Head coach Geno Auriemma started four former UConn stars, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Tina Charles, and Maya Moore, in Team USA's Olympic debut as the
Huskies American team blew out Senegal, 121-56.
Taurasi hit four three-pointers in the 1st quarter on her way to 15 points while Breanna Stewart, making her Olympic debut, scored 15 as well in the victory at Youth Arena in Rio to begin Group B pool play.
The 121 points breaks Team USA's own Olympic record of 114 points which it tset twice—in the 1992 games in Barcelona and 2012 in London. The 65-point win is also Team USA's largest in history, breaking the record of 60 against Zaire in 1996.
Taurasi and Moore helped USA jump out to a 16-2 lead as they used their speed and height advantage. After a Senegal basket, the United States put the game out of reach with a 13-0 run on their way to building a 35-9 lead by the end of the first quarter.
All 12 Team USA players scored in the game and seven scored in double figures.
Stewart, playing in her first Olympics, came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The last time the USA Women's Basketball team lost a game, in 1992, Breanna Stewart wasn't even born yet.
Sylvia Fowles also had 15 points, pulling down seven rebounds as well. Brittney Griner, the fifth starter along with the UConn alumnae, scored 14 points while Elena Delle Donne and Angel McCoughtry both had 11 points.
Charles, who has been killing it in the WNBA this season, finished with 10 points. Moore added nine points and Bird, who was the last member of the team to score in the game, had five points and a game-high eight assists.
It'll be a quick turnaround for Team USA as they're back in action on Monday morning at 11 a.m. as they take on Spain.
Senegal vs USA Women's Basketball box score