RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL—The United States Women’s Basketball team is seeking their sixth straight Olympic Gold Medal. They began the path to this impressive feat with a resounding 121-56 victory over Senegal on Sunday, August 7.
The 65-point win was the largest margin of victory in the Olympics, besting a 60-point win over Zaire in 1996 in Atlanta. It was also the most points scored in a game by a U.S. Women’s Olympic Team.
After the first quarter, the American squad led 35-9. By halftime, the United States had pushed the lead to 64-21, and the score ballooned to 94-38 by the end of the third quarter. Every member of the U.S. team scored at least one basket the rout.
“Real unselfish basketball,” said Brittney Griner in a television interview after the game. “We have to keep doing that every game, every night.”
Diana Taurasi finished the game with 15 points, scoring on all three-point shots.
“Today’s a good start to a very hard tournament,” said Taurasi after the game.
The small African nation is searching for its first victory in its second Olympics, while the Americans won their 42nd straight Olympic game.