In pursuit of their sixth straight Olympic gold medal, the United States proved once again they are the team to beat in the women’s basketball tournament.
It was only the first game for the U.S. women’s basketball team and they’re already breaking their own Olympic records. With the devastating 121-56 win, the U.S. broke their own record for most points scored in the Olympics. The previous record was 114, set in 1992 and tied at the London Olympics.
Diana Taurasi set the tone early, hitting four threes in the first seven minutes against Senegal, en route to a record-breaking six three-pointers in the game. Taurasi’s 12 points in the quarter outpaced the Senegalese team, who had 5 points at the end of the first.
She nailed a fifth three in the third; tying her own U.S. Olympic record for most triples in a game.
The United States held a commanding 64-21 lead going into the main break with every USA player but Sue Bird notching points. Not one to be left out of the offensive festivities, Bird had already dished out seven assists going into half.
The game was all but decided as the teams retook the floor in the third, but the U.S. would not coast the rest of the way. They continued to assert their supremacy, outscoring Senegal 57-35 the rest of the way.
In their Olympic debuts, Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne each made an impact. Griner had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Delle Donne added 11 points, 6 assists and 2 steals of her own.
Breanna Stewart, having just finished her collegiate career at the University of Connecticut playing for Team USA coach Geno Auriemma, also made her first Olympic appearance. Stewart got it going early and had 10 points at halftime. She finished with 15 points, tied with Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles for the game-high.
The U.S. defense smothered Senegal all game long, forcing Senegal into BLANK turnovers. Maya Moore was especially ferocious for the Red, White and Blue, nabbing three steals to add to her 9 points and 4 rebounds.
When the final horn sounded every player on the U.S. had scored and seven had tallied double digits, as the U.S. won by the largest margin of victory in their Olympic history.
The United States play Spain at 11:00 am ET on Monday.