Aug. 5, 2012
LONDON -- The USA women tied their team record for most points in an Olympic basketball game, dominating China, 114-66, in the final contest of preliminary round action Sunday at Olympic Park Basketball Arena.
The Americans, who completed their run through Group A with a 5-0 record, won their 38th-straight contest at the Olympic Games with a point total that matched their 1992 count vs. Spain. They now will turn their focus to the quarterfinal round, where a match-up with Canada (2-3) awaits on Tuesday. The time for that meeting has not been set. China, meanwhile, fell to 3-2.
Team USA had six players score in double figures, led by Diana Taurasi's 22. Former Lady Vol Candace Parker was another of those six Americans, finishing with 10 points on five-of-nine accuracy and adding six rebounds, four assists and a steal in 14 minutes. Another UT alum, Tamika Catchings, made her presence felt with seven assists and also chipped in three rebounds, two points and a blocked shot in 19 minutes.
Parker thought the entire team came ready to play today.
"I think everybody came out with a lot of energy," Parker said. "I think that's the key is that we're going to come at people in waves. I think we did a good job.
"Everybody came out and was ready to play. That's what's special about this team, we come at people in waves."
Catchings said the team is starting to come together and get into an offensive flow.
"Just gotta keep it rolling from there," Catchings said. "It felt like tonight we moved the ball really well. When we move the ball, you know from person to person, we get wide open shots. And when we're knocking down those shots, I mean it's really hard to guard."
After a 31-28 offensive shootout in the opening quarter, Team USA outscored China, 30-8 in the second stanza to take a 61-36 halftime lead and never looked back. The Americans shot 65 percent from the floor for the game, pummeling China 82-18 in the paint and holding a 30-2 advantage in fast break points. USA also out-rebounded their opponent by a 46-20 margin.
For access to bios for Catchings and Parker and a game schedule, please go to the UT Olympics Website.