Australia vs USA Women’s Basketball Prediction
The quarterfinals for women’s basketball is soon to be underway, with China and Serbia facing off tonight at 9 p.m. EST. For USA basketball fans on the east coast, the thrill will come early in the morning on Wednesday when the United States takes on Australia at 12:40 a.m. EST.
These rapid-fire, single elimination games bring the world one step closer to donning three groups of talented women in gold, silver and bronze.
The United States Road to the Quarterfinals
The United States has never lost an olympic group stage game. Basketball entered the olympic sphere in 1976 and since then, the United States women have dominated.
The U.S. women's basketball team has never lost a group stage game since the sport was added to the Olympics in 1976 😳
They beat France 93-82 today and are heading to the quarterfinals. pic.twitter.com/Lg9lghZAGQ
— ESPN (@espn) August 2, 2021
The United States is on a hot streak, having won gold at every Olympic games since 2012. If they are able to top the competition once again in 2021 they will earn their seventh gold medal. They already hold a record with six as the most by any women’s traditional team sport and they now have a chance to equal the United States men’s longest streak of seven from 1936 – 1968.
The team has started off exceptionally, as was expected, with three wins to close out the preliminary rounds. On July 27 they came out victorious against Nigeria with a 81 – 72 final. The star for this matchup was A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces as she put up 19 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Just three days later the women were back on the court against Japan and sealed the deal with a 86 – 69 winning performance. Wilson was once again the points leader, but the dominating defense in the second half was the highlight of this game. To close out the preliminaries, they shut down France with a final of 93 – 82. This meeting was much tighter, with the score set at 50 – 44 at the half in favor of Team USA.
The United States have proven once again that they rule the court at the Olympics, but they have three stages left before they have a chance to see the coveted medals. Currently, Australia is the next roadblock awaiting them as they look ahead to the possibility of the Semifinals.
Australia Squeaks In
Australia heads into their matchup against the United States as the underdogs. Their Olympic record is 1-2 after falling to Belgium and China in the preliminaries. They were however able to successfully take on Puerto Rico yesterday and walk away with a 96 – 69 win.
Their win over Puerto Rico was a miracle, as they needed to defeat them by at least 25 points to stay in the games. With 90 seconds left on the clock, Australia was leading by 24 points and a two-pointer from Cayla George put them over the edge and qualified them for the Quarterfinals.
Despite the excitement from the Australians performance, the nail-biting match only solidified why the United States are the favorites.
For the U.S in terms of scoring, Wilson is the obvious star; however, other players have proven essential to this Olympic run as well. Veteran Tina Charles stepped up with a huge three-pointer against France to remind fans why she is a two-time gold medalist. Sue Bird is of course one to watch for the United States, as she is one of, if not the best, athletes in the game with four Olympic gold medals and four FIBA World Cup gold medals.
At the other basket, Australia has Marianna Tolo and Ezi Magbegor leading the pack. Tolo sank 26 points against Puerto Rico and tacked on 17 rebounds during the win. Magbegor, who picked up 10 points in the same game, is a huge asset to Australia. The Seattle Storm player was impressive during exhibition play and assisted in taking down the United States. If Magbegor can find that rhythm again, she could be a huge threat.
Australia vs USA Women’s Basketball Prediction
Although there has been some discussion about whether the United States has been performing their best, they should have no problem taking on Australia. Australia lost their star Liz Cambage prior to the start of the Olympic Games and have had a hard time adjusting without her. While the Australians have struggled to find wins, the United States have extended their Olympic Games winning streak to 52.
The United States are heavily favored for the matchup, with -2500 odds to the Australians +900. In terms of gold medal favorites between the two, it seems to not even be a competition with the United States citing a -500 while the Australians sit at +2200.
Australia does not have what it takes to beat this United States powerhouse of a team. Despite the United States’ shaky playing style, they will still be unbeatable for the Australia Opals who barely made it into these quarterfinals. Lightning doesn’t strike twice and neither do Olympic miracles; this game will likely go to the United States as they continue their quest for their seventh consecutive gold medal.