- Game Night
The Australian women’s basketball team has been eliminated from the Olympic tournament, after a narrow 71-73 defeat at the hands of Serbia in the quarter-final.
The loss, which was Australia’s first in the tournament, prematurely ends the Olympic campaign for Perth Lynx stars Nat Burton and Tessa Lavey, despite some valiant efforts and excellent performances from the pair throughout the Olympic Games.
Though the quarter-final loss to Serbia ultimately ended Australia’s Olympic campaign, the team showed stretches of dominance throughout the tournament, going a perfect 5-0 in the group stage.
Burton, who started all six games for Australia, was a consistent presence on defence for the national team; an unsurprising outcome given her status as reigning Perth Lynx Best Defensive Player.
Starting at the power forward position in a dominant front-court rotation, Burton tallied six points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals throughout her Olympic campaign.
Perth Lynx captain Tessa Lavey provided the Aussies with a dynamic punch off the bench, totalling 14 points, 15 assists, 12 rebounds and three steals in 71 minutes of playing time.
Lavey played a vital role in several of Australia’s comeback victories, most notably in her three point, six assist and six rebound outing against Belarus.
Congratulations to Tessa Lavey and Nat Burton on their efforts throughout the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which have done themselves, and the Perth Lynx, extremely proud.