announce 27-player pool for Rio Games training camps

The Australian Opals announced the list of 27 players who will participate in Olympic training camps this spring and summer. Marianna Tolo returns to the Opals after suffering a knee injury in the 2015 WNBA season. Liz Cambage returns after…

WNBL: Melbourne Boomers ownership group puts team on the market

The ownership group of the WNBL’s Melbourne Boomers, the  Bulleen-Templestowe Basketball Club (BTBC), plans to sell the team’s franchise license before the 2016-17 WNBL season. “The Deakin Melbourne Boomers is now a large operation and it’s time to consider the…

Australian Opals headed to Rio after sweep of New Zealand in FIBA Oceania Championship

From Basketball Australia: Veterans Suzy Batkovic and Laura Hodges helped the Australian Opals to an 80-63 victory in Game 2 of the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship and qualify Australia for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Eleven Opals players hit the scoreboard…