The final day of group stage games in the 2020 Olympic Games has been completed. Let’s recap games featuring Washington Mystics players here:
USA defeats France, 93-82
Les Bleues led Team USA 72-71 with just nine minutes left in the game, but the Americans went on a 22-10 run the rest of the way to come out with the victory. Tina Charles scored 15 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting and also made all three of her three pointers. The WNBA three point line is the same distance as the FIBA three so this will be very promising for Mystics fans when the post-Olympic break schedule begins in a couple weeks.
Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson led the USA with 22 points and Endene Miyem led France with 15 points.
This was a good test for the Americans because either they or France was winning Group B. There were six lead changes, five ties and France led outright for about 11 minutes in this game as opposed to 25 for the USA.
Belgium upset by China 74-62
Before watching this game, I was originally thinking that Belgium would moonwalk to the No. 1 seed for Group C. But China had other plans.
The Chinese, who already upset Australia earlier in the group stage shot 51.7 percent from the field and 7-of-16 from three while holding the Belgian Cats to just 40.9 percent shooting and 2-of-18 shooting from three to beat them 74-62.
Don’t blame Emma Meesseman though. She still scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The backcourt of Indiana Fever floor general Julie Allemand and Kim Mestdagh still scored 12 points each. That said, the rest of the Cats combined to score 14 points. This seems to be a random bad game, but Belgium seems to have a thing for losing a game at random times.
That said, perhaps it was a convenient (and strategic) loss as well. That’s because Belgium, who already advanced to the quarterfinals, won’t have to face the USA until the Gold Medal game, if both teams make it that far of course.
Yueru Li led the Chinese with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Australian Opals beat Puerto Rico, 96-69
Australia was blown out by Belgium and upset by China in the group stage. But those disappointing results weren’t going to stop them from a 96-69 rout over Puerto Rico.
The first half of the game was a recipe for potential disaster for the Opals, since the Puerto Rican’s were leading for most of the first half though they led slightly 45-44. In the second half, the Australians’ talent pulled through.
Leilani Mitchell scored 12 points and dished 6 assists for the Opals and Mariann Tolo scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds off the bench for their lone win in group play. For Puerto Rico, Jazmon Gwathmey, a DMV native where she played at Liberty High School in Fauquier County, Va. and at college at James Madison scored 26 points.