Page leads Serbia to first Olympic women’s basketball medal

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Former Husker Danielle Page helped her adopted home country of Serbia to its first-ever Olympic medal in women’s basketball with a 70-63 win over France on the final day of the Rio Olympics on Saturday.The 6-2 forward from Monument, Colo., who lettered at Nebraska from 2005 to 2008, produced her sixth double-figure scoring performance of the Rio Olympics with 10 points to go along with team highs of eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks to give the Serbs a bronze medal in their first all-time Olympic women’s basketball appearance.Serbia, which entered the 12-team Olympic competition ranked No. 14 in the world, opened with three straight losses, but rallied to win four of its final five games, including a 73-71 upset of No. 2 Australia in the quarterfinals.In Saturday’s win over France, Page went 4-for-7 from the field, including a pair of huge second-half threes. Page, who as been one of the top professional players in France for several years, helped Serbia win again in a rematch of the 2015 Eurobasket Final win over the French that clinched the Serbs their inaugural Olympic berth.Page’s production at both ends of the court played a major role in Serbia turning a halftime tie at 27 into as much as a 15-point second-half lead. Serbia led by 13 points with less than 50 seconds left before a pair of late uncontested threes by France, including one at the buzzer made it a seven-point Serbian win. France entered the Olympics as the world’s fourth-ranked team.Jelena Milovanovic led Serbia on offense with 18 points while adding seven rebounds, while Ana Dabovic added 11 points and five assists.For the tournament, Page averaged 10.6 points per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the field, including 5-of-15 from three-point range. She also led Serbia with 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots and a team-high 30.3 minutes per game throughout her eight Olympic contests. Her 13 total blocks ranked among the top three players in the Rio Olympics, joining Team USA’s Brittney Griner and Spains Astou Ndour. Page also ranked second among the Serbs with 1.4 steals per contest. She averaged 2.7 steals per game in medal round play.Page opened Olympic play with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field for Serbia in a 65-59 loss to Spain on Aug. 7. Page added five rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. She managed four points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals for Serbia in a 71-67 setback to Canada on Aug. 8.In a loss to Team USA on Aug. 10, Page led Serbia with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including a pair of three-pointers.She produced 12 points and eight rebounds in an 80-72 victory over China on Aug. 12. Page hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor against China, while adding three assists and a blocked shot to give Serbia its first win of the Rio Olympics.Page followed with 15 points and eight more rebounds in a win over Senegal on Aug. 14 that secured Serbia’s spot in the medal round.She was limited to just five points, four rebounds and two steals in limited action against Australia because of foul trouble, but she was a driving force in a 13-4 surge in the second half that turned an eight-point deficit into a lead for Serbia, which held on for a 73-71 win over world No. 2 Australia on Aug. 16.In Thursday’s 68-54 setback to Spain, Page produced 10 points and team highs with seven rebounds and three steals.

Danielle Page Olympic Bests
Points: 15 vs. Team USA, Aug. 10; vs. Senegal, Aug. 14
Rebounds: 8 vs. China, Aug. 12; vs. Senegal, Aug. 14; vs. France, Aug. 20
Blocked Shots: 4 vs. Canada, Aug. 8
Steals: 3 vs. Spain, Aug. 18; vs. France, Aug. 20
Assists: 3 vs. China, Aug. 12
FGM: 7 vs. Spain, Aug. 7; vs. Senegal, Aug. 14
FGA: 11 vs. Spain, Aug. 7; vs. Team USA, Aug. 10; vs. Senegal, Aug. 14
3FGM: 2 vs. Team USA, Aug. 10; vs. France, Aug. 20
3FGA: 3 vs. Team USA, Aug. 10; vs. France, Aug. 20
FTM: 2 vs. Spain, Aug. 18
FTA: 4 vs. Australia, Aug. 16; 4 vs. Spain, Aug. 18