Wilson Leads US to Quarters with 93-82 Win Over France
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — A’ja Wilson scored 22 points and Breanna Stewart added 17 to help the U.S. beat France 93-82. The win was the 52nd in a row for the U.S. dating back to the bronze medal game of the 1992 Olympics. The U.S. women went undefeated in group play _ albeit not in the dominant fashion the team is used to _ and advanced to the quarterfinals. The Americans haven’t lost a game in group play since women’s basketball was added to the Olympics in 1976. Even with the loss, France advanced to the quarterfinals because of point differential with the other third-place teams.
A'ja being A'ja: Reigning WNBA MVP leading US into quarters
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — A’ja Wilson insists she’s just one of the newcomers on the U.S. women’s national team. She's just “one of the young guns” trying to soak up every bit of her first Olympics. She is doing that, and much more. The reigning WNBA MVP is making her presence felt at the Tokyo Games on a loaded U.S. roster. Wilson has led the Americans in scoring in each of their three games in pool play. She's averaging a double-double heading into the quarterfinals. U.S. coach Dawn Staley says “A'ja is just being A'ja" with the added benefit of playing with very talented teammates like five-time Olympians Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.