Rio visitors have been warned of the risk of muggings during the Olympics but Senegal still could not avoid a brutal beat down as the U.S. women’s basketball team began their bid for a sixth consecutive gold with a 121-56 rout on Sunday.
The result was as predictable as a tourist walking into one of the city’s notorious favelas flashing a fistful of hundred dollar bills with Senegal searching for their first Olympic win going up against the all-conquering U.S., a true Olympic dynasty riding a 41-Games unbeaten run.
By the end of the first quarter, four-time Olympian Diana Taurasi, had outscored the entire Senegal team, 12-9. Heading into the second, Taurasi’s four threes put her on pace to tie her own U.S. Olympic record of five triples in a game.
“Our biggest point going into the game was getting off to a good start,” Taurasi said. “We know how important momentum is in these tournaments, where if you get off to a good start, that kind of carries into the first game and into the next game, which is tomorrow. That was crucial, and I thought we did a good job of that.”
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After setting Olympic records for points scored and margin of victory in their Olympic opener, U.S. guards Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird defended the lopsided score _ a 121-56 victory over Senegal.“We share the ball, we move the ball, we make the right plays at the right time, and that to me is a great brand of basketball,” Bird said. “And if we can elevate the play, if people strive to play that way and we can elevate the play of the entire world then what’s better than that for the world of basketball? Nothing.”
Four-time Olympian Sue Bird took a deep breath before answering whether a 65-point blowout in Olympic play was a positive.
“I mean, how many times have I heard this question? I really don’t care, truthfully,” Bird said. “There’s something to be said about a team that can come together in two weeks and play the way we’re playing right now.
Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and the United States cruised to a 121-56 win over Senegal on Sunday in their first game of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Stewart tied for the most points in the game with 15, while Bird led all players with eight assists as the Americans broke their own Olympic records for points and margin of victory.
Despite the roller coaster of emotions she likely was feeling, Stewart was able to keep a cool head about her and settled into the scoring role that has been her bread and butter for years. At the end of the contest Stewart’s 15 points were tied for a game-high while her 83% shooting from the field (5-for-6) was the best mark among any player on the floor.
USA Basketball wasted no time asserting its dominance in a 121-56 victory over Senegal on Sunday in Brazil, setting the single-game record for points in a game.
The extent to which the depth of talent manifested itself as a strategic advantage can be gleaned from this stat: every USA Basketball player scored with the exception of starting point guard Sue Bird—in the first half. (Bird settled for eight assists before getting her first basket early in the fourth quarter.)
Here are three takeaways from the first game:
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Brittney Griner says playing basketball in the Olympic Games was a dream she never knew she had until it came true.
Griner, 25, the former Nimitz and Baylor University center who now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and for UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Russian Premier League, said it took years into her career before she could imagine becoming one of three first-time Olympians on the USA Basketball women’s team, arguably the most dominant unit in any Olympic team sport with five consecutive gold medals.
“I started playing basketball late, and, even in high school, I didn’t know how good I could be or I would get to that level,” she said. “It wasn’t until I got to my senior year in college that I knew I had a chance to go (to the WNBA), and then (the Olympics) became a reality of something that I wanted to do.”
Liz got in foul trouble (surprise! not) and Australia struggled – but they eked out a 61-56 win over Turkey.
Spain had it’s issues, too, but came out victorious over Serbia, 59-65.
France escaped Belarus, 73-72, courtesy of a last second shot by
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The last three Summer Olympics clearly reveal the progress made. In 2008, 12 LGBT athletes participated in Beijing. In London in 2012, that number rose to 22. Now, in Rio, there are 43. And that number is expected to grow even higher in the future.
“The sports world is far more evolved on LGBTQ issues than we give it credit for,” said Cyd Zeigler, a founder of Outsports.com. “While there may still be issues in some front offices, the athletes and fans have been ready, willing and able to accept and welcome gay teammates and colleagues for many years.”
I believe in leading by example. On and off the court, I want my actions to speak for my character. As a professional athlete, I know the power of the platform I have and the significance of the impact I can make. In 2013, I started the Hopey’s Heart Foundation, named after my late aunt Maureen “Hopey” Vaz; it’s an AED grant program that to date has donated more than 200 AED’s worldwide. When my aunt passed away, I was determined to create something reflective of her giving nature, the same values she helped instill in me. In years past, I have donated half of my WNBA salary to my foundation; this year, I donated my entire salary. When I stand for something, I do so with my full conviction.
In July, a series of headline-grabbing fatalities shook me to my core.