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Opals win gold

23 Mar 06 11:28
The jubilant Opals celebrate Basketball gold. 

The jubilant Opals celebrate Basketball gold.

Australia are the Women's Basketball gold medallists after a convincing win over New Zealand recording a resounding final score of 77-39.

England won the bronze after defeating Nigeria 78-75, in a close fought contest.

In the gold medal play-off, the Australians outscored New Zealand in every quarter and were rarely troubled in what was, at times, a physical contest. 

Australian Lauren Jackson scored 23 and Belinda Snell shot 10. Top scorer for New Zealand was Donna Loffhagen with 8 points.

"This is so awesome. To play in front of this crowd is something I will never forget," exclaimed Jackson. "I never thought I would get the chance to play for my country again in Australia."

In the game for the bronze medal, England outscored Nigeria for the first three quarters, but had to withstand a late fight back when Nigeria shot 29 points to England's 23 in the last quarter.

Top scorer for England was Andrea Congreaves with 21 points, Shelly Boston scored 14 and Rosalee Mason shot 12.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic and delighted," said a jubilant Congreaves. "We knew Nigeria would be tough but our girls were fabulous - it was a bit of a nail-biter. We are absolutely stoked to get the medal."

Funmi Ojelabi top scored for Nigeria with 18 points. Other contributors included Ezinne James with 12 and 11 points from Mobolaji Akiode.

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