The U.S. national women’s basketball team suffocated Canada with aggressive defense as they beat the Canadians, 91-48, on Aug. 7 to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
USA will face Australia in the semifinals on Aug. 9.
The Americans simply hounded Canada all over the court, forcing 26 turnovers on defense. The turnovers led to easy fast-break points for the four-time defending gold medal USA team.
“That’s probably a better feeling than making a 3, when as a unit you found a way to stop them as a unit,” said USA’s leading scorer and forward Diana Taurasi. “That’s really hard to do because to get a shot off isn’t the hardest thing, it might not be a quality one, but you can get a shot off.”
Taurasi led Team USA with 15 points, while centers Sylvia Fowler and Candace Parker followed with 12 points off the bench. Forward Angel McCoughtry also contributed off the pine with 11 points.
Canada’s Kim Smith led her team with only 13 points scored against Team USA’s stifling defense.
“We really were in sync defensively,” Parker said. “Everyone knows that this team can score a lot of points, but we were locked in defensively and that will be huge going forward.”