Diana Taurasi competes at the FIBA Americas Pre-Olympic Qualifying tournament on Nov. 17, 2019 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
The U.S. women’s basketball team completed an unbeaten run through the FIBA Americas Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a dominating 104-48 win against Colombia on Sunday.
A’ja Wilson, who was the youngest member of the 2018 World Cup team, scored a game-high 23 points and had a game-high nine rebounds in the game played in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
Arike Ogunbowale and Diamond DeShields each scored 17 points. Ogunbowale hit all five 3-point shots she took and DeShields had nine rebounds as the U.S. won the rebounding battle by nearly double (50 to 27).
The U.S. also topped Brazil by a score of 76-61 and host Argentina 91-34 earlier in the tournament en route to winning Group B.
Team USA, which will seek its seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal next year, has already qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by winning the 2018 FIBA World Cup.
The Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be held in February.
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The U.S. has won nine consecutive games internationally, including a gold medal in the FIBA AmeriCup, and is 12-1 overall. The University of Oregon, the top-ranked team in NCAA women’s basketball, upset Team USA on its college tour in a game played Nov. 9.
The tournament in Argentina touched four-time Olympic gold medalist and native Californian Diana Taurasi, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Argentina. Taurasi visited the country when she was 13 and played in Argentina for the U.S. U18 women’s national team in 2000.
“They’re some of the most passionate, best fans in the world,” Taurasi told usab.com. “So, just to be able to play at home, this late in my career, there’s nothing like it. To be able to wear the U.S. jersey here in Argentina again, it’s pretty awesome.”
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic and Paralympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.