American basketball women have officially qualified for the semifinals. The United States has no problem with Australia: 79-55. On Friday, they face Serbia in the semifinals, which they beat China 77-70.
The United States, looking for its seventh consecutive Olympic gold, has made a start in the group stage. They won every game, but had to chase after the first quarter.
In the quarterfinals, the American basketball women never let it happen again. Against Australia, the top two places in the world, we have seen again the American dominance that has helped them win gold in the last six Olympics.
American Prina Stewart led her team with 20 points in the first half. After the first quarter, the United States took a big lead of 26-12. Half way through it was even 48-27.
In the second half, Australia could not threaten the United States. So America won the game with a clear 79-55 score.
Australia has never beaten the United States in sports. In 2000, 2004 and 2008 they lost in three consecutive games in the American Basketball Women’s Finals.
Summary USA – Australia
Serbia beat China to advance to the semifinals
American women will know their opponent instantly in the semifinals. Serbia won the quarterfinals 77-70 against China. Serbia star Jelena Brooks. The Serbian was fine for eighteen points.
Serbia, good for bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, went halfway through with a lead. But especially in the second half the Chinese still came. China started the last quarter with a 9-point lead.
It was a strong reader who eventually led the European champion to a narrow victory in the end.
After the win against the Belgian Cats (74-62), China closed the group stage as the team winner.
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