Upset? Not if Maya Moore can help it.
The Team USA women’s basketball squad almost ran into trouble against Japan, but an explosive second half led to another rout, this time 110-64.
A 10-point lead at halftime turned into a 33-9 run to start off the third quarter. Japan had no answer for the Americans as their shooting percentage went from 50 to 34 percent within minutes.
Maya Moore’s 19 points tied for the team-high, scoring 12 points in the first quarter. The rest of the team struggled to find a rhythm as Japan threw them for a loop with unusually quick shooting and ball movement. Brittney Griner had a slow start, but was still able to contribute defensively with three clutch blocks in the paint.
A knee injury to Sue Bird in the second quarter leaves her status questionable for the next game on Thursday against the winner of Canada vs. France.
In other Black Girl Magic news…
- After a mistake on the beam cost her a gold medal on Monday, Simone Biles rebounded to collect her fourth gold medal after yesterday’s flawless floor exercise! Her routine was nearly perfect as she earned a 15.966 and raging applause from a full crowd in Rio. The 19-year-old flaunted glittery eyelashes and pearly whites with every soaring flip, flirty twirl, and precise leap. This brought her total medal count to five, tying her with past gymnast greats such as Mary Lou Retton (1984), Shannon Miller (1992), and Nastia Liukin (2008) for most medals won at a single Olympics. Something tells me the 4’8 powerhouse is far from done. Meanwhile, Biles’ partner in crime, Aly Raisman, won silver for her jaw-dropping floor exercise. Winning three medals in Rio, and six overall, Raisman is the most successful , six overall, the most of any other US gymnasts. As a team, the Final Five racked up a total of 13 medals, the most of any women’s gymnastics team since 1984. Congrats to the entire Team USA gymnastics program for a successful Rio 2016 run!
- In track and field, Tori Bowie won the silver medal in the women’s 100m finals last night with a time of 10.83. She came only hundredths of a second behind Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. She will be competing again tonight in the 200m finals, looking for the second medal of this year’s games.
- For 17-year-old Sydney McLaughlin, placing fifth in the 400m hurdles semifinals was not enough to advance her to Thursday night. However, she put it all into perspective with one simple quote, “It’s just the end of my season, not the end of my career.” She is absolutely right, being the youngest competitor on America’s track and field team this summer.
Kayla Solomon is a new contributor to AllSportsEverything.com. She attends Temple University for nine months out of the year, but will be here in New York all summer! Follow Kayla on Twitter at@dontKAYme, Instagram at @kayla_nyree. Also, find her writing weekly on blackaphillyated.com and on her personal blog, dearfuturekay.wordpress.com.