Olympic Update: Quarterfinals

Olympic basketball group play has come to an end, and the four women’s quarterfinal games will be held on Tuesday. Both Tamika Catchings (USA) and Natalie Achonwa (Canada) helped their nations advance to the quarterfinals.

The top four teams from each group advanced, with the two group winners, Australia and Team USA, going undefeated through their five-game round robin.

Team USA will face Japan, the fourth-place team from Group A, at 5:45 p.m. ET. Japan went 3-2 in group play, but gave Australia one of its toughest games of the stage, falling 92-86 Thursday evening. The nation boasts one WNBA player, the Seattle Storm’s Ramu Tokashiki.

Canada won its first three games in Group B before falling to the United States (81-51) on Friday and Spain (73-60) on Sunday to finish in third place at 3-2. Canada will take on France, the second-place team out of Group A, at 9:15 p.m. ET.

Catchings is averaging 3.8 points and three rebounds per game on a loaded American squad, and Achonwa has posted 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Bracket courtesy of fiba.com
Bracket courtesy of fiba.com