Little has come straightforward for the U.S. girls’s basketball group this Olympics, however the Individuals are nonetheless by to the quarterfinals.
Workforce USA edged France, 93-82, in a tough fought match on Monday, marking the nation’s 52nd consecutive win.
The French made a critical bid at upending that historic streak and handing the U.S. its first Olympic loss since 1992. After a back-and-forth preliminary three quarters, France scored the primary 4 factors of the fourth quarter to take a stunning 72-71 lead.
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The U.S. managed to rebound, outscoring France 22-11 the remainder of the best way.
In besting the French, the Individuals concluded a 3-0 group play slate that included aggressive victories over France, Nigeria and Japan. The U.S. has but to lose a gaggle play sport since 1976, the primary 12 months girls’s basketball was an Olympic sport.
“Does everybody need us to come back out and blow everyone out? Some folks do and really feel like that’s alleged to occur,” U.S. coach Daybreak Staley stated after the sport. “For us, we’ve identified we’re in a dogfight each time we step on the ground. In case you simply perform a little analysis, you’ll know that is the way it’s alleged to be. It’s uncomfortable for us, it’s uncomfortable for the folks which are watching as a result of we’re not blowing groups out, however it’s nice for many who flip the tv on and watch.”
The U.S. will subsequent play within the quarterfinals on Wednesday, towards an opponent to be decided.
“Every group is sort of a new puzzle so we’re continually gaining data,” star level guard Sue Chook stated. “These groups have all precipitated us to regulate and adapt, and I feel we’ve completed a reasonably good job of that.”