Japan completed its women’s basketball Cinderella story at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday with a silver medal pursuing a 90-75 reduction to the United States.
But the 1-sided outcome in the remaining at Saitama Super Arena could not acquire the sheen off a historic tournament for head coach Tom Hovasse’s squad, who maintain their heads higher right after profitable Japan’s initial-ever Olympic basketball medal.
Japan faces the United States in the women’s basketball remaining at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 8, 2021, at Saitama Tremendous Arena in close proximity to Tokyo. (Kyodo)
Centre Brittney Griner scored a recreation-higher 30 details for Dawn Staley’s all-conquering aspect, who acquired the U.S. its seventh straight Olympic women’s basketball championship.
Captain Maki Takada led Japan with 17 points though having on the unenviable process of matching up towards the 203-centimeter Griner.
The Americans’ imposing interior defense compelled Japan to rely on details from outdoors the arc early. Guard Nako Motohashi furnished an immediate offensive spark off the bench as Japan’s reserve device saved them in touch in the first half.
The Olympic hosts had no remedy for the inside of existence of Griner, however. The star middle racked up 18 1st-50 percent details to lead the United States into halftime with a 50-39 guide.
The United States pulled away in the next 50 percent, creating an insurmountable guide with a 25-17 third quarter.
Japan gamers pose for a image right after getting silver in the women’s basketball at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 8, 2021, at Saitama Tremendous Arena in the vicinity of Tokyo. Japan missing to the United States in the closing. (Kyodo)(Variety) ==Kyodo