TWO Bendigo basketballers have started their FIBA Asia Cup Women's gold medal campaigns.
Bendigo Braves star Abbey Wehrung, who is playing for the Australian Opals, found success on day one at the tournament being held in Amman, Jordan.
Opals, who are playing in Group B, had an opening match against Chinese Taipei in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The country's national women's team was able to start the tournament on a high-note with an 11-point victory after maintaining the lead for the majority of the match, final scores 76-65.
Wehrung was only on court for 13 minutes, taking one rebound in what was her debut as an Opal.
Australia will now play the Philippines in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, Bendigo Spirit 2021-22 player Mary Goulding, who isin action for the New Zealand Tall Ferns endured an opening loss to South Korea, final scores 69-85.
New Zealand, who are playing in Group A, trailed South Korea for the majority of the game and were outscored during each quarter.
Goulding played seven minutes and put seven points on the board with one rebound.
Tall Ferns are now preparing for the second match on Tuesday night against Japan.
The FIBA Asia Cup Women's tournament is being held in Jordan for the first time and runs until October 3.
Teams play each opponent within its group once before the finals phase commences later this week.
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