Opals thrash England to claim basketball gold

Australia’s women’s basketball team has completed its domination of the Commonwealth Games, claiming the gold medal over England at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

The Opals got off to a flying start leading 26-10 at quarter time with star centre Liz Cambage racking up 10 of those points.

But there was high drama in the second quarter when Cambage was ejected from the game.


She was called for an unsportsmanlike foul before arguing with the referees about the lack of fouls called against England.

She then received a technical foul and was forced to leave the court, to huge cheers from the home crowd.

The drama didn’t seem to hamper the Aussies who went to the main break leading 49-31.

The Opals then extended that lead in the third quarter, going into the final break leading 78-47.

The final quarter was a mere formality for the Aussies going on to thrash England 99-55.

Cayla George and Kelsey Griffin were the leading scorers for Australia with 16 points each.

The match was the swansong for guard Belinda Snell who has now retired from international competition after winning her second Commonwealth gold medal.