Bruins in Tokyo: August 5, 2021
UCLA alumnae Sam Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper won Olympic bronze with Team USA after a 4-3 victory over Australia in the bronze medal match on Aug. 5. Mewis started for the U.S. and played 61 minutes. Dahlkemper dressed but did not play. Micah made five saves on 18 U.S. shots.
Read the full recap here.
Jessie Fleming and Canada will play for gold against Sweden on Friday, Aug. 6 at 5am PT.
Jrue Holiday finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while Zach LaVine totaled nine points and three rebounds in Team USA's 97-78 semifinal win against Australia on Thursday. The 19-point semifinal victory propelled the United States into the Olympic gold medal match.
Holiday nearly totaled a triple-double on Thursday in Tokyo. He finished the game having made 5 of 11 shots from the field while leading Team USA in assists with eight. LaVine made 4 of 6 shots in just over 17 minutes.
Team USA will be looking to win its fourth consecutive men's basketball Olympic gold medal on Friday evening against France. The game is scheduled to begin this Friday at 7:30 p.m. PT (11:30 a.m. on Saturday in Tokyo). Holiday and LaVine have never before competed in the Olympic Games and have now earned their first-ever opportunity to pick up an Olympic medal.
Women's Water Polo
The U.S. Women's Water Polo Team advanced to the finals with a 15-11 come-from-behind win over the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on Thursday in Tokyo. Team USA will now have the chance for a three-peat in the gold medal game when they face Spain on Saturday, August 7 at 4:30 p.m. local time, 12:30 a.m. PDT on Saturday, August 7.
All three Bruins started the game and scored for Team USA with Maddie Musselman coming up huge for the U.S. with a game-high five goals, four in the second half. She also added two rebounds and one field block. Rachel Fattal also had a busy outing, winning three sprints, while adding one goal, two rebounds, and one field block. Defender Alys Williams contributed one goal, one rebound, and one field block in the win over the ROC.
UCLA's Bronte Halligan got the start and was scoreless in Australia's 14-12 win over Canada. She did have two steals, two rebounds, and one field block against the Canadians. Australia will play the Netherlands for fifth place on Saturday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. local time, 7:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 6.
Team USA secured a spot in the gold medal game after defeating Korea by a score of 7-2 in Thursday's semifinal contest.
Former UCLA standout Eric Filia went hitless in four at-bats. He was the starting right fielder for the United States, and was batting fifth in the lineup for the second straight game.
The U.S. (4-1) is set to face host Japan in the gold medal game, which is scheduled for a 3:00 a.m. PT start on Saturday. The game will be streamed live, and can be seen on television on USA Network at 6:30 a.m. PT on Saturday morning (a replay will be shown on NCBSN at 12:30 a.m. PT on Sunday).
The Olympic women's golf competition completed round two on Thursday in Japan (Wednesday in the U.S.). Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit is tied for 34th after a second-consecutive, even-par 71 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. She made an eagle on the par-5 eighth, three more birdies and five bogeys to put her at even-par 142. Colombia's Mariajo Uribe is tied for 56th (+8, 150) after a 6-over 77. Tavatanakit begins her third of four rounds on Friday in Japan (Thursday in the U.S.) at 7:47 a.m. JDT/3:47 p.m. PDT, while Uribe tees off at 9:11 a.m. JDT/5:11 p.m. PDT, both off the 10th tee.
Bruin Olympians in the News
Maddie Musselman proves she 'can really do it all' for U.S. women's water polo – LA Times (Maddie Musselman)
Olympian Mitch Stahl on Tokyo experience & mental health, plus best Olympic stories – ABC27 (Mitch Stahl)
Former COS standout Meleni Rodney competes in Olympics for Grenada – Visalia Times-Delta (Meleni Rodney)
LaVine on Holiday: "His defense was off the charts" – Eurohoops (Jrue Holiday)
Social Media Highlights
Jrue Holiday does it all.
Fill up the stat sheet - that's what Jrue do. @Jrue_Holiday11 vs 🇦🇺
🙌 11 PTS
👊 8 REB
🤝 8 AST
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 5, 2021
"Whatever they're paying him is not enough."
Whenever I watch Jrue Holiday make somebody disappear, I always go back a couple of years ago to when New Orleans gave him a big contract despite a long injury history. Rep on D was strong. Locked up Kyle Lowry one night & KL told me, "Whatever they're paying him is not enough."
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) August 5, 2021
Max Irving on the importance of collegiate water polo
"I played at UCLA, one of the best schools in the nation. We train at a high level and compete in the highest-level games. It was really a step-by-step process to get to this level and the collegiate system was a very important step." - @USAWP's Max Irving#OlympiansMadeHere pic.twitter.com/iJkOsYmmcD
— Olympians Made Here (@omhpmh) August 3, 2021
Maddie Musselman on her UCLA and Olympic teammates
"I went from an Olympic team back to college. It was my first time being at that level, and they (Williams/Fattal) guided me perfectly, showing me the way and what it meant to be a Bruin." - @maddiemusselman
Catch the Bruins and Team 🇺🇸 in the semifinals tonight at 11:30pm PT! pic.twitter.com/8lF3O1b10R
— Olympians Made Here (@omhpmh) August 5, 2021
Jordan Chiles Tik Tok Queen
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) August 5, 2021