Tokyo 2020: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Olympic Games (August 3)
The U.S. women’s water polo team had an easy 16-5 win over Canada Monday to advance to the semifinals. While the match seemed over after a quick 7-1 U.S. lead, Pac-12 fans still had plenty to capture their attention thanks to 18 conference athletes taking part.
Rachel Fattal (UCLA), Makenzie Fischer (STANFORD), Aria Fischer (STANFORD), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USC), Stephania Haralabidis (USC), Paige Hauschild (USC), Amanda Longan (USC), Maddie Musselman (UCLA), Jamie Neushul (STANFORD), Melissa Seidemann (STANFORD), Maggie Steffens (STANFORD) and Alys Williams (UCLA) represented Team USA.
Joelle Bekhazi (USC), Kelly McKee (CALIFORNIA), Hayley McKelvey (USC), Kindred Paul (CALIFORNIA), Gurpreet Sohi (STANFORD) and Emma Wright (CALIFORNIA) represented Canada.
Steffens recorded a hat trick in the match and was grateful for how her teammates played defense against a team with a lot of familiar faces.
"Defense is what this game is all about,” she said. “Canada (is) a really, really good team. They have a lot of threats in the center and on the outside, so for us to be able to kind of shut them down early gave us a bit of freedom on the offensive side."
Twelve Pac-12 athletes remain in the women’s water polo tournament. The U.S. will face the Russian Olympic Committee on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m PT.
» Jrue Holiday (UCLA) and Zach LaVine (UCLA) continue their quest for gold after Team USA defeated Spain 95-81 in men’s basketball. Holiday scored 12 points while LaVine scored 10.
» Brody Malone (STANFORD) placed fourth in the men’s gymnastics horizontal bar finals with a score of 14.200.
» Israel’s baseball team lost to the Dominican Republic 7-6 on a walk-off single. The loss ends the Olympic journey for Jeremy Bleich (STANFORD), Ian Kinsler (ARIZONA STATE), Ben Wanger (USC) and Zack Weiss (UCLA).
» Camryn Rogers (CALIFORNIA) placed fifth in the women’s hammer throw final with a score of 74.35.
» Australia men’s basketball took care of Argentina 97-59. Josh Green (ARIZONA) scored six points and Matisse Thybulle (WASHINGTON) scored 12.
Looking Ahead: Five Pac-12 athletes will be playing in the men’s basketball semifinals between the United States and Australia on Wednesday at 11:15 p.m PT.
Quote of the Day: "I’m a dog. I’m a fighter. It’s my first Olympics. I made some mistakes that cost me, but it’s all right. I’ll fix it.” - Rai Benjamin (USC) after his silver in the 400-meter hurdles
James Franks is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a collaboration between the Pac-12 Conference and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.