Opals notch confidence-boosting win over Mali but tough games to come

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Tolo found room to score around the basket, as did Jackson, while Australia’s defence went up a gear as the team went on a 19-0 run and never looked back.

Starting centre Magbegor had her challenges to find space to attack against France on Thursday night, but she found some confidence as the Mali game went on, as did George who found her shooting stroke from outside, making four of six three-pointers.

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Jackson was rested in the second half, while Tolo was also kept mostly on the bench.

Opals guard Kristy Wallace was floored by an overzealous block attempt by a Mali player in the third quarter, but she got up and kept playing.

Canada moved into top-spot in group B with an impressive 59-45 win over France, while Serbia bounced back from a loss to Canada on Thursday with a 69-65 win over Japan on Friday.

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The Canadians are now the only undefeated team in the group as France are joined by the Opals, Serbia and Japan with 1-1 records and all three could end up in tiebreakers in this very close group.

Saturday is a rest day for group B.

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