A’ja Wilson netted 19 points and 13 rebounds in her Tokyo Olympic debut to help Team USA beat Nigeria 81-72 in Basketball on Tuesday in the opener for both teams.
The win was the Americans’ 50th consecutive victory in the Olympics dating back to a loss in the semifinals of the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Despite a slow start in the first quarter, Team USA took over in the second going on a 20-0 run heading into the half.
The U.S. scored 26 points in the third quarter, but Nigeria refused to give up.
Led by Ezinne Kalu, Nigeria went on a 12-0 run to start the fourth but in the end, it was Chelsey Gray who stepped up to close out the win for the Americans.
Brittney Griner was the second-leading scorer for the U.S. with 13 points, followed by Diana Taurasi (10), who played in her 33rd career Olympic game.
Brianna Stewart and Sylvia Fowles scored nine points each in the win.
The U.S. women will face Japan on Friday in their second preliminary game.
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