The U.S. women’s basketball team's Olympic winning streak has been extended to 52 after a 93-82 win over France. Leading the way for them was A’ja Wilson’s 22 points and Breanna Stewart’s 17 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
Although the team didn’t dominate as they usually do, they went undefeated in group play and advanced to the quarterfinals.
The team finished group play 3-0, extending their undefeated streak which began in 1976 when women’s basketball was added to the Olympics.
“It was good to continue to play against the other best countries in the world,” Stewart said. “As we continue to get ready for quarter-finals we know that this road hasn’t been and won’t be easy going forward. Just want to be as prepared as possible.”
Up next for the United States will be Australia, as the two were paired after the tournament bracket draw. The game is a rematch of their July 16 meeting, in which the Aussies prevailed in an exhibition meeting 70-67.
Having gone against different nations, it presented the Americans with different looks and styles. Something Stewart and her teammates did not take for granted and used as a learning tool.
“I think it was a variety of styles of play. We played Nigeria who’s really physical. We played Japan who runs all over the place and can hit threes, and France is a solid team across the board. I think it shows we’re able to adjust and adapt and do what we do.”
Stewart was one of the leading forces for her team in pool play. Having averages of 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists.