The Great Britain women suffered a 74-58 loss at the hands of Australia on Saturday, in their opening Group B clash at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Despite the loss, Jo Leedham felt that GB can improve as a result:
“It was a good first game for us to play Australia. They are a good team and it was good to get our feet wet against such a high quality opponent.
“We had a good first quarter, but the second wasn’t so great but it’s a lesson for us to learn. When we make mistakes, they punish us and that’s what they did.”
Natalie Stafford led GB with 12 points and six rebounds with Leedham adding 10 points.
Australia played like an experienced Olympic nation, GB meanwhile have got their first game nerves out of the way and GB coach Tom Maher was happy about that along with his team’s showing:
“It was a really good performance from us.
“I am happy that we are here in the Olympics, all our players are first time Olympians and on their debut they played the number two team in the world. I hope the girls enjoyed it.”
Australia were led by Laurent Jackson, who hit a game high 18 points.
Team GB women next play Canada on Monday night, tip-off at 8pm.
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