22 Aug 2008

Australia crush China to reach Beijing final

5:46 am on 22 August 2008

The world champion Australian women's basketball team have overpowered China 90-56 to reach the Olympic finals.

Belinda Snell and Kristi Harrower scored 30 points as Australia set up a showdown with fierce rivals the United States in the gold medal game, which tips off at two o'clock Sunday morning.

Australia were missing 2006 world championship MVP Penny Taylor with damaged ankle ligaments, although she is expected to play in the final.

The Australians were silver medallists in 2000 and 2004 but have never won Olympic gold. The United States are bidding to win a fourth straight Olympic title.