The biggest shocker in basketball at the Games so far was France’s victory today over Australia in overtime, 74-70. To get to the extra period, Belinda Snell hit a half-court shot for the Aussies at the buzzer. The resulting loss made for an emotional roller coaster.
Both Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage fouled out of the game.
Not to be outdone for heart attacks, Canada faced Great Britain and a very vocal crowd today, and they came from behind to win, 73-65.
Team USA easily crushed Angola, 90-38. Candace Parker was on fire from the tip, and lead the way with 14 points. Her four blocked shots today is a U.S. women’s Olympics single-game record.
Russia defeated Brazil, 69-59.
China pummeled Croatia, 83-58.
Turkey beat the Czech Republic, 61-57.
Other Team USA items:
This year has been a giant leap for women, but hurdles remain.
The U17 team will reconvene this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. They play for the World Championships Aug. 17-26, in the Netherlands.