2020 Tokyo Olympics
With seven-straight gold medals and 55-consecutive wins, Team USA is an unquestioned dynasty, dominating women’s basketball at the Olympic Games for 25 years (and counting). Let’s appreciate the full significance of this unprecedented accomplishment.
Rui Machida broke a record that she tied four days earlier and helped Japan clinch its first-ever Olympic medal in women’s basketball.
The semifinals of the Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament are set! The U.S., Serbia, France and Japan are all looking to earn a spot in the gold medal game. Before Team USA can win its seventh-straight gold, it must take care of Serbia on Friday at 12:40 a.m. ET. At 7 a.m. ET, host Japan will hope to continue its inspiring Olympic run with another win over France.
The Women’s Olympic Basketball Tournament quarterfinal stage features a quartet of interesting matchups. The action begins with China vs. Serbia at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday and continues when the U.S. and Australia meet at 12:40 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
Marianna Tolo put up an impressive stat line as Australia avoided major disappointment at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Plus, China was able to find a way to beat Belgium.
Hopes for an Olympic medal remain alive for the host nation as well as the 2021 EuroBasket champions. Powered by its precise offense, Japan took care of Nigeria to finish second in Group B. Serbia finishes second in Group A, although its victory over South Korea was less inspiring.
China improved to 2-0 in group play with a narrow victory over Australia, clinching a spot in in the Olympic quarterfinals in the process. Meanwhile, France evened their group play record at 1-1 with a convincing victory over Nigeria.
Alba Torrens and Astou Ndour led Spain, while Emma Meesseman led Belgium on Thursday. Both teams are now 2-0 and have advanced to tournament play.
The Canadian members of the Minnesota Lynx — Bridget Carleton and Natalie Achonwa — helped their home country get its first win, 74-53 over South Korea. While Carleton led the Canadians in scoring, Achonwa paced the team’s domination of the glass.
Stefanie Dolson played great defense on the U.S.’s final play against France and her team was barely able to hold on and avoid overtime in the semifinals. Russia defeated China in the other semifinal with a 2-pointer that ended it early.
France was up by as many as seven points and held on to defeat host Japan by just two. The Japanese suffered a let-down after being the only team to defeat Team USA in the prelims. Meanwhile, China topped Italy in the earlier quarterfinal.
Team USA 3x3’s games have gotten progressively tougher recently, with their last three wins coming by four, four and two, respectively. On Monday, Kelsey Plum was the heroine against China, while Allisha Gray and Stefanie Dolson each had six points in an earlier win over Italy.
Key blocks from Allisha Gray and missed free throws by Russia let USA hang around long enough to get hot late and win their second game of the day after defeating Romania behind 12 points from Kelsey Plum earlier.