U.S. women begin Rio Games with record-setting win over Senegal

U.S. women begin Rio Games with record-setting win over Senegal

Diana Taurasi

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.

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 for the United States as she sunk four threes in the opening period. Taurasi’s 12 points in the quarter outpaced the Senegalese team, who had 5 points at the end of the first. Her fifth three-pointer, coming in the third quarter, tied her own U.S. Olympic record for most triples hit 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 BLANK to BLANK the rest of the way.

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