Women’s Olympic Basketball: Team USA Dominance
Olympic Basketball Bronze Medal Game
Today was a big day in Women’s Olympic basketball, as the four remaining Olympic basketball teams played for the final medal standings. In the matchup between Serbia and France, the teams would be battling for the bronze medal. Serbia would finish as the victor with a 70-63 win.
Serbia did not have a great preliminary play showing in Olympic basketball, finishing fourth in Group B standings and barely squeezing in to the Olympic basketball tournament bracket. They went on to upset the top team from Group A in Olympic basketball tournament play in the quarterfinals round. After squeezing by Australia, they would lose to Spain to set up the Olympic basketball bronze medal game against France. France finished preliminary play as the number two team in Group A and beat Canada in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, France lost to the United States and would settle for a shot at Olympic basketball bronze.
Endy Miyem led France with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block. Serbia was supported by 18 points from Milovanovic, but it was the all-around play of Danielle Page that helped land Serbia the win. Page scored ten points to go along with eight rebounds, but she made a big difference on defense. She contributed three steals and two blocks in over 36 minutes of play.
This Olympic basketball bronze medal is a big get for Serbia after entering tournament play as underdogs against Australia. They will return home as big time achievers.
An Olympic Basketball Champion Rises
After playing five preliminary games and two previous tournament games, the final two teams would enter the gold medal game ready to wrap up their Olympic basketball play. The matchup between the United States and Spain was nothing new as the teams had previously faced off on day 3 of Olympic basketball preliminary play. Team USA had won this previous matchup by a margin of forty.
Today’s Olympic basketball matchup was a little different, as Spain kept the game a little bit closer this time around. However, the Americans still won by a very large margin with a 101-72 victory. With the win, the United States will go home as Olympic basketball gold medalists and Spain will go home as Olympic basketball silver medalists. Both of these achievements are something for these teams and their countries to be very proud of.
After a relatively slow start to Olympic basketball play, Maya Moore stepped up when it mattered most. Staying true to form in a career defined by winning, Moore posted a state line of 14 points, five rebounds, six assists, one steals and one block. Other notable Olympic basketball Team USA performances included Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen, each with 17 points.
Alba Torrens led Spain with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and a whopping five steals. Ndour, Xargay and Dominquez, who all scored in double digits, supported Torrens in the losing effort.
Team USA led in total rebounds 51 to 28, a deficit that is hard to overcome. While the Americans led in several other stat categories, their bench scoring may have been one of the biggest factors. Team USA had 55 points off the bench, compared to the 23 points from Spain’s bench.
This victory resulted in an eight-game Olympic basketball stretch with an average margin of victory of 37.2 points. It was also the 49th straight win for Team USA.
The Olympic basketball gold medal finish came as the sixth consecutive gold medal for Team USA. This pure dominance of the sport is quite the achievement and these women can go home satisfied. Many of the team’s players will return to wrap up the WNBA season and some will even head to the playoffs. This makes for quite a stretch of basketball for these top-notch athletes.