Team Australia will be facing Team Brazil in the 2016 Rio Olympics women’s basketball tournament on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Though Team Australia is the favorite team to win the game, the host nation, Team Brazil, is expected to level up their performance to satisfy the crowd.
Date: Saturday, August 6
Start Time: 4:30 p.m. ET (Will air on TV at 5:30 p.m. ET)
Location: Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Arena: Youth Arena
TV Info: USA Network (5:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Team Australia is currently ranked No. 2 in the world by FiBA. Team Australia has been the favorite team to rival the Team USA women’s basketball. Their highest Olympic achievement was when they won Silver in 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics women’s basketball game.
Team Australia have plenty of size and talent to compete with any team in Rio Olympics women’s basketball. Their captain Mariana Tolo is expected to lead the team and win their first game.
12-man roster for Team Australia:
Guards: Leilani Mitchell, Penny Taylor, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Erin Phillips, Tessa Lavey
Forwards: Stephanie Talbot, Natalie Burton, Rachel Jarry, Laura Hodges, Cayla George
Centers: Liz Cambage, Marianna Tolo
On the other hand, Team Brazil is currently ranked No. 7 in the world by FIBA. Though they are the underdog in this matchup, Team Brazil is predicted to at least compete for the Bronze. Their highest Olympic achievement was when they won the Silver in 1996 Olympic women’s basketball game.
In order to have a good start in the Rio Olympics, Team Brazil will be needing a big performance from their captain Izi Castro Marques.
12-man roster for Team Brazil:
Guards: Adriana Moisés Pinto, Tainá Paixão, Joice Rodrigues, Izi Castro Marques,
Forwards: Palmira, Marcal, Isabela Ramona, Tatiane Pacheco, Damiris Dantas
Centers: Clarissa dos Santos, Nádia Colhado, Érika de Souza, Kelly Santos
Team Australia is expected to win over Team Brazil by 15+ points. Team Australia has more talented and skilled players than Team Brazil. However, the home court advantage will play a big role in this matchup.