It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the U.S. women’s basketball team handled its business against its first Olympic opponent.
Team USA found itself trailing in the first half of Tuesday’s group-play game against Nigeria, but the Americans managed to walk away with an 81-72 win, pushing their Olympic winning streak to 50 straight games. Despite the margin of victory being smaller than expected, Team USA guard Sue Bird was encouraged by the performance.
“I think the best part about this game for us is that from quarter one to quarter two, you saw we settled down,” Bird said. “There was a little bit of adjustment. We calmed down, and we were able to play our game.”
Up next for Team USA is a matchup with Japan, which defeated France in its Olympic opener behind a strong showing from the 3-point line. Japan hit five of its 11 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc.
“I love the way Japan plays,” Team USA guard Diana Taurasi said. “Just when you think you’ve got it covered, there’s another 3-point shooter, so we have our work cut out for ourselves.”
Here is a complete guide to watching the USA vs. Japan women’s basketball game at the 2021 Olympics, including the start time, a full TV schedule and live-streaming information.
USA vs. Japan start time
- Date: Friday, July 30
- Time: 12:40 a.m. ET | 9:40 p.m. PT
The U.S. women’s basketball team will resume group play vs. Japan at 12:40 a.m. ET on Friday, July 30. It will also face France in the group stage.
What channel is USA vs. Japan basketball on?
- TV channels: USA Network
- Live stream: NBCOlympics.com
The next two games on Team USA’s Olympic schedule will be available to watch on USA Network. Games can also be streamed via NBCOlympics.com.
Olympics live streams
NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will provide coverage of select live events, including track and field, gymnastics and basketball. A Peacock Premium subscription (no ads) costs $4.99 per month.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|AT&T TV Now||No||No||$69.99/month||No|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$64.99/month||Yes|
USA basketball schedule 2021
Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group B. Its group-play opponents will be France, Japan and Nigeria.
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 27||USA 81, Nigeria 72||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|July 30||USA vs. Japan||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 2||USA vs. France||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 3-4||Women’s basketball quarterfinals||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 6||Women’s basketball semifinals||TBD||TBD|
|Aug. 7||Women’s basketball gold-medal game||10:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Aug. 7||Women’s basketball bronze-medal game||3 a.m.||TBD|