Aug. 7, 2012
LONDON -- The USA Women's Olympic Basketball Team put together arguably its most-complete performance of the 2012 Games, rolling past Canada 91-48 in quarterfinal round action at Olympic Park Basketball Arena on Tuesday.
The Red, White and Blue advanced to the semifinal round, which will be played at North Greenwich Arena on Thursday. The Americans will face Australia (5-1), with tip time set for noon Eastern time.
The triumph gave Team USA its 39th-straight victory in Olympic competition, stretching back to this date in 1992 in the bronze medal game vs. Cuba, and improved its record at this Olympiad to 6-0. Canada ended its stay in London with a 2-4 mark. This was the first meeting in Olympic competition by these two teams since 1984, when a Pat-Summitt-coached USA squad triumphed, 92-61, in the semifinal round en route to the gold medal.
As with the 1984 contest, there were Big Orange fingerprints all over this victory. Former Lady Vol Candace Parker was one of five Americans scoring in double figures, connecting for 12 points and adding seven rebounds, three assists and a steal to the box score in 13 minutes of duty. Another UT product, Tamika Catchings, just missed double digits for points, finishing with nine and tallying six boards, four steals, two assists and a block in 21 minutes. Teammate Diana Taurasi had 15 points to lead all scorers.
The USA played stifling defense from the outset, laying claim to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and carrying a 42-21 lead into the halftime break. The USA outscored Canada 26-10 in the third stanza and 23-17 in the final frame to reach the final score. The Americans produced their second-highest point total in London, behind the 114 scored against China, and surrendered the second-lowest point total, behind the 38 they allowed Angola.
Team USA dominated in all phases of the game, connecting on 33 of 65 shots from the field for 51 percent while allowing only 11-of-35 shooting (31 percent) by Canada. The Americans also won the rebounding battle, 48-31, had more steals (15-3) and committed only 10 turnovers while forcing their opponents into 26 miscues.
For access to bios for Catchings and Parker and a game schedule, please go to the UT Olympics Website.