The Americans regained their form, and the Belgian Cats qualified for their second consecutive Olympics. Nigeria also qualified for the Olympics.
Day two of the 2024 FIBA Olympic Qualification Tournament for women’s basketball concluded in Antwerp, Belgium. Let’s see the results.
USA 100, Nigeria 46
Less than 24 hours after having to play both sides and “what could have been” if the U.S. almost lost to the Cats (Belgium has a Mystics player not named Emma) I was forced to play that game too), so I was able to do it. Finally, enjoy the simple story.
The Americans crushed Digres from start to finish. It is true that Nigeria led by three points at the beginning of the game, but let’s be honest. Team USA dominated from start to finish, defeating the Women’s Afro Basketball champions by two points on the scoreboard.
Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins started but played just eight minutes. We don’t know if it’s because she’s a shot-in for the actual Olympic team or because she could be passed on to someone else, but the Mystics we care about in this article There wasn’t much to write about the players of the game. So let’s conveniently talk about Team USA.
Seattle Storm guard Jewell Lloyd led Team USA in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Atlanta Dream forward Rhyne Howard added 14 points off the bench. The Americans made 15 of 31 shots, while the Nigerians only made 2 of 18 from three. Ditigres was also limited to just…27.7% shooting.
Ditigres defeated Senegal yesterday, so if the Cats deal with it in the next few hours, they will get a ticket to the Olympics anyway. And while the Americans are just playing these games as a rehearsal for the actual Olympics, I think this is a good thing because it allows the world’s top powers to go toe-to-toe with the American team.
So how was Belgium?
Belgium 97, Senegal 66
In the second game of the night, the Belgian Cats will be our first in the past seven years since we began covering the game with multiple past Mystics players playing for the current women’s basketball world power. finally looked like the type of team they had become accustomed to. .
A day after being stopped by Team USA, former WNBA player Emma Measman finally played like Emma Measman, scoring 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds in less than 30 minutes. Additionally, Mystics signee Julie Vanloo added 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. With this victory, the Cats will qualify for the Olympics for the second consecutive year. It also means Nigeria is heading to the Olympics.
Yassin Diop led Senegal with 22 points.
Qualifying ends on Sunday, with Team USA facing Senegal and Belgium facing Nigeria.