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Basketball: USA Women Open Olympic Play With Gritty Win Over Nigeria

The U.S. Women’s Basketball team opened up group play with an 81-72 victory over Nigeria at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Tuesday evening, earning their 50th straight win in Olympic play.

Nigeria opened the game strong and took advantage of the turnovers from the USA and led 20-17 after the opening 10 minutes of play. The Americans would take advantage in the second quarter, outscoring Nigeria 27-12, and went on a 23-0 run to take a 12-point lead into the locker room.

“I felt we had to adjust to the style of play that Nigeria was playing, USA Head Coach Dawn Staley said.