SAITAMA, Japan — With easy execution that has gotten extra spectacular because the Tokyo Olympics have gone on, the U.S. girls’s basketball workforce earned an opportunity to play for a seventh consecutive gold medal with a 79-59 victory over Serbia on Friday.
The Individuals had a transparent and concise sport plan for Serbia, which was the 2016 bronze medalist and gained the coveted Eurobasket title earlier this summer time, and it centered round establishing their star publish gamers.
Whether or not it was Brittney Griner, who got here into the sport capturing 69% from the sector in Japan and completed with 15 factors and 12 rebounds, or A’ja Wilson on the block or Breanna Stewart chopping to the rim, the plan created advantageous positions.
By the fourth quarter the Serbians had had sufficient it, simply fouling Griner when she received the ball inside. In a second that outlined the sport, Serbia ahead Drajana Jovanovic slapped Griner’s arms out of frustration to cease one other shot. Griner simply shook her head with an aggravated smile.
The U.S. made 10 hoops within the paint within the first half alone after which appeared to get out an run in after getting stops for simple baskets. Stewart, who runs the ground brilliantly, knew she had a pace benefit on the Serbians and he or she ran the ground each likelihood she noticed and repeatedly was in a position to get simple baskets. Stewart completed with 12 factors, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Serbia got here in with the fourth-best workforce 3-point share within the Olympics however discovered no airspace in opposition to the USA’s lengthy defenders. They missed their first seven 3-point tries and began the sport 6-of-22 from the ground, aiding the U.S. in constructing an 18-point lead within the first half. They managed simply 30% capturing for the sport.
Chelsea Grey added 14 factors for the Individuals, who gained their 54th consecutive Olympic sport.
The one draw back to the day was an obvious leg harm to veteran guard Diana Taurasi, who limped off within the third quarter and did not return.
Serbia was led by Yvonne Anderson, who was a star on the College of Texas and change into a naturalized Serbian final 12 months, and her 15 factors.