NZ Herald Olympics Banner

Australia rallies, beats host Brazil 84-66 in Olympic opener

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) " Liz Cambage scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Australia rallied from a 12-point deficit in the first half and beat host Brazil 84-66 Saturday in women's Olympic basketball group play.

Leilani Mitchell added 18 points and Penny Taylor finished with 17 points as the second-ranked team in the world had to overcome a hot-shooting Iziane Castro and a raucous home crowd.

Castro scored 18 of her 25 points in the first half, and Clarissa Santos added 10.

With Castro not missing early, Brazil jumped out to a 26-14 lead at the start of the second quarter. But Australia trailed only 39-35 at halftime, and Mitchell's fast-break layup capped the comeback putting the Aussies ahead to stay at 53-51 with 1:42 left in the third.

Australia quickly built that lead to double digits in cruising to the win over Brazil, which hasn't medaled in the Olympics since a bronze in 2000.



AP Summer Games website:

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2016, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf03 at 25 Sep 2016 22:32:03 Processing Time: 436ms