Olympics: Japan’s basketball win streak ends but quarters berth still on


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10:36 10 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 9, Kyodo

Japan had its first loss of the Rio 2016 women’s basketball tournament Tuesday, going down 76-62 to Turkey, who proved too good after getting off to a hot start that even a late Japanese charge could not overcome.

Japan was demolished by Turkey’s U.S. native frontcourt player Lara Sanders who finished the game with 36 points — increasing her Rio Olympics-leading scoring average to 21.7 points per game.

Sanders was unstoppable inside, scoring in a multitude of ways in the paint to finish with 14-18 from the field, 8-9 from the line and seven rebounds in 31:56 of playing time.

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