Spain wins a competitive game
The third seed (Spain) and fourth seed team in Group B battle it out in a close competitive competition. The game did not get out of hand until the fourth quarter where Spain outscored China 25-9, who went on to defeated Chinese 89-68.
Alba Torrens led the Spaniards with 32 points, shooting 15-25 in 38 minutes. As a team Spain shot 53.6% from the field with most of their points coming from inside the paint and around the basket. China on the other hand elected to settle for jump shots.
Both teams play again on Friday with China’s matching up against Serbia while Spain suit up to play Senegal.
Taurasi breaks record in US win over Serbia
The United States is expected to cruise to the gold medal and they have defeated every team they have faced in Rio thus far. The US won easily against Serbia, 110-84.
Led by three time Olympian and three time gold medalist Diana Taurasi, the United States led most of the game and had significant leads. Taurasi lead the US with 25 points shooting 7-12 from the field and 6-10 from behind the ark. With her six three pointers she broke the United States women’s basketball record for most three-pointers in a game.
The Americans were perfect from the free throw line, shooting a perfect 26-26. And out rebounding Serbia 46-27.
The Unites States’ next game is on Friday against Canada.
Canada holds off Senegal
Despite outscoring Canada 17-13 in the fourth quarter, and shooting better than Canada, Senegal could not pull off the upset. Canada defeated Senegal 68-58.
Senegal’s Traore led both teams with 24 points. The leading scorer for Canada, Tatham, scored 13 points.
Senegal had a better shooting percentage than Canada, despite losing. Senegal shot 40% from the field while Canada shot 38.8%. Senegal also shot better from behind the arch, shooting 22.2%. Senegal also shot 73.7% from the free throw line, compared to Canada’s 66.7%.
Canada plays the undefeated United States on Friday and must shoot the ball better in order to win.