Opals advance to World Cup SFs

September 28, 2018 | Townsville Fire news

Australia is just one win away from playing for gold at the FIBA World Cup after eliminating China overnight.

In a dominant showing, the Chemist Warehouse maintained their unblemished record at the tournament as they registered an 83-42 win to set up a semi-final showdown with Spain tomorrow morning.

The host nation advanced to the final four with a 68-53 victory over Canada, while in the opposite semi-final the USA will play Belgium.

Having won a bronze medal in 2014, the Opals, who also clinched gold in 2006, are now within striking distance of a second World Cup after making light work of China.

JCU Townsville Fire star Tess Madgen finished with two points, three assists, two steals and a rebound in a tick over 18 minutes of action.

MVP-candidate Liz Cambage top-scored with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Bec Allen chimed in with 16 points of her own.

Should the Opals win tomorrow morning they will be guaranteed a medal, while a loss would consign them into the bronze medal play-off.

The match will be shown live and exclusive on Fox Sports from 5am.

Click here to see full box scores between Australia and China.

World Cup schedule (all times AEST):

September 22: Australia def Nigeria 86-68
September 23: Australia def Argentina 84-43
September 25:
Australia def Turkey 90-64.
September 28: Australia def China 83-42 (QF)
September 29: Australia v Spain (SF)
September 30: Medal Games

Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals:

Bec Allen, Alex Bunton, Liz Cambage, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Cayla George, Tessa Lavey, Tess Madgen, Ezi Magbegor, Jenna O’Hea, Alanna Smith, Steph Talbot and Sami Whitcomb.