Huge 2nd Half Propels USA Past Japan In Quarterfinals

Todd Barin

Web Editorial Associate

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After a competitive first half, the Women’s National Team came out on fire on both ends of the court on Tuesday afternoon and outscored a talented Japan squad 54-18 in the final 20 minutes, leading to a 110-64 quarterfinal victory.

The Japanese National Team had an upset in mind coming into the game and did their best to keep things close at the beginning of the contest. Only trailing by 10 at halftime, the Americans used their stifling defense to force Japan to shoot only 33.8 percent from the field throughout the game.

The four Minnesota Lynx players (Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles) really came to play on Tuesday in Brazil, combining for 49 points, 14 boards, 12 assists, four steals and two blocks.

Diana Taurasi continued her mind-blowing international play and tossed in 19 points while going 5-for-8 from beyond-the-arc.

Japan’s forwards (Mika Kurihara, Sanae Motokawa and Ramu Tokashiki) all played solid in the contest and combined for 38 points, eight boards, seven assists and three steals.

Numbers Game:

24: Once again using their size extremely well and to their advantage, the Americans outrebounded Japan’s Women’s National Basketball team by this many in 40 minutes of play. Seven players on Team USA hauled in at least three rebounds.

61: The U.S brought their shooting stroke with them on Tuesday and shot better than this percentage from both the field and 3-point range. Team USA made 47 field-goal attempts in the game while Japan only was able to muster 24 made shots.

7: The Americans have done a great job all tournament getting in passing lanes and blocking shots. That trend didn’t falter on Tuesday as Team USA was able to block this many more shots than the Japanese were.

5: Talk about playing angry. The U.S seemed to come out with something to prove in the final period of the quarterfinal game as they held Japan to this many points in the last ten minutes of play.

Up Next: Team USA will take on France on Thursday, Aug. 18th at 5 p.m.