Australia's clean run at the 2021 FIBA Women's Asia Cup came to an end last night.
The Opals put up a hard-fought effort against China, but ultimately fell short by 18 points.
China took an early lead in the first and outscored Australia 25-19, before the Opals returned serve heading into the main break to get back within one point, 40-39.
China continued to pull away once back on court for the second half, boosting the lead by another eight points heading into the final quarter.
The pressure didn't stop in the fourth, with China outscoring the Opals by nine points to seal the match at 82-64.
Australia's Sam Whitcomb was the team's top-scorer with 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Bendigo Braves star Abbey Wehrung notched two points, two rebounds and one assist.
Opals will now look to bounce back with a win on Thursday night when they take on friendly foe New Zealand.
The winner of the match will then progress to the semi-final against Japan.
The Tall Ferns secured their spot in the match against the Opals with a strong win over India, final scores 109-49.
Spirit player Mary Goulding impressed in her best match of the tournament with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal.
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