More Sites
Cricket ODD Warriors v Bulls Cricket ODD Tigers v Redbacks Football EPL Ladder Football A-League Ladder
Search
Jackson's Olympic record as Opals step up
By Guy Hand
04:45 AEST Thu Aug 2 2012

Individual memorable moments are coming regularly for the Opals at the Olympic Games.

The team itself remains a work in progress.

Lauren Jackson on Wednesday became the all-time leading scorer in Olympic women's basketball as she steered Australia to a grinding 67-61 win over Brazil.

But the Opals are clearly yet to hit full stride and finishing top of their group as expected now may not happen.

They have perhaps provided Australia's most talked about moment of the Games with Belinda Snell's amazing buzzer-beating three-pointer from behind halfway against France on Monday.

Jackson has also carried the Australian Olympic team's opening ceremony flag with distinction.

Now the 31-year-old four-time Olympian has surpassed former arch-rival and US great Lisa Leslie's record of 488 points at Games tournaments with her 18 points against Brazil on Wednesday.

"She's an iconic basketballer for Australia. It's fitting that at this Olympics as flag-bearer she gets a record like that," coach Carrie Graf said.

But it's been character rather than brilliance the Opals have relied upon so far, as with two wins and a loss, they attempt to shore up a quarter-final spot in their remaining two Group B matches.

Shocked by France in overtime on Monday, the Opals came out firing and took control with a 12-2 run through the first and second quarters to eventually take a 13-point lead to halftime.

Along with Jackson, rising star Liz Cambage was also brilliant for the Opals after an indifferent opening to the Games, with nine first half rebounds among a 17-point, 10-board haul.

But Brazil were able to creep to within four points with 16 seconds remaining.

Fittingly it was Jackson who made the game safe with two clutch free-throws and an important rebound which allowed Australia to soak up the remaining time.

The Opals face huge a match next-up against Russia, who are unbeaten in their three games and beat Great Britain 67-61 on Wednesday.

Centre Suzy Batkovic believes the Opals' best will come, and believes early tournament nerves may have played a part in the sluggish start.

"We definitely bounced back from the France game and it shows what character we have," she said.

"We've got six new Olympians, and based on my first Olympics in 2004, I was nervous. But I think the nerves are pretty much out now.

"We have amazing athletes on our team. The thing for us is to relax and enjoy it."

Earlier France ensured themselves a top four finish in the Opals' group and a quarter-final berth with a 64-60 victory over Canada.

They are also unbeaten in their three matches.

Did you like this article? Share your thoughts
SCHEDULEDAY0
27Jul
DAY1
28Jul
DAY2
29Jul
DAY3
30Jul
DAY4
31Jul
DAY5
1Aug
DAY6
2Aug
DAY7
3Aug
DAY8
4Aug
DAY9
5Aug
DAY10
6Aug
DAY11
7Aug
DAY12
8Aug
DAY13
9Aug
DAY14
10Aug
DAY15
11Aug
DAY16
12Aug
Opening Ceremony
Archery
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Beach Volleyball
Boxing
BMX
Cycling
Diving
Equestrian
Fencing
Football
Gymnastics
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Modern Pentathlon
Rowing/Canoe/Kayak
Sailing
Shooting
Swimming
Synchro
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Triathlon
Volleyball
Water Polo
Weightlifting
Wrestling
Closing ceremony
DAY0
27Jul
DAY1
28Jul
DAY2
29Jul
DAY3
30Jul
DAY4
31Jul
DAY5
1Aug
DAY6
2Aug
DAY7
3Aug
DAY8
4Aug
DAY9
5Aug
DAY10
6Aug
DAY11
7Aug
DAY12
8Aug
DAY13
9Aug
DAY14
10Aug
DAY15
11Aug
DAY16
12Aug
You need the latest version of Flash Player.
Enjoy the most vivid content on the web
Watch video without extra features
Interact with applications on your favourite sites
Upgrade now

You need the latest version of Flash Player.
Enjoy the most vivid content on the web
Watch video without extra features
Interact with applications on your favourite sites
Upgrade now