Former Husker Danielle Page scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in a 95-88 win over Senegal to help Serbia advance out of Group B into the quarterfinals at the Rio Olympics.
In Sunday’s win over Senegal, Page hit 7-of-11 shots from the floor including a three-pointer, while adding a pair of blocked shots to give Serbia its second straight win.
PENNY Taylor knows she is running out of time.
The clock is ticking on a meteoric career that will officially end with the WNBA season in October and could draw its final Olympic breath by Thursday morning.
The 35-year-old WNBA trailblazer will retire at season’s end, with Australia’s Opals finally into the cutthroat quarterfinal against Serbia.
Chris Young, Yahoo: A little anger fuels Canada into women’s basketball quarterfinals
Canada’s basketball women should be in a snarling mood when they return Tuesday to the same Olympic quarter-final stage that was their undoing four years ago in London.
The difference means everything, though. At London 2012, it was the unbeatable United States that awaited a less experience Canadian team and ended their tournament. This time around it will be France, and with six French League pros on their roster Canada knows them well.
Spain’s Laia Palau knows better than most the feeling of losing at the Olympics.
No wonder why the three-time Olympian is often seen screaming at her teammates to get things done rightly.
Reporter/Doug: Overseas play has helped US women’s basketball team dominate
The U.S. women’s basketball team’s dominating performances at the Olympics over the past two decades isn’t the result of simply having the best players in the world.
Of course that helps, and continuity plays a major part. But don’t discount the players being well versed in the rules and nuances of international basketball. Diana Taurasi and most of her U.S. teammates spend their offseason playing overseas because of the financial incentives.
Most of the Olympic players are either teammates of the American players or opponents in leagues around the world — including Russia, Turkey, France or China.
The U.S. men’s basketball team, which has won 50 straight international tournament games, is still adjusting to the different style of play in Rio. There are 10 first-time Olympians on that squad, which has been challenged in the tournament.
Cronkite News: Taurasi: ‘Underdog’ approach powers 24-year streak
“We feel like the underdogs, we feel like we have (something) to prove every time we step on the court,” said Taurasi, who is playing in her fourth Olympics. “I think that’s why this run has been so special because we’ve never relaxed, we’ve never disrespected an opponent. There’s that edge every time we step on the court.”
She credits Team USA head coach Geno Auriemma for molding a strong team made up of women more used to being adversaries on the court during WNBA play.
Before the Olympics, Sue Bird said she and Breanna Stewart were joking with Ramu Tokashiki about the chance to potentially play against each other in Rio de Janeiro. The only way that would happen is if both teams advanced to the knockout round, as the United States and Japan were in different groups.
The trio of Storm players held up their ends of the bargain, and the two nations will now meet in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. PT.
“First of all, I’m super happy for her,” Bird told USAB.com. “They worked really hard to get to this point. I’m excited to play against her.”
The Americans will be favourites against Japan and Utsumi says they “don’t have any specific plan to face the USA because they are simply the best team in the world.”
“All we can do is to perform the best way possible,” he continued. “We have to show everything we have been building over the course over the past years.”