Australia’s Opals win Gold on Gold Coast

Australia's Opals win Gold on Gold Coast

Australia overcame the disqualification of centre Elizabeth Cambage to defeat England 99-55 in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games women’s basketball gold medal game at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 14 April.

Forwards Kelsey GRIFFIN and Cayla GEORGE led Australia with 16 points each, with 18-year-old Ezi Magbegor (AUS) adding 11.

CAMBAGE, who led the tournament in scoring and hit all five of her shots to score 10 points, received a technical foul for complaining to referees that disqualifed her with 6:34 left in the second quarter and Australia leading 30-17.

The Opal had received an unsportsmanlike foul for making contact with the head of England centre Azania Stewart less than a minute before.

Australia wasn’t rattled by the ejection, the energised crowd spurring it to a 49-31 half-time lead.

The advantage ballooned to 78-47 by the end of the third quarter, the Australians sharing the scoring load with Cambage out.

Every Opal scored in the game, while Stewart’s 13 points led England.

Australia remains the only team to win Commonwealth Games women’s basketball gold after its victories at Melbourne 2006 and GC2018.

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