Web Editorial Associate
To say that the United States Women’s Basketball team got off to a good start with their win against Senegal in Brazil would be an understatement.
In their first official matchup in the Big Games, USA dominated their opponent in Group B from the opening tip-off and cruised to a nearly flawless victory, 121-56.
With no player seeing more than 23 minutes of action, Team USA was able to get out to a quick lead, up 35-9 after 10 minutes, in order to give their athletes some rest.
Diana Taurasi went 5-for-7 from deep, one 3-pointer away from breaking her own Big Games’ record, and her WNBA teammate Brittney Griner was an absolute beast down in the post, finishing with 14 points, seven boards and two blocks.
Angel McCoughtry and Sylvia Fowles provided the U.S with some valuable minutes off of the bench, combining for 26 points, 12 boards and five assists on the afternoon.
The Americans forced Senegal to shoot 35.2 percent from the field and turn the ball over 27 times.
121: On their way to an impressive victory, the Women’s National Team also racked up three records. No other team in the history of the Big Games has scored more points than the Americans did on Sunday afternoon, tallying this mind-blowing point total.
65: Another record the U.S broke on Sunday was the largest margin of victory over an opponent at the Big Games. The Americans were able to win by this many points over Senegal.
36: On their way to scoring over 120 points, Team USA did an amazing job of sharing the ball, finishing the game with this record-breaking number of assists.
64.8: One reason why the Women’s National team was so successful on Sunday was their ability to make the open shot. The Americans managed to put in this impressive percentage of their shots on Sunday afternoon.
7: While Senegal only had one player score 10 points or more, Team USA had this many players on their squad tally double-digit points.
10: Unfortunately for Senegal, the Americans were running on all cylinders on Sunday and tied the record for most 3-pointers in a game at the Big Games by tossing in this many basketballs in from beyond-the-arc.