In a dramatic quarter-final match that featured a tense and action-packed fourth quarter, France outlasted Spain 67-64 to advance to the women’s basketball semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. . This will be France’s third consecutive semi-final at the Summer Olympics; the French won the last medal in 2012 when they won silver.
While France quickly took the lead (21-16 after the first quarter and 36-30 at halftime) and led up to 10 points in the fourth quarter, a valiant Spanish effort made it the competition from anyone during the critical period, during which the teams traded both baskets and errors in heartbreaking ways. Even the French placement that sealed the deal – a rider from Marine Johannès – barely counted, dropping with just 0.1 seconds on the shot clock to fend off Spain’s attempt to return as a last resort.
In the end, Spain’s enormous advantage in offensive rebounds (17-5) and forced turnovers (19-13) were not enough to compensate for his cold shot (34%). Astou Ndour-Fall concluded his solid trip to Tokyo with an impressive 16-point, 11-rebound performance, but Spain only hit five 3-pointers and couldn’t concede several late-game shots on the rim – shots that would have changed the course of the game and possibly the tournament itself.
Instead, France will move into familiar Olympic territory. Host Japan, who just won a thrilling quarter-final victory, awaits you. The game is scheduled for Friday at 7 a.m. ET.