Opals one step closer to Olympics
AUSTRALIA has progressed to next year’s Olympic qualifying tournament after demolishing India 114-29 in their prequalifying match in Malaysia.
Needing a top-two finish in their group to advance to the final stage of qualification, the Opals followed up Thursday’s 33-point win over Taiwan by making light work of India on Saturday night.
Japan joined Australia with a 2-0 record after their 83-57 win over Taiwan and the two unbeaten teams played last night to determine the winner of Group B.
While Japan are already guaranteed to take part in the Olympic tournament as the host nation, a win would see the Opals earn a higher seeding for the final round of qualifiers.
Australia will also be aiming to get one over their fierce rivals following Japan’s success against the Opals in the 2017 and 2019 Asia Cup finals.
Liz Cambage was rested from Saturday’s clash, with coach Sandy Brondello making sure her star centre would be fit and firing for their crucial match-up with Japan.