Serbia claimed a first-ever medal in women's basketball at the Rio Games Saturday when a third period burst took them away from France in the bronze encounter and set up a 70-63 win in Rio de Janeiro.
The tight third quarter turned Serbia's way late on, as Sonja Petrovic followed a big three-point play with two free throws after being fouled during a steal to set up a breakaway. Serbia led 55-42 going into the final frame and the bronze was in sight.
Serbia had led 18-10 after the first quarter, their advantage in no small part due to the French shooting an anemic three of 16 from the field. In the second period, it was Serbia whose hands turned cold as France drew level 27-27 at the break.
But after making the move in the third, the fourth quarter was simply a matter of holding the French at bay for Serbia.
In the final later Saturday, the United States chase a sixth consecutive gold medal against challengers Spain.