Breanna Stewart scored 23 focuses to lead the United States to a 79-55 defeat of Australia in the ladies’ b-ball quarterfinals in Saitama, Japan, drawing one stage nearer to the group’s seventh successive Olympic gold decoration.
The Americans, who retaliated for an astonishing misfortune to Australia pre-Olympic presentation game, will confront Serbia, the authoritative European hero, in the elimination rounds on Friday. Serbia beat China on Wednesday.
“I think our players viewed their eyes that they would not like to return home,” U.S. Mentor Dawn Staley said.
The United States opened a noteworthy lead after the main quarter, stretched out it to 21 focuses by halftime, pushed it to 30 in the second from last quarter and never thought back. Brittney Griner added 15 focuses and 8 bounce back and A’ja Wilson had 10 focuses against Australia, the world’s second-positioned group.
The United States ran its Olympic series of wins to 53 straight games. The current year’s group drives the Olympic competition in scoring, shooting rate, bounce back, helps and squares. However, it might have been roused more by a 70-67 loss against Australia in a warmup game last month in Las Vegas.
“We didn’t speak much about it,” focus Sylvia Fowles said. “We watched film yesterday before training and basically that was its remainder. We make an effort not to pester it, what occurred in Vegas, yet I think everyone got the notice and we knew precisely what occurred.”