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Australia women's hoops on a 2-0 streak

Updated: 2008-08-12 01:08:12
Australia women's hoops on a 2-0 streak
Soeli Zakrzeski of Brazil(L) attempts a shot (Photo credit: Getty Images)

(BEIJING, August) -- Australia crushed Brazil 80-65 for a second consecutive win in the preliminary round of the Olympic Women's Basketball tournament on August 11.

Australia started the game strongly, opening up a 12-6 lead midway through the first quarter and closing it at 29-17. They went on a staggering 19-0 run in the beginning of the second quarter, going to the half at 50-29. The 2006 world champs stayed on top the rest of the game.

Laura Summerton scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead her team, while Kristi Harrower weighed in with 15 points and four rebounds. Penny Taylor added 11 points and Suzy Batkovic and Lauren Jackson contributed 10 apiece.

On Brazil's side, Kelly Santos was no doubt the star, pulling an impressive double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Micaela Jacinto netted 11 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Karen Rocha made two of three attempts from behind the arc on her way to nine points in 17 minutes of play.

Despite the loss, Brazil's coach Paulo Bassuls commented positively on the performance of the team, with eight players who are first time Olympians.

"Our idea was putting the ball to our big centers in order to foul out their big players and it worked," said Bassuls. "Kelly (Santos) received 15 fouls. We just had that bad moment in the second quarter and against a team like Australia it is very difficult to come back."

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