July 30, 2012
Team USA dominated Angola, 90-38, in their second contest of the 2012 Olympic women's basketball tournament on Monday night. Team USA has now notched 35 consecutive wins in Olympic play, dating back to the bronze medal game victory in 1992. The squad has three of its five preliminary round games remaining.The Red White and Blue will return to the court on Wednesday, August 1 at 5:15 p.m. EDT to take on Turkey at the Basketball Arena at Olympic Park in London. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
Team USA is led by head UConn coach Geno Auriemma and six former Husky greats. Team USA features six former UConn student-athletes with Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi.
The former Huskies proved their unselfish ways on Monday as Bird led the squad with five assists, while Moore and Taurasi each dished out four. Moore was the highest scoring Husky tallying 11 points, Cash recorded eight points, Charles and Taurasi each knocked in six, Bird had four and Jones finished with two. The Huskies totaled 37 Team USA's 90 points.
Angola, playing in its first Olympic women's basketball tournament, entered Monday's contest as a large underdog but was able to keep the game within ten points following the first quarter only trailing the Red White and Blue 22-12. The USA defense took over in the second quarter and Angola was never able to recover after only tallying six points in the second quarter.
The US defense forced 20 Angola turnovers and held them to 23 percent from the field. Despite shooting 12 percent from behind the arc, Team USA topped Angola in every category on the court Monday evening. The US finished the night with 49 rebounds, 25 assists, nine steals and 11 blocks.