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Azania Stewart played in the first ever Olympic game for Great Britain (US Presswire)

Sunday July 29, 2012Azania Stewart Scores Eight in Historic Great Britain Olympic Basketball Game

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Azania Stewart played in the first ever Olympic game for Great Britain (US Presswire)

Azania Stewart scored eight points and collected one offensive rebound while battling WNBA MVP center Lauren Jackson and Australia, the reigning Olympic silver medalists, which proved to be too strong for Great Britain, a team making its first ever appearance in the Olympic Games. Great Britain fell 74-58 in their Olympic debut played at the Basketball Arena in London.

 

Stewart played nine minutes in the first half, when she was saddled with two fouls, but did net four points and drew three fouls against her.

 

In the second half Stewart connected on an inside bucket with 7:13 remaining in the game for her sixth point of the contest. She then hit another bucket with 5:38 to go and helped GB cut its deficit to 66-53. Overall, Stewart was able to draw five fouls to aid her team, in addition to hitting 3-of-5 shots from the floor.

 

Stewart and her fellow countrywomen return to the court on July 30 against Canada and tip-off for the Group B preliminary game is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

 

The competition format for Olympic basketball from the official Olympic website (www.london2012.com): The best four teams from each group during the preliminaries will qualify for the knockout stage, with the winners of the semi-finals going head-to-head in the gold medal game.

 

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