Breanna Stewart goes to the basket during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 2, 2021 in Tokyo.
TOKYO – The U.S. women’s basketball team’s road to gold continues after routing France 93-82 in their final group stage game of the Olympic tournament.
In its final game of Group B preliminary round play, the Americans were met with a tough French squad, but were able to post a 93-82 win at the Saitama Super Arena on Monday afternoon.
The game got off to a slow start for Team USA, who found themselves trailing 22-19 at the end of the first quarter. While the game was not a must win for the U.S., they kicked it into high gear to come back and lead 50-44 at halftime.
In the first half, Breanna Stewart led the team with 14 points with rookie forward A’ja Wilson not far behind with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Wilson continued to dominate in the second half and was the game’s leading scorer – ending the game with 22 points and 7 rebounds.
“This is probably the most I’ve ever rebound in my whole career,” said Wilson. “But that’s the biggest thing is just trying to create more possessions for this team. So, I’m just having fun with it.”
Stewart also had seven rebounds and was the second-leading scorer with 17 points. Tina Charles tallied 15 and Brittney Griner added 11.
“I thought we played really well,” said Stewart. “Obviously, there were moments where we could have been better…but I think it’s really hard for teams to match up with us with the five that we have on the court.”