Women’s Olympic Basketball: Gold Medal Matchup is Set
Setting the Olympic Basketball Medal Matchups
Today was a big day in Women’s Olympic basketball, as the four remaining Olympic basketball teams played for a shot at medaling. The winning teams would have the opportunity to play for gold and silver on the 20th of August, while the losing teams will have to battle for a bronze medal.
No need to let the anticipation build – let’s get right in to it!
Team USA Olympic Basketball Focus
The United States started the Olympic basketball semifinals day off with a matchup against France, the only remaining team that the United States didn’t have experience against in Olympic basketball preliminary play. Team USA closed the game out with a 86-67 victory, led once again by the scoring of Diana Taurasi.
Taurasi started off slow with just six points in the first half, but was able to get it going in the second half and finished 18 points total for the game. Starters Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Britney Griner all scored in double digits as well.
Sylvia Fowles came up big off the bench with twelve points in less than nineteen minutes. She achieved this on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and added nine rebounds as well. This speaks to how deep and talented this Olympic basketball USA squad is as Fowles is the WNBA’s reigning Finals MVP, yet coming off the bench behind Brittney Griner.
The Americans were without their starting point guard Sue Bird due to a sprained knee suffered in the Olympic basketball quarterfinals game. Her status for the Olympic basketball gold medal game is still unclear.
On the other side, France shot almost 47.9% 2-point field goals compared to 54.5% by the United States. While France actually outperformed the Americans in assists, steals and blocks, Team USA was supported a big advantage in rebounding and second chance scoring to bring home the win.
Isabelle Yacoubou led France with 14 points and five rebounds. Marine Johannes added 13 points, three makes from 3-point range and two assists off the bench. No other starter for France was able to score double-digit points in a very important Olympic basketball effort.
With this victory, Team USA will now have a shot at the Olympic basketball gold medal in just a couple of days.
Team USA’s Olympic Basketball Gold Medal Game Opponent
Once it was finalized that Team USA would be playing in the Olympic basketball gold medal game, all that was left to do for the Americans was to sit back and see which team they would be facing. In game two of the day, Spain and Serbia faced off against one another. Spain came away with a 68-54 victory behind the efforts of starters Ndour, Nicholls and Torrens.
Serbia displayed a balanced attack from starters Page, Milovanonic and Petrovic all scoring double-digits. Cado also added twelve points in under 18 minutes of play.
A big difference between these two Olympic basketball teams was shooting efficiency from the field. Spain shot 50% on 2-point attempts and 25% on 3-point attempts. These percentages were far superior to the percentages Serbia posted with 34.5% on 2-point attempts and 16.7% on 3-point attempts. Spain also displayed a big advantage in assists and rebounds to gain an edge and seal the victory.
With Spain winning this matchup, the Olympic basketball gold medal game is now set. Team USA and Spain actually played against each other on day 3 of Olympic basketball preliminary play. USA won that game 103-63 and will be heavily favored in the Olympic basketball gold medal game.