Olympic Women’s Basketball Pushes Through Semi-Finals

Updated: August 10, 2012

LONDON – The women’s basketball event at the 2012 London Olympic Games now proceeds to the next level, with Australia, USA, Russia and France progressing to the semi-finals.

Australia qualified for the next round by beating China 75-60. Liz Cambage, the frontrunner of the Australian team, scored 17 points.

The Opals led in the first quarter versus the Chinese team 22-16. They trailed in the second quarter 35-36 but soon regained the lead on the third quarter and advanced towards victory.

Four-time Olympian Lauren Jackson scored 12 points, which enabled her to surpass Brazilian star Janeth Arcain’s record to become the all-time Olympic record-holder with a total of 536 points.

Australia’s next opponent will be tough rivals USA, who are keen on winning their fifth straight Olympic gold medal.

Team USA posted their 39th straight victory in the Olympics against North American neighbour Canada in a 91-48 demolition.

Russia secured qualification by defeating Turkey in a dramatic 66-63 showdown. Turkish point guard Birsel Vardarli failed to score on her three-point attempt done on the game’s last second.

Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Russia scored a wide 12-point lead on the early parts of the game. The fourth quarter proved tense as Turkey tied 63-63. The Russians eventually broke the tie via free throws.

France will face the Russian team in the semi-finals. The French squad defeated the Czech Republic in a close 71-68 fight.

The Czechs were leading for the most part of the game, with France lagging behind 13 points. Things turned around as the French grabbed the lead in the fourth quarter. Top scorers from the French side include Celine Dumerc with 23 and Endine Miyem with 14.

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Olympic Women’s Basketball Pushes Through Semi-Finals
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