Japan stun No.1 seed France in women's Olympic upset

25 Jul 2021

TOKYO (Japan) - Host Japan upset struggling No.1 women's seed France with a 19-15 victory in day two of the Olympic 3x3 competition.

Japan recovered from a slow start and continued their revival after losing 3x3's Olympic debut on day one against Russian Olympic Committee.

Title fancies France face question marks having split their opening day games against USA and Italy.

Paget's pretty passing

France haven't clicked into gear so far in Tokyo but Marie-Eve Paget was arguably their best player on day one and she gave another reminder of her skills with a pair of brilliant dimes early.

She then nailed a two to give France a handy 8-4 lead near the halfway point.

France go cold

France then went on a cold streak as Japan made their move led by the determination of Mai Yamamoto, who dominated the boards despite her lack of size.

A massive two with the shot clock dwindling down from Stephanie Mawuli was spectacular and Yamamoto did something similar from the corner as Japan gained control.

The Moment

21-year-old Yamamoto had Ana Maria Filip on an island and her fancy dribbling shook off the towering Frenchwomen as she found room to step back and hit a tough jumper.

A huge offensive rebound and put back from Mio Shinozaki off a missed Mawuli free throw proved the last score of the game as France looked out of sync in the dying stages.