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2021 Olympic Women’s Basketball Standings, Results, Bracket, Schedule: United States Tops Nigeria in Opener

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  • Women's basketball at the 2021 Olympics is underway.
  • The U.S. is a massive favorite to win gold at -1100 ($110 bet wins $10), and beat Nigeria 81-72 to open its quest for a seventh straight gold.
  • Here's everything you need to know about women's basketball at the Toyko Olympics.

Team USA women’s basketball goes for it seventh straight gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which kick off Sunday night.

The U.S. topped Nigeria in its opener, 81-72.

Six of the 12 players have Olympic experience, combining for a total of 15 gold medals, including Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, who both return for a fifth Olympics.

The United States are heavy favorites to win gold (-1100), but it wasn’t a cake walk through their final exhibitions, as the Americans dropped two of their final three scrimmages (Australia and WNBA All-Stars), before beating Nigeria to close out the final tune-up.

Both the men’s and women’s tournaments consist of 12 teams placed among three different groups. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals as well as the top two third-place finishers.

A draw will then take place following the completion of the group-stage games to determine quarterfinal matchups. The winners of each group and the best second-place team will be placed in one pot and while the two remaining second-place teams and two best third-placed teams are placed in another pot. Teams from the same group cannot play each other in the quarterfinal round.

Olympic Women’s Basketball Groups

Group Standings

Group A

South Korea2

Spain and Serbia were favored to advance from this group, with +125 and +190 odds, respectively on DraftKings to win Group A.

Group B

United States2

France has the second best odds to win this group (+900) behind the U.S. (-5000).

Group C

Puerto Rico1

Australia, who beat Team USA earlier this month, had -220 odds to win Group C but dropped its first game to Belgium.

Olympic Women’s Basketball Schedule

Sunday, July 25

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Spain 73, Korea 699 p.m.N/A

Monday, July 26

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Serbia 72, Canada 684:20 a.m.N/A
Japan 74, France 709 p.m.N/A

Tuesday, July 27

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
United States 81, Nigeria 7212:40 a.m.USA
Belgium 85, Australia 704:20 a.m. ETN/A
China 97, Puerto Rico 558 a.m.N/A

Wednesday, July 28

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Canada 74, South Korea 539 p.m.N/A

Thursday, July 29

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Spain 85, Serbia 704:20 a.mN/A
Belgium vs. Puerto Rico9 p.m.N/A

Friday, July 30

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
United States vs. Japan12:40 a.m.USA
France vs. Nigeria4:20 a.m.N/A
China vs. Australia8 a.m.N/A

Saturday, July 31

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Canada vs. Spain9 p.m.USA

Sunday, August 1

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
South Korea vs. Serbia8 a.m.USA
Nigeria vs. Japan9 p.m.N/A

Monday, August 2

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
United States vs. France12:40 a.m.USA
China vs. Belgium4:20 a.m.N/A
Puerto Rico vs. Australia8 a.m.N/A

Tuesday, August 3

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Quarterfinal 18 a.m.N/A

Wednesday, August 4

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Quarterfinal 212:40 a.m.USA
Quarterfinal 34:20 a.m.N/A
Quarterfinal 48 a.m.N/A

Friday, August 6

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Semifinal 112:40 a.m.NBC
Semifinal 27 a.m.N/A

Saturday, August 7

GameTime (ET)TV Channel
Bronze Medal Game3 a.m.CNBC
Gold Medal Game10:30 p.m.NBC

Odds to Win Gold Medal

Odds as of July 20 and via DraftKings

United States-1100
South Korea+50000
Puerto Rico+50000


  • Ariel Atkins (Guard, Washington Mystics)
  • Sue Bird (Guard, Seattle Storm)
  • Tina Charles (Center, Washington Mystics)
  • Napheesa Collier (Guard/forward, Minnesota Lynx)
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith (Guard, Phoenix Mercury)
  • Sylvia Fowles (Center, Minnesota Lynx)
  • Chelsea Gray (Guard, Las Vegas Aces)
  • Brittney Griner (Center, Phoenix Mercury)
  • Jewell Loyd (Guard, Seattle Storm)
  • Breanna Stewart (Forward/center, Seattle Storm)
  • Diana Taurasi (Guard, Phoenix Mercury)
  • A’ja Wilson (Forward, Las Vegas Aces)

Coaches: Dawn Staley (head coach), Dan Hughes (assistant), Cheryl Reeve (assistant), Jennifer Rizzotti (assistant)

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