The Boomers took on the might of the United States in a final warm-up match last night without their star centre, who remains troubled by an injury to his right ankle sustained in training last week.
The same injury limited Bogut to just 20 minutes of court time in the Boomers' narrow loss to Argentina last week.
Without Bogut, the Boomers took the fight to their storied opponents but were eventually outmuscled, outplayed and outscored 87-76.
In Womans basketball
The United States scraped past Australia 71-67 to win the FIBA Diamond Ball basketball tournament for Women in Haining, China tonight in an intense battle between two teams desperate for gold at the Beijing Olympics.
For Australia, Penny Taylor was left with a black eye after some heavy treatment from Australia's fiercest rivals, but she still led all scorers with 19 points, while Lauren Jackson added 16 points and eight boards.
The extremely physical tussle included a brutal Tina Thompson screen on Taylor that forced her from the court in tears early in the third term, while Suzy Batkovic responded with a hard foul on Diana Taurasi as neither side took a backward step.