The second day of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament took place in Tokyo on Tuesday, July 27. Winners of the past six Olympics, Team USA played its first game at the 2020 Games against Team Nigeria, 81-72. Australia lost to Belgium.
The Nigerian women’s team approaches the start of the 2020 Olympics with four straight defeats, all in friendly matches. Nigeria took turns losing to Belgium (47-79), Spain (52-61), then Belgium again (60-67) and USA (62-93). Before the start of the negative streak, Nigeria secured two victories. First defeating Puerto Rico (89-63), then they also handled Serbia (59-56).
The Nigerian team, despite not being at the highest level overall, has quite powerful and agile performers. And against some teams that are inferior in terms of natural data, Nigeria will look good. Now we have a game against the Americans. And the prospects are far from good.
As mentioned above, the USA beat Nigeria in their final test match before the Olympics, and did so very confidently. There’s a good chance that something similar will happen in this game, as the Americans are in good form and rarely lose. They’ve only lost one game in their previous seventeen, a 67-70 loss to Australia.
The visiting team can play at the highest level in the next game. The Americans, even with their less-than-optimal squad, can easily outplay Nigeria. That was the case a few days ago, and that may be the case in the first round of the Olympics. In terms of shooting and tactics, the Americans are much stronger.
The 15-time Olympic gold medalists from the USA unexpectedly lost their opening game in Tokyo 2020. The American team was defeated by France, 76-83.
The most prolific player of the game was Frenchman Evan Fournier with 28 points. Jrue Holiday contributed 18 points for the USA.
Since the NBA debut at the 1992 Olympics, the USA has won 6 Olympics without a loss in a single game. The only loss came in Athens 2004, when the U.S. lost three games, including the semifinals, leaving them with a bronze medal.
The USA women’s national team defeated the Nigerian team in the first round match of the Olympic tournament in Tokyo.
The meeting ended with a score of 81-72.
In the next round, the Americans will play Japan on July 30, while Nigeria will play France on the same day.