GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The United States women's basketball team finished the Pan American Games with a second straight win.
But Team USA's 87-41 rout of Jamaica was not for a medal like usual. Instead, it gave them seventh place in the eight-team competition.
The women's basketball team came to Guadalajara as the favorite to defend their title. But they lost to Argentina 58-55 in their first game, then fell to Puerto Rico 75-70.
Despite beating Mexico 87-58 in the final game, the Americans still finished last in the four-team group and had to play for seventh.
"Nobody likes to lose games by one or three points," said United States forward Breanna Stewart, a 17-year-old high school student. "We all played well. Unfortunately, the results came in the final minutes and luck did not favor us."
The Americans came to Guadalajara with an inexperienced team that had only five practice sessions before the tournament opened.
"We have different styles of playing," Stewart said. "We had trouble adapting to a single style of playing, despite the good rapport we had from the beginning."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.