Lauren Jackson : Australia defeated Canada 95-65 in the Third Place Game of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup on the strength of 30 spectacular points from Opals great Lauren Jackson.
In a performance that was beyond extraordinary and reminiscent of a Hollywood screenplay, she guaranteed the bronze medal went to the hosts, Australia, while also matching the record for most appearances in the tournament. This was Jackson’s sixth edition of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, and her 43rd appearance. Her previous appearance was in 2010. Could anybody conceive of a more fitting setting for the last dance of a real basketball legend?
Her 30 points was the first time in 16 years that she surpassed the 20-point threshold, which occurred in 2006 when the Opals won their historic championship.
Australia had already grabbed the lead with a 63-54 advantage, but a 17-2 run sealed a historic and unforgettable triumph by eliminating Canada.
Jackson was phenomenal as she saved her greatest performance for last, turning back the clock to achieve 30 points. Also outstanding was Steph Talbot, who had a near triple-double with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Statistics Don’t Lie: The Opals shot a remarkable 62 percent from two-point range, which truly stabbed Canada in the heart.
Australia shown remarkable mental and physical fortitude to recover from their painful defeat to China in the Semifinals the night before and ascend to the podium. Jackson was a towering and inspiring figure, achieving one of the most incredible comebacks in the history of sports. Even if they are unhappy not to have qualified for the Final, Australia will be satisfied with their gold, since they were placed in a very difficult “Group of Death.”
Victor Lapena will be especially concerned with the way in which Canada lost to the United States and Australia in their last two games, since they were unable to maintain their early form. However, they did overcome their problem of constantly losing in the quarterfinals, and the fact that they left sad not to have won bronze tells much about their rapid improvement.
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“They are the greatest bunch of females, I’ve had the most fun, and this is the finest adventure I’ve ever had in sports.” – Australia legend, Lauren Jackson.
“I’m ecstatic to win a medal in a home event, which has left me overcome with emotion. Mentally, it’s been a very long year. I’m simply so relieved that the Opals are back in their proper place… A few decades back, when Lauren [Jackson] was much younger, we witnessed that generation of Opals. So, I’ve heard that we’ve had a significant influence on Australian basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s sports, and I really hope that this has a long-lasting effect.” – Player for Australia, Cayla George
“I believe you witnessed that today, yesterday, and even in the championship game later on; women’s basketball has been on the rise for a long time, but more than ever right now. It is an excellent product. It’s incredible that people are receiving and seeing this, and it’s a privilege that we’ve been able to put it on show while on home soil.” – Player for Australia, Sami Whitcomb
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