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FIBA Olympic Women’s Qualifying Tournament results: Team USA beats Senegal by 62 to finish undefeated

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Team USA had absolutely no trouble Sunday in the final game of its 2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as the Americans crushed Senegal by a score of 101-39 to finish a perfect 3-0. Rhyne Howard, who made her senior national team debut in this event, went for 25 points to lead all scorers, while Napheesa Collier added 22. Those two outscored Senegal by themselves. 

By virtue of winning the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup, Team USA had already qualified for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, but still participated in the event in order to gain continuity and compete against high-qualify opposition. 

They certainly got a test in their opener against Belgium, which they won in controversial fashion. Breanna Stewart saved the Americans from what would have been a historic defeat with a buzzer-beating tip-in. It should not have counted, though, as Kelsey Plum stepped out of bounds seconds beforehand. The referees missed that call, and Team USA escaped. 

Here’s a look at Team USA’s results:

  • Feb. 8: Team USA 81, Belgium 79
  • Feb. 9: Team USA 100, Nigeria 46
  • Feb. 11: Team USA 101, Senegal 39

Here’s a look at the 12 WNBA stars that represented Team USA in Belgium. It’s important to note these are not necessarily the 12 players that will be on the Olympic roster. 

Ariel Atkins

Guard

Washington Mystics

Aliyah Boston

Center

Indiana Fever

Napheesa Collier

Forward

Minnesota Lynx

Kahleah Copper

Guard

Chicago Sky

Rhyne Howard

Guard

Atlanta Dream

Sabrina Ionescu

Guard

New York Liberty

Jewell Loyd

Guard

Seattle Storm

Kelsey Plum

Guard

Las Vegas Aces

Breanna Stewart

Forward

Free agent

Diana Taurasi

Guard

Phoenix Mercury

Alyssa Thomas

Forward

Connecticut Sun

Jackie Young

Guard

Las Vegas Aces

Seven of the players on the roster — Atkins, Collier, Loyd, Plum, Stewart, Taurasi and Young — have won an Olympic gold medal, while Copper, Ionescu and Thomas have all won a World Cup gold medal. Boston and Howard, the two youngest players on the squad, made the senior national team debuts in Antwerp. 

Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx) was Team USA’s head coach, while Curt Miller (Los Angeles Sparks) and Mike Thibault (Washington Mystics GM) served as her assistants. 

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