- Game Night
The Australian women’s basketball team has started their 2016 Rio Olympics campaign in outstanding form, with Perth Lynx stars Tessa Lavey and Nat Burton helping the team to a 3-0 start in the group stage.
After defeating the host nation Brazil 84-66 in their opening game, the Australians withstood a physical encounter with Turkey before grinding out the victory, 65-59.
In their third game, Australia met with a French team ranked number four in the world, but an excellent performance on both ends of the floor saw the Aussies claim a wire to wire victory, 89-71.
Nat Burton has started all three games for Australia, recording two points, two assists, two rebounds and two steals thus far, while Lynx captain Tessa Lavey has enjoyed significant playing time off the bench, tallying 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals throughout her Olympic campaign.
Ranked number two in the world by FIBA, the national women’s team has high hopes in Rio, and have shown excellent determination across all of their games to date.
The Aussies trailed 35-39 at half time against Brazil, before closing the game with a 49-27 run that ensured victory over the hosts, while a gritty four quarter effort was required against Turkey.
Australia trailed 26-29 at the half against a Turkish side ranked tenth in the world, but excellent defence, including holding Turkey scoreless for the final 2:47 of the game, saw the Aussies claim their second win of the Olympics.
The national team entered game three tied with France atop Group A, both with a 2-0 record, but a strong victory saw the Australians claim an outright lead atop their group with a 3-0 record.
Your next chance to see Tessa Lavey, Nat Burton and the Australian team comes on Friday 12 August when they take on Japan at 4:45am AWST, before the team closes the group stage with games against Belarus on Saturday 13 August at 11:15pm.