Against Australia in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, the United States ran a 17-0 run from 7:52 to 1:29 on Wednesday, washing away the nerves it displayed in the preliminaries against Nigeria, Japan and France. has. as the team truly returns to its dominant ways and wins 79-55 to advance to the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where it takes on Serbia.
After its 17-0 run, Team USA led the rest of the way by at least nine, and it ended a strong quarter, which is so important. It was a 9-0 run to close the second and lead by 21 and an 8-0 run to close the third and lead by 29.
The USA made a living in its first three games, but on Wednesday the power forward / small forward Breanna Stewart stretched the floor and started scoring in different ways. Taking over a game is another way Team USA can beat you, and she did exactly that, scoring 20 of her 23 points in the first half (10 in each quarter).
Stewart started the run 17-0 with a left-wing float on the left, followed by a quick breakout that scored a 3-point game that made the U.S. 9-6. Australia led 2-0 and 5-2 before Stewart made a short jump in the lane to cut it to 5-4. Stewart concludes her score in the first quarter with a triple from the left corner that makes the U.S. 14-6. She then scored two blocks that kept the score at 21-6.
In the second quarter, Stewart scored four draws that brought the score to 37-21 US and later six consecutive points that brought it to 45-27 US. She finished her first half with a deep score, fighting three with 1:07 left before the break. If she does, she’s incredibly hard to protect.
Brittney Griner was second with Team USA with 15 points and led the team with eight rebounds. In the third time, she blocks two shots and scores 10 points, including the last six of the frame. A’ja Wilson, who was the best player in the U.S. preliminary round with 20.3 points per game, scored 10 points, including four consecutive games to end the run 17-0.
Sue Bird (five assists) turned down three of her four trey attempts as she improved from zero to three to six to nine points at the Olympics. Meanwhile, Chelsea Gray has set up a passing clinic with eight assists to go along with her seven points.
The Washington Mystics and Australia guard, Leilani Mitchell, made four tries on ten attempts, including three that came at crucial moments. Her first makes Australia 5-2, her second ends the 17-0 run and her third cuts her team’s deficit to nine one minutes and 23 seconds in the second. However, her 14 points and six assists were not enough to make the game close.
Cayla George added 11 points and seven boards with a defeat, but Marianna Tolo, who scored 26 points and 17 rebounds in Australia’s final preseason, was just six points. Seattle center Ezi Magbegor was held at five. New York Liberty guard Rebecca Allen scored three points and seven rebounds. Storm forward Stephanie Talbot and Phoenix Mercury forward Alanna Smith, who were both pointless in the game in which they appeared in the preliminary round, had four points and one point respectively.
Australia was without its best player in the Las Vegas Aces Center for the entire Olympics, Liz Cambage. Cambage expands as a mental health care. Yet Australia still have five current WNBA players and a roster that beat Team USA in a showdown in Las Vegas in July. His weak 1-2 record in the preliminary round led to a difficult match in the quarterfinals.
Many American fans were nervous that the USA, who were less than excellent in the preliminary round, would be the victims of the match. Instead, the Americans got the chance and achieved their biggest margin of victory at the 2020 Olympics.
The US then made ten more free kicks to Australia and produced 21 turnovers.