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South Korea vs Australia FIBA Asia Women's Cup live strea: Opals face South Koreans in opener

Brendan O'Neill in Basketball 19 Jul 2017
Belinda Snell (credit:livesport.co.uk)

Australia and South Korea face off in the opening game of the FIBA Asia Women's Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.

Watch & bet on live streaming basketball at bet365 > sports > live streaming basketball. South Korea vs Australia is at 06:30 BST on Sunday, July 23

Australia tests the mettle of South Korea in the opening game of the FIBA Asia Women's Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.

The two teams will see action in Group B of the elite Level I along with two-time defending champion Japan and the Philippines. 

The Australians are making their first appearance in this competition after FIBA decided to merge the Asia and Oceania zones. The Opals are a powerhouse in the world stage having won numerous medals in the Olympics and World Cup (formerly FIBA World Championship). Although star players Leilani Mitchell, Penny Taylor and Elizabeth Cambage are absent in this tournament, the Australians remain one of the favorites to win the gold medal in India.

Kang Ajeong (FIBA)6x5x4x3xLeading the squad in its quest for a maiden FIBA Asia crown are three-time Olympic medalist Belinda Snell and Rio Games veterans Marianna Tolo, Tessa Lavey, Katie Ebzery and Laura Hodges. 

Head coach Sandy Brondello also named Maddie Garrick, Kelsey Griffin, Alice Kunek, Lauren Mansfield, Alanna Smith and sisters-in-law Sara Blicavs and Stephanie Cumming-Blicavs to his final roster. Smith and Kunek took over the spots of Abby Bishop and Alex Bunton, who were earlier selected but were forced to withdraw because of injuries.

South Korea, meanwhile, is aiming to improve its third-place finish in this competition two years ago in Wuhan. Back to lead the East Asians are Kang Ajeong and Kim Danbi, the team's top scorers in Rio.

Also returning are teenage sensation Park Ji-Su, Park Hye-Jin, Kwak Joo-Yeong, Lim Yung-Hui, Kang Lee-Seul and Bae Hye-Yoon. Other members of head coach Seo Dong-Chul's squad are Kim Han-Byul, Kim So-Dam, Park Ha-Na and Sim Sung-Young.

The Koreans are the most successful team in the FIBA Asia Women's Cup with 12 titles but they haven't tasted success since 2007. Australia walloped South Korea 87-54 in the 2014 FIBA World Championship in their last meeting. 

South Korea vs Australia Notes

Australia is making its first appearance in this competitionSouth Korea placed third two years ago in WuhanSouth Korea is the most successful team in the FIBA Asia Women's Cup Back to Top



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