Olympics women’s basketball semifinals live stream: Watch France vs USA online

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Olympics Women’s Basketball Semifinal: France vs USA

Playing for the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the Olympics women’s basketball competition was Team USA and France. It was a big matchup for both nations, but it was ultimately the Americans that pulled away for a big victory and to earn the top spot on the podium. Fast forward four years to Rio 2016 and now those two teams are meeting once again, this time with it being France vs USA in the semifinals playing for the right to go to the gold medal game.

Make no mistake that Team USA has been incredible throughout the women’s hoops competition. Even if they’ve been tested for brief stretches, their ability to go on runs has left no one even really coming close to them. They have tremendous talent from the top of their roster to the bottom. When you’re bringing Elena Delle Donne and super-WNBA-rookie Breanna Stewart off of the bench, things might just break your way. As such, France has an uphill battle ahead of them on Thursday.

What the French have to do is model their gameplan after what Japan did for the first half against the Americans. France’s captain in center Isabelle Yacoubou has to use smart position to open up backside lobs for easy scores at the rim. If they’re able to do that, it’ll open up the floor and at least give them a chance to keep it close. However, failing to do so might lead to a repeat of 2012’s gold medal game when they lost by 36 points.

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Details for France vs USA in the Olympics women’s basketball semifinal are below:

Date: Thursday, August 18
Start Time: 6 p.m. ET
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arena: Carioca Arena 1
TV Info: NBCSN, Olympics Basketball Channel
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com

NBCSN and the Olympics Basketball Channel will both broadcast this matchup live. However, live streaming will be available through NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app. You can access either service by simply logging in using a cable or satellite subscription.