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Flashback: U.S. Rally in 93-67 Victory Over China

  • Date:
    Jul 29, 2020

Facing China, a team that ultimate­ly would capture the silver medal, two days later the U.S. exploded in the second half and went on to a 93-67 victory. 

China showed why it was a pre-­Olympic favorite early against the U.S., taking control 18-12. However, the Americans put together two of their most impressive offensive runs of the Olympics.

The USA squad outscored China 22-2 to grab a 34-20 lead with 6:05 remaining in the first half. Finishing the first half strong, the U.S. enjoyed a 47-33 halftime advantage.

China rallied to within four, 54-50, with 14:11 to play, but the American women again went on an offensive tear, this time putting together a 25-2 scoring run to end China's hopes of an upset and earn the USA's 14th consecutive Olympic Games victory.

Claiming a 93-67 vic­tory, the USA was led by Medina Dixon's 19 points, and by 14 points from both Clarissa Davis and Vickie Orr

Again all 11 of the USA's healthy players scored in the contest.

"We turned it around today with our defense. That leads to those streaks (scoring)," said Cynthia Cooper, who finished with eight points. 

"This China team is a very good team," said head coach Theresa Grentz. "With our ability to play defense, play all 94 feet, and to sub­stitute freely, I think that was definitely to our ad­vantage." 

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