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Australia loses to France in opener, Lauren Jackson return, stats, highlights

Australia’s World Cup campaign has suffered a major setback after a disappointing 70-57 loss to France in a forgettable tournament opener.

The Opals were desperate to ring in a bold new era on home soil, but they couldn’t contain a potent French side led by star Seattle Storm forward Gabby Williams.

Australia failed to deny Williams, who dominated proceedings with her athleticism to finish with a game-high 23 points.

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Opals guard Bec Allen did her best to keep Australia in the game, dropping a team-high 16 points.

In the end, though, Australia lacked France’s firepower.

The Opals must now win at least three of their final four games against Mali, Serbia, Canada and Japan to progress to the quarterfinals.

It won’t be an easy task, especially…

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