USA Basketball: U.S. Advances to Semifinals

By Ben York,

On Aug. 7, 1992, the USA women’s basketball team won the first game in what became a 38-game winning streak, defeating Cuba 88-74 for the bronze medal.

20 years later, the streak is still going.

Today was the first day of the women’s quarterfinals in London, and the U.S. continued to demonstrate just how dominant it can be.

In fact, one could argue that the team’s 91-48 victory over Canada was even more impressive than its epic victory over China in pool play.

Against Canada, the U.S. forced 26 turnovers and held the opposition to 13 points or less in three quarters en route to an impressive 43-point win.

Perhaps even more significant, the U.S. tallied 29 assists and committed just 10 turnovers. In the last two games, the Americans have a total of 62 assists.


From a defensive standpoint, it is becoming increasingly evident that the U.S. really has no weakness. Team USA clearly can lockdown opposing players both in the backcourt and the frontcourt – the leading scorers for Canada scored 13 and 10 points respectively, but no other player had more than six points.

Offensively, the U.S. is getting more and more comfortable playing with each other, and that couldn’t come at a better time. Shooting over 51 percent from the floor, the U.S. is definitely getting into a better rhythm and flow with one another while understanding both when and how to attack.

This systematic approach on offense coincides perfectly with their defensive philosophy; if they first take care of business on the defensive end of the floor, their offense will flow naturally.

The Mercury’s Diana Taurasi continued her hot shooting and led Team USA with 15 points (5-7 from the floor) to go along with four assists and three rebounds in just 22 minutes of play.

The win over Canada advances the U.S. to the semifinals. The team will face the winner of the Australia and China quarterfinal. The U.S. defeated China 114-66 on August 5, and last played Australia in the 2008 gold medal match - defeating the Opals 92-65.

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