Tokyo 2020 Olympics: USA Women's Basketball vs France Preview



USA Forward A'ja Wilson/ Photo Credit USA Basketball

USA 2-0 vs France 1-1

When: Sunday, August 2nd, at 12:40 a.m.

Where: Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan

TV: USA Network


Rosters

USA:

7 Ariel Atkins G 5-11 161 24 Washington Mystics Texas ’18 Dallas, TX

6 Sue Bird G 5-9 150 40 Seattle Storm Connecticut ‘02 Syosset, NY

14 Tina Charles C 6-4 192 32 Washington Mystics Connecticut ‘10 Jamaica, NY

11 Napheesa Collier G/F 6-1 183 24 Minnesota Lynx Connecticut ’19 O’Fallon, MO

5 Skylar Diggins-Smith G 6-0 165 30 Phoenix Mercury Notre Dame ‘13 South Bend, IN

13 Sylvia Fowles C 6-6 212 35 Minnesota Lynx Louisiana State ‘08 Miami, FL

8 Chelsea Gray G 5-11 170 28 Las Vegas Aces Duke ‘14 Manteca, CA

15 Brittney Griner C 6-9 205 30 Phoenix Mercury Baylor ‘13 Houston, TX

4 Jewell Loyd G 5-11 150 27 Seattle Storm Notre Dame ’15 Lincolnwood, IL

10 Breanna Stewart F 6-4 170 26 Seattle Storm Connecticut ‘16 North Syracuse, NY

12 Diana Taurasi G 6-0 163 39 Phoenix Mercury Connecticut ‘04 Chino, CA

9 A’ja Wilson F 6-5 197 24 Las Vegas Aces South Carolina ’18 Hopkins, SC


Head Coach: Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina

Assistant Coach: Dan Hughes

Assistant Coach: Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx

Assistant Coach: Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut Sun

Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Andrews Institute (Fla.)


France:

4 FAUTHOUX Marine PG 20 5-9 LDLC ASVEL FEMININ

5 MIYEM Endene (C) PF 33 6-2 FLAMMES CAROLO

6 CHARTEREAU Alexia PF 22 6-3 BOURGES BASKET

7 GRUDA Sandrine C 34 6-4 SCHIO (ITA)

8 CIAK Helena C 31 6-6 ASVEL FEMININ

10 MICHEL Sarah SG 32 5-11 BOURGES BASKET

11 VUKOSAVLJEVIC Valeriane SF 27 6-0 BASKET LANDES

12 RUPERT Iliana C 20 6-4 BOURGES BASKET

15 WILLIAMS Gabrielle F 24 5-11 SOPRON (HUN)

23 JOHANNES Marine SG 26 5-10 ASVEL FEMININ

39 DUCHET Alix PG 23 5-6 BOURGES BASKET

93 TCHATCHOUANG Diandra SF 30 6-2 BASKET LATTES MONTPELL.


Head Coach: Valerie GARNIER

Assistant Coaches: Gregroy HALIN Gregory, Olivier LAFARGUE


Injury

USA: None

France: None


USA -

84.0 - points per game

70.0 - points against

49.2 - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - A'ja Wilson 19.5

Rebounds - A'ja Wilson 11.5

Assists - Sue Bird 9.5

Steals - Two tied at 1.5

Blocks - A'ja Wilson 2.5


France -

78.5 - points per game

68.0 - points against

48.1 - Field Goal %


Leaders -

Points - Sandrine Gruda 16.0

Rebounds - Sandrine Gruda 9.0

Assists - Gabby Williams 4.5

Steals - Gabby Williams 3.5

Blocks - Gabby Williams 1.0


Keep an eye on:

FEED THE POST: It's been working so far and no one has had an answer. USA's front court depth has been overwhelming and it shouldn't stop tonight against France. A'ja Wilson has been dominant, averaging a team high 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds, Breanna Stewart is doing it all posting 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists per game and Brittney Griner is nearly averaging a double double of her own with 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In two Olympic games, USA's starting front court s averaging 45.5 points and 31 rebounds a game. Don't forget, USA has Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles as reserves. France may bring their own formidable front line with 6'4 center Sandrine Gruda (16 points, 9 rebounds), power forward 6'2 Endene Miyem (12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds) and do everything forward Gabby Williams ( 11 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1 blocks), however, as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, why fix it?




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