Forward Diana Taurasi scored a game-high 18 points as the U.S. national women’s basketball team beat up Czech Republic, 88-61, on Aug. 3 in London.
Team USA now moves to 4-0 in woman’s basketball during the 2012 Olympic Games, while improving its winning streak to 37 straight games over the course of the last five Olympic years.
The U.S. set a couple of U.S. records in its victory over the Czechs: they set a new record with 62 rebounds, four more than the old record of 58 rebounds U.S. women recorded against New Zealand in 2004. They also tied the U.S. record with eight three-pointers made.
“Everyone keeps asking me why we lost,” Czech Republic coach Lubor Blazek said. “The answer is simple: The U.S. is better.”
The U.S. had a few players score double digits in points during its win. Center Tina Charles scored 16 points with 15 rebounds, while, forward Maya Moore her former University of Connecticut teammate, added 14 points with eight rebounds off the bench.
“Our depth definitely makes up for us not having a lot of the time together that the other teams are able to have,” Charles said. “We have our WNBA teams, playing overseas, so we just have to be mature when we get together. I guess you could say it’s like an All-Star team.”
USA plays China on Aug. 5.