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Rio 2016: Australian Opals score big win over Argentina in Olympic test event

The Australian Opals made an ideal start to their Rio Olympics test event with an 87-37 win over Argentina at Carioca Arena on Saturday morning (AEDT).

The Opals dominated from the opening,  their defence keeping Argentina to just three points in the opening term.

The Opals continued to build on their lead as coach Brendan Joyce played all his available players with centre Suzy Batkovic leading the side with 16 points while Natalie Burton added 11 points, Katie Rae Ebzery 11 points and Rebecca Allen 10 points.

Erin Phillips also made her return to the court after 178 days out with a knee injury scoring eight points and passing off seven assists.

The only disappointment for the Opals was the forced absence of Perth Lynx point guard Tessa Lavey who was found to have a slight tear in her hamstring after training and will sit out the test event.

"Tessa indicated she has been tight in her hamstring for the last month," Joyce said.

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"After training she said it was sore so I asked we get her an MRI and they found a slight tear so we are not going to risk her.

"It's a very, very slight tear and it looks like a one to two week injury."

Joyce praised his team's ability to hit the ground running against the bronze medallists from the FIBA Americas' tournament.

"We played exceptionally well which I was a little surprised about considering we have only had two training sessions since we got here," Joyce said.

"Our first practice was ugly but by shoot around before this game I was happy with how we were going and the girls carried that into the game."

Joyce said Phillips, who injured her knee during the WNBA season, did well as did Leilani Mitchell who started at point guard.

"Leilani had eight assists and a tremendous game in running the team," Joyce said.

The Carioca Arena will host the Rio Olympic basketball tournament and Joyce said it was an impressive stadium.

"It looked really good, it's spectacular from outside," Joyce said.

"They are still putting the final touches to it outside of the court but when this stadium is full it's going to have great acoustics."

The Opals play Venezuela on Sunday morning before meeting hosts Brazil on Monday morning.

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