The USA men’s team began their Olympic campaign late last night (CET), now today is the turn of the women’s team as they begin their quest for six straight gold medals.
Eurobasket Women champions Serbia open up their maiden Olympic showing against Spain in another mouthwatering encounter.
AUSTRALIA EDGE TURKEY TO GO 2-0
Elizabeth Cambage was once again the catalyst as Australia made it two wins from two with a 61-56 win over Turkey, who are still awaiting their first win of the Rio Olympics.
Cambage posted a second straight double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds in a closely-fought contest, but for Turkey, despite pushing the Opals to the limit, they now fall to 0-2 and are already on a slippery slope in Group A.
Lara Sanders paced the Turks with a game-high 25 points and she added seven rebounds.
FRANCE NEED BUZZER BEATER TO BEAT BELARUS
Endy Miyem hit the game-winner as France beat Belarus 73-72 in a physically intense battle to bring day two of the women’s tournament to a close.
The win improves France to 2-0 while the Belorussians drop to 0-2.
Olivia Epoupa led France with 16 points in the narrow victory.
USA ROUT SENEGAL IN RIO OPENER
The United States only needed the first four minutes to beat Senegal to open their Rio 2016 account, leading from start-to-finish in their 121-56 win.
The reigning gold medallists took a commanding 35-9 lead after the first quarter and from there, it was a case of how many USA would win by. Brianna Stewart, Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles each had 15 points as they were three of seven to reach double figures.
Fatou Dieng paced Senegal with 10 points, but was the only player to reach double figures for the proud African nation.
SPAIN’S OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE GET THE BETTER OVER SERBIA
Spain recorded a 65-59 win over Serbia in a fiercely competitive contest, which certainly brought the crowd to life following the USA’s blowout over Senegal.
With Spain keeping Eurobasket Women 2015 MVP Ana Dabovic quiet, they were able to go about their business but despite Serbia’s key player struggling and failing to connect on a single field goal, the European champions stayed in the game to the end but the 2013 Eurobasket Women winners settled the game with a Astou Ndour layup.
Marta Xargay led Spain with 15 points.