Rose Hollermann controls the ball during the women's wheelchair basketball semi final match against China at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 2, 2021 in Tokyo.
The U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team won’t get the opportunity to defend its Paralympic gold medal.
Despite taking an early lead, the U.S. ran into a tough defense from China and fell 41-36 in the semifinal matchup on Thursday at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena. The Americans will now face Germany for the bronze medal on Saturday, and they’ll be ready.
“I’m thinking that our journey’s not over yet,” four-time Paralympian Natalie Schneider said. “We’ve still got a lot to play for, so we’ve got to just look forward and get ready for the next game. We have a really young, resilient team, so we’ll be able to bounce back.”
Both the U.S. and China were evenly matched from the field, with the U.S. shooting 32 percent and China 33. The difference came at the free throw line. Team USA had 15 fouls to China’s eight, and China converted those opportunities into 13 out of 16 points. China also out-rebounded the U.S. 34-29.
Rose Hollermann led the U.S. in scoring with 13 points, followed by Lindsey Zurbrugg with nine and Schneider with six. Schneider led Team USA with 10 rebounds, while Hollerman had nine plus five assists, which tied for the team lead with Courtney Ryan.