France spoils LG’s comeback and beats Australia in the World Cup

Sydney (AFP) – Lauren Jackson was emotional after playing her first game for Australia in 12 years.

The Hall of Famer did not get the result they wanted as Opals lost to France 70-57 on Thursday to crown the opening day of the Women’s World Cup.

“It was disappointing, but we knew France was going to be tough,” said the 41-year-old. “I was happy to be here. The last time I played in this arena was the 2000 Olympics. It was incredibly special, and the crowd was amazing.”

The last time Jackson played for the Australian national team was in 2010 and he retired from basketball six years later due to a chronic knee injury.

“It’s crazy to be here, it’s surreal,” Jackson said. “I am honored to be here to represent Australia.”

In other matches on Thursday, the United States beat Belgium 87-72. Puerto Rico topped Bosnia and Herzegovina 82-58. Canada defeated Serbia 67-60; Japan defeated Mali 89-56; China rotated over South Korea 107-44.