RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Liz Cambage made her presence felt inside as Australia struggled to shoot from outside and the Aussies held off Turkey 61-56 Sunday night in Olympic women's basketball group play.
The 6-foot-8 Cambage outscored Turkey 7-2 to open the third quarter, putting Australia (2-0) ahead to stay even with Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips going a combined 1 of 12 from the floor. Cambage finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Turkey (0-2) made Australia work to get the ball inside early by playing a zone defense, and the Aussies settled for jumpers and 3s that they couldn't knock down. Phillips missed all five shots she took, and the Aussies were 6 of 24 outside the arc.
Lara Sanders, who U.S. college basketball fans may remember as LaToya Pringle at North Carolina, scored 25 points. Nevriye Yilmaz added 14 points and Isil Alben had 13 and with Sanders' production the trio outscored Australia 29-25 in the first half.
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