It certainly wasn’t nice, but the US women’s basketball team did their business against their first Olympic opponent.
Team USA were trailing Nigeria in the first half of Tuesday’s group game, but the Americans took it 81-72, increasing their Olympic winning streak to 50 straight games. Although the lead on victory was less than expected, Team USA guard Sue Bird was encouraged by the performance.
“I think the best thing about this game for us is that from the first quarter through the second we saw that we calmed down.” Vogel said. “There was a small adjustment. We calmed down and could play our game.”
Next up for Team USA is a matchup against Japan, which France defeated in their Olympic opener with a strong performance from the 3-point line. Japan hit five of its eleven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and shot over 40 percent out of the way.
“I love the way Japan plays,” said Team USA guard Diana Taurasi. “Just when you think you’ve made it, there’s another 3-point shooter so we have our work to ourselves.”
Here is a complete guide on how to watch the USA vs. Japanese Women’s Basketball game in the 2021 Olympics, including the start time, a full TV schedule, and live streaming information.
USA vs. Japan start time
- At your place: Friday July 30th
- Time: 12:40 p.m. ET | 9:40 p.m. PT
The U.S. women’s basketball team will play the group game vs. Japan at 12:40 p.m. ET on Friday, July 30th. In the group stage it also meets France.
Which channel is USA vs. Japan basketball on?
- TV channel: USA network
- Live broadcast: NBCOlympics.com
The next two games on Team USA’s Olympic schedule will be aired on the USA Network. Games can also be streamed via NBCOlympics.com.
Olympic live streams
NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will feature select live events including athletics, gymnastics and basketball. A Peacock Premium subscription (no ads) is $ 4.99 per month.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription required?||Free?||costs||Free trial?|
|Peacock Premium||no||no||$ 4.99 / month||Yes|
|fuboTV||no||no||$ 64.99 / month||Yes|
|AT&T TV Now||no||no||$ 69.99 / month||no|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||no||no||$ 64.99 / month||Yes|
|YouTube TV||no||no||$ 64.99 / month||Yes|
USA basketball schedule 2021
Team USA is one of 12 teams that qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It plays in group B. Its opponents in the group game are France, Japan and Nigeria.
|With you||game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 27th||USA 81, Nigeria 72||12:40 p.m.||USA network|
|30th July||USA vs. Japan||12:40 p.m.||USA network|
|August 2nd||USA vs. France||12:40 p.m.||USA network|
|3rd August||Women’s basketball quarterfinals||still open||still open|
|6th of August||Women’s basketball semifinals||still open||still open|
|August 7th||Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Game||10:30 p.m.||still open|
|August 7th||Women’s Basketball Bronze Medal Game||3 a.m.||still open|