Australia secure 4th win in a row to top Group B in the FIBA Women's World Cup

The Opals scored a 71-54 win over the Olympic silver medalists Japan to get the important top spot in Group B.

A very competitive first half saw the Opals depend on their defensive abilities to contain Japan to just 36 points in the first half.

The interior presence of Mariana Tolo was a huge piece of the Opals offence. Tolo finished with 14 points on 75 per cent field goal shooting and has been a huge influence on the team since being inserted in the starting lineup on night two.

The third quarter was the defining period of the game where Australia's perimeter shooting created what turned out to be an insurmountable lead. Cayla George finished with nine points and nine rebounds, doing most of her scoring in that third quarter.

Sami Whitcomb had another strong offensive performance as she handles a lot of the shot-creating duty with Bec Allen still out injured. Whitcomb finished with 15 points alongside three assists in an influential game for the Opals.

This is Australia's fourth straight win and will give them great momentum heading into the knockout stages of the tournament.