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Opals down Spain in final tune-up
10:55 AEST Sun Sep 19 2010

Australia have rounded out their preparations for the women's world basketball championships with a 85-64 win over Spain.

Saturday's result ensured the Opals took out the Salamanca Invitational Basketball Tournament following their emphatic win over the US on Friday.

Hollie Grima led all scorers with 24 points to go with seven rebounds, while Liz Cambage continued her fine form, finishing the game with 20 points.

After a slow start, it didn't take long for the Opals to ignite, jumping out to a handy 34-19 quarter-time lead.

The second term was much the same, and when the Opals extended their advantage to 63-37 at the half, it looked as though the victory was theirs.

The Spaniards worked hard in an effort to bridge the gap, but the class of Opals guards Tully Bevilaqua and Samantha Richards kept the turnovers down, the Opals ultimately running away 21 point winners.

The Aussies shot an impressive 61 per cent from the field and 38 per cent from beyond the three-point arc.

Despite the absence of Marianna Tolo, they were also dominant on the boards, smashing Spain 39-23 on the rebound count, a stat they will want to carry through to the world championships.

Kristi Harrower and Marianna Tolo missed Saturday's match with ankle injuries while Penny Taylor also sat out due to a back problem.

But Opals medical staff expect all three players to be fit for their opening world championships clash against Canada in Prague on Thursday night (AEST).


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