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UConn in the Olympics: Giffey, Germany knocked out by Slovenia

Aaliyah Edwards and Kia Nurse will also depart from Tokyo after Canada was eliminated in the group stage.


Luka Doncic and company proved too much to handle as Niels Giffey’s Germany squad fell to Slovenia in the quarterfinals, 94-70.

Giffey finished the Olympics on a high note with 10 points — one of two German players to reach double-figures — following an 11-point night against Australia in the group stage finale. Overall, he averaged 7.3 points across four games and shot 5-13 from beyond the arc.

Despite the lopsided final score, Germany kept it close throughout the first half. They went into the break trailing by just six before Slovenia ran away over the final 20 minutes. Doncic put up 20 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds.


Canada exits early

Entering the Olympics, Canada came in with hopes of medaling for the first time.

Now, they’ll go home without even getting out of pool play after a disastrous 1-2 showing in Tokyo. Canada finished third in Group A with four points but didn’t advance due to a worse point differential (+7) than France (+10) and Australia (+10), the other third-place teams.

Kia Nurse averaged 13 points while shooting 7-16 from three throughout the tournament. Aaliyah Edwards played a total of 31 seconds in Tokyo.

Canada v Korea Women’s Basketball - Olympics: Day 6 Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Looking ahead

Team USA begins its march to gold in the quarterfinals against Australia on Wednesday at 12:40 a.m. EST. Australia finished third in Group C after losses to Belgium and China before a win in the pool play finale against Puerto Rico. Assuming the US wins, they will play the winner of China and Serbia in the semifinals on Friday morning.

On the other side of the bracket, Gabby Williams and France take on Spain at 8 a.m. EST.

The Olympics began with UConn represented by 14 athletes and now, just seven remain: Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Napheesa Collier, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi (USA women’s basketball), Williams (France women’s basketball) and Steph Labbé (Canada women’s soccer).

Stef Dolson won gold with USA 3x3 while the other six — Gavin Edwards (Japan men’s basketball), Niels Giffey (Germany men’s basketball), Aaliyah Edwards and Kia Nurse (Canada women’s basketball), Cecile Pieper (Germany field hockey) and Róisín Upton (Ireland field hockey) — have all been eliminated.