Liz Cambage has topped all scorers in the 2016 Olympics with a huge 37-point performance against Japan during Day 5 action at Rio.
After the Aussie men’s team pushed the US on Thursday, the Opals were similarly tested by a less-favoured opposition, entering the fourth quarter down 16 points to the
The Opals, sitting at 2nd on FIBA rankings and undefeated through their first three games in Rio, were heavily favoured to take out 16th-ranked Japan on Friday morning AEST. However, similar to the way the Aussie men’s team tested the US on Thursday, a tough performance from Japan had the Opals down a massive 16 points going into the final quarter.
Cambage wasn’t taking any Ls today though, dropping a massive 18 points in the fourth to finish on 37 for the game. Her total was the highest for any athlete – male or female – in the 2016 Olympic basketball competition.
Cambage also racked up 10 boards, two assists and three authoritative blocks. Point guard Leilani Mitchell was also in fine form with 18 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
With the 92-86 victory extending the Opals’ undefeated run through the competition, the women’s team will now finish in first place of Group A.