Australia Beats France 74-62 for Fifth Spot; Russia Finishes Seventh

The 2006 champions will go home with something to be proud of as the Australian Opals bagged fifth place with a 74-62 win over France in the classification round of the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship in Czech Republic.

WNBA Most Valuable Player Lauren Jackson spearheaded the Opals’ attack with her 13 points and eight rebounds, while Liz Cambage racked up 12 points and seven rebounds, which was highlighted by a 6-of-6 shooting from the field.

Erin Phillips had here best game of the entire tournament, as the 25-year old guard chipped in 11 points, while Marianna Tolo added 10 points for the Opals, which dominated the game right from the get go.

Australia got off to a sizzling start and unleashed a balance attack to grab an early 21-7 lead at the end of the first period. They continued to dominate and led by as much as 18 points in the second quarter, which ended with the Aussies on top by 11 points, 36-25.

With the momentum on their side, the Aussies never looked back in the second half and scored the convincing victory.

Meanwhile, Ilona Korstin racked up 21 points and eight rebounds to help the Russians finish seventh with an 87-76 win over the resilient Korean squad.

Maria Stepanova added 16 points and four rebounds, while Svetlana Abrosimova chipped in 12 points for Russia, which took control of the game right from the opening Buzzer.

Yeon Ha Beon and Sunmin Jung led Korea in scoring with their 24 and 21 points, respectively.

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