Coming in to the 2016 Summer Olympics, the US women’s basketball team were the favorites to win gold in Rio. A total beating of Senegal in their opening game looked like the Americans weren’t just there to win, they were there to prove a point – decimate the competition.
This is exactly what they did, as the US women’s team beat Senegal in record style, 121-56, topping the most points scored in women’s Olympic basketball, a record they themselves set.
The game started with a 16-2 run by team USA, thanks largely to a barrage from long range by guard, Diana Taurasi, hitting three three-pointers in the opening minutes. All her points came from beyond the arc, finishing with 15 points on five three-pointers.
After the early run by Taurasi and the rest of team USA in the first, Senegal didn’t really stand a chance, going into halftime down 64-21. By then, all members of team USA had scored points, save for guard, Sue Bird. Nonetheless, the team were an unbelievable 70 percent in shot percentage-video game numbers in Olympic fashion.
Senegalese fans in Brazil tried to chime in and voice their support, booing the US whenever they had the ball, but their efforts were all too futile as US beat the Senegalese further into the ground, going 94-38 later in the second half. In the end, Taurasi, Breanna Stewart and Sylvia Fowles each had 15 points, seven players were in double digits, and every player of the team had at least four points.
While the US women’s team beat Senegal in record style, so did the men’s team who also just came from a 57-point pounding of China, less than 24 hours earlier.
The US women’s basketball team will be going up against Spain in their next game, on Monday. From the looks of things, though, these are all just formalities as they ladies make their way to the podium for their sixth consecutive gold medal.
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