LONDON — Emilie Gomis scored all 22 of her points in the second half and France stunned Australia with a 74-70 overtime victory Monday in the women’s Olympic basketball tournament.
Sandrine Gruda added 11 points for France (2-0) in one of the biggest victories in the country’s women’s basketball history.
The French didn’t make it easy on themselves, failing to put the game away in the final minute of regulation.
Australia capitalized on France’s miscues. Trailing 65-62 with 3 seconds left in regulation, Australia’s Belinda Snell got the rebound and banked in a 3-pointer from just past halfcourt to send the game to overtime and whip the crowd into a frenzy.
The Aussies had to play the extra session without stars Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage, who had fouled out. France proved to have just enough to come away with the win.