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Jackson passes Leslie in Olympic record books, Australia beats Brazil 67-61

08/01/2012 08:17 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Lauren Jackson already has had a memorable London Games: She carried the Australian flag in the opening ceremonies and Wednesday passed Lisa Leslie to become the second leading scorer in Olympic women's basketball history.

Initially, FIBA said Jackson had become the all-time leading scorer in Australia's 67-61 victory over Brazil. But in a statement released late Wednesday night, FIBA said Brazilian Janeth Arcain's name was entered two different ways in its record books.

FIBA's statement said that means Jackson is second on the list with 497 points, behind Arcain's 535.

Jackson, who scored 18 points against Brazil, needed just 10 entering the contest to pass her one-time American rival. Leslie scored 488 points in her Olympic career while leading the U.S. to four consecutive gold medals from 1996-2008 — three coming at Jackson's expense.

The London Games are the fourth Olympics for the 31-year-old Australian star.

Jackson passed Leslie by hitting a free throw with 53 seconds left in the third quarter which gave Australia a 51-40 lead.

Brazil (0-3) couldn't get within four the rest of the way.

The Aussies were coming off a 74-70 overtime loss to France — their first defeat in the Olympics to a team other than the United States since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

"It was huge, we needed to get our confidence back," said Jackson, who has led Australia to silver medals in the last three Olympics. "We wanted to play well. Liz (Cambage) was great."

Australia struggled at the beginning and trailed 10-8 before Jackson sparked a 13-2 run by scoring five points. Her lay-in with 7:41 left in the second quarter made it 20-12. Australia extended the lead to 13 at the half.

Australia couldn't put away Brazil though, which rallied within four on Karla Costa's 3-pointer with 16.3 seconds remaining. That's as close as the Brazilians would come as Jackson hit two free throws a second later to seal the win.

Cambage finished with 17 points for Australia.

Costa scored 22 points and Erika de Souza added 11 before fouling out to lead Brazil, which used to be a consistent medal contender, winning a silver in 1996 and bronze in 2000. The Brazilians finished fourth in 2004 and 11th in 2008 with the lone victory coming over Belarus.

Brazil spent months training together before the Olympics and have nothing to show for it so far.

"We all need to take a shower and try to think of what comes next," Costa said. "We finally played our best. We wanted to be first then we wanted to be second, then third and now we want to be fourth.

"As long as there's a chance we'll fight for that."

They could still qualify for the quarterfinals with victories in their final two games over Canada and Britain.

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