As usual, the Olympians had little time to train together before the Games, with the WNBA’s last game before the Olympic break taking place on July 14. They did not topple their opponents, beating Nigeria by nine points and Japan by 17, but have already qualified for the quarter-finals.
A’ja Wilson was the team’s top performer, averaging 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in the first two games. Not to be outdone, Breanna Stewart also achieves an average double-double.
The Americans hope to avoid repeating the disappointing loss of their male counterparts to France to open their list in Tokyo. The French, one of the best teams in Europe, lost to Japan and then beat Nigeria.
Veteran and former WNBA player Sandrine Gruda, who was part of the France squad that won silver at the London 2012 Olympics, averages 16 points and 9 rebounds per game in Tokyo. Three other players also scored in double digits in their last game.
Elsewhere in the women’s Olympic basketball tournament, Spain went undefeated in Group A, while China and Belgium are both 2-0 in Group C and meet at 4:20 a.m. ET on Sunday. First-medal favorites Australia have had a disappointing Olympics, losing their first two games.