This was a contest between the top two nations on the FIBA Women's rankings but the game was one-sided from pretty early on.
Team USA cruised to a 79-55 victory, extending their unbeaten streak at the Olympics to 53 games and making it to yet another semifinal appearance.
Meanwhile, for the Opals, this is the second consecutive quarterfinal exit after five consecutive medal-winning Olympics.
Complete performance! 🇺🇸 #USABWNT moves on to the #Tokyo2020 semifinals vs 🇷🇸 Serbia!@breannastewart 23 PTS@brittneygriner 15 PTS@cgray209 8 AST pic.twitter.com/I55wf2lYJH- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 4, 2021
For more on this commanding win, we have you covered with some takes below.
Opals fall behind big early
The game was close but only for the first 2:40 minutes when both teams were tied at six and the Opals even held the lead for a bit.
However, for the rest of that quarter, they simply couldn't keep up with Team USA as the five-time reigning gold medalists outscored them 20-6, including a 17-0 run, for the rest of the first quarter.
What a start! A 17-0 run pushes us out front.- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 4, 2021
END 1Q | 🇺🇸 26 🇦🇺 12#Tokyo2020 #Basketball pic.twitter.com/834DxvuD8q
Team USA never gave up that control, in fact, they kept their foot on the pedal and extended their dominance as they led by as many as 29 in this game.
While Team USA ran away with it, the Opals didn't help their case with as many as 15 of their 21 turnovers coming in the first half alone.
Breanna Stewart takes charge
Breanna Stewart was the game's scoring leader with 23 points in 24 minutes on an incredible 8-of-10 shooting efficiency. That's not all, she was also recorded five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
20 of Stewart's 23 points came in the first half, playing a huge role in Team USA holding a 21-point halftime lead. She was one of three Team USA members in double figures with A'ja Wilson (10) and Brittney Griner (15) combining for 25.
Have a game, @breannastewart!- Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) August 4, 2021
Stewie is leading the scoring with 20 points for @TeamUSA at the half! 🔥🔥🔥#TakeCover x @usabasketball pic.twitter.com/XVoakhWe7A
For the Opals, Leilani Mitchell top-scored with 14 points while also recording six assists, three rebounds and two steals. Cayla George, with 11, was the other double-digit scorer.
Team USA dominates across the board
As the scoreline would suggest, Team USA registered this victory by dominating across the board. However, their biggest win came in the turnover battle.
They scored 21 points off the Opals' 20 turnovers while only allowing 11 despite committing 18 turnovers themselves. Team USA outscored the Opals in the paint (32-22), on the fastbreak (18-6), at the free-throw line (16-6) and assisted on 24 of their 28 field goals attempts.
They shot 45 percent from the field and 37 percent on their seven 3-pointers, whereas, the Opals shot 30 percent from the field and 27 percent on their seven 3-pointers, four of which came from Mitchell.
In their quest for their seventh consecutive gold medal, Team USA will face Serbia in the semifinal.
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