Bouncing off to the Olympics
We previewed this on Friday, and yay – the Aussie women’s basketball team has qualified for the Paris Olympics. The Opals 85-52 drubbing of Germany put them into their 10th Olympics, meaning the pressure is off today’s game against Serbia. Opals captain Tess Madgen scored 15 points, while older stateswoman Lauren Jackson netted 9 points. But after the game, Jackson announced her retirement from international basketball (again…), saying that helping the Opals to Paris was as far as she’d go. The GOAT won 3 silver Olympic medals with the Opals in 2000, 2004, and 2008 and one bronze in 2012 – and going to her fifth Olympics would have been great, but it’s not to be. Coach Sandy Brondello says she’s happy to have the qualification behind her, and “now we need to put our eyes toward Paris.”
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