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Marquette Basketball At The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics: 8/6/16

Let’s check in with the former Golden Eagles on their first day of action in Brazil.

Olympics: Basketball-Women's Team-Preliminary Round Group B-CHN vs CAN
KP, playing some defense against China.
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Women’s Basketball

Canada 90, China 68 - The Canadians bombed away from long distance in their opening game of the 2016 Summer Olympics, shooting 11-for-17 (64.7%) on three pointers, on their way to the win over China. Four players scored in double digits for the winners, including a game high 20 points from Tamara Tathem.

Former Marquette forward Katherine Plouffe saw just over 16 minutes of action and scored eight points for Canada. She also grabbed three rebounds, dished three assists, and came up with a steal, all while playing twice as many minutes as her twin sister Michelle.

Men’s Basketball

United States 119, China 62 - If you thought the women’s game between Canada and China was one-sided, well, this was a whole different thing. It was 13-4 after five minutes and 30-10 at the end of the first quarter as the Chinese national team never got any closer than that. Four Americans scored in double figures led by 25 from Kevin Durant, which tied China’s Yi Jianlian for the game high.

Your man Jimmy Butler came off the bench for Team USA, playing 15 and a half minutes. He scored eight points on 2/5 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, handed out four assists, and had a steal as well.

Serbia 86, Venezuela 62 - The winning streak for former Golden Eagles in Brazil was ruined in the late game on the men’s side as Serbia broke this game open by outscoring Venezuela 26-9 in the second quarter. The third quarter wasn’t helpful to Venezuela’s cause, either, as they got outscored 24-18 in that 10 minute period, too.

Both teams spread the scoring out pretty well. Serbia was led by a game high 19 points from Bogdan Boganovic, but nine players scored at least five points. Former Creighton Bluejay Gregory Echenique and Jose Vargas both scored 12 points to lead the way on the losing end.

David Cubillan came off the bench for 15 minutes with just two assists preventing him from posting a 15 trillion by the time the final horn sounded.

Up Next

Monday, August 8

12:15pm: Canada vs Serbia (NBCOlympics.com/Basketball Channel @ 2pm)
5pm: USA vs Venezuela (NBC Sports Network)

All times Central