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Australian Opals missing WNBA talent for Japan series

Australia’s top WNBL talent will push their case for Opals selection in this year’s World Cup when they host Tokyo Olympics silver medallists Japan in a three-game series starting in Sydney on Friday.

With the likes of Ezi Magbegor, Anneli Maley and Bec Allen tied to WNBA commitments in the US, Tokyo Olympian Sara Blicavs said the series gives those on the team’s fringes the chance to showcase their talent ahead of a home World Cup in Sydney in September.

Sara Blicavs playing for Australia during the Olympics.Credit:AP

“We need to work with them and be able to gel with them [the WNBA players], but then it gives us the experience as well to build our game to be on their level too,” she said. “It’s a win-win either way.”

Perth Lynx captain Darcee Garbin has featured in several international tours but will play her first Opals game on home soil on Friday night at Qudos Bank…




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