It was an emphatic 30-point win for the Australian Opals in the bronze medal match against Canada, aided by 30 points from the great Lauren Jackson in her last-ever game for the country to go alongside seven rebounds, two steals and a block in a Player of the Game performance.
The first half was tightly contested, with Canadian star Kia Nurse scoring 19 points in the first half and looking dangerous every time she attacked the basket inside.
Australia was helped in the first half by contributing all-round performances from Steph Talbot and the tenacious Sara Blicavs. Talbot finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help the Opals through to a huge win.
Blicavs, who has been in the starting lineup for the injured Bec Allen, has stepped up in a big way during the elimination rounds. Blicavs scored 12 points to go with four rebounds and two blocks, boasting the highest plus/minus rating in the game with 26.
It was a mammoth second half for Lauren Jackson who carried the team on her back on the way to the rose gold result for the Opals. Jackson's 30 points came in just 21 minutes as Australia's greatest of all time showed just why she holds that title.
The FIBA Women's World Cup wraps up this afternoon with the USA and China in the gold medal match, which is scheduled to begin at 4pm AEST.
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