Aug. 3, 2012
2004 University of Connecticut grad Diana Taurasi poured in 18 points and buried four 3-point field goals to lead the USA Basketball Women's National Team to an 88-61 victory over the Czech Republic on Friday evening in preliminary round action of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The game was a rematch of the USA's 2012 FIBA World Championship Final victory and the US has now won an incredible 37-games in-a-row during Olympic play.
The US will play its final preliminary round contest on Sunday, August 5 when the team takes on China. Game time is set for 11:45 EDT on NBC.
2010 UConn grad Tina Charles continued to be an unstoppable force, scoring 16 points and snaring 15 rebounds. She now leads all competitors with 9.5 rebounds per game in Olympic play. 2011 UConn graduate Maya Moore put together her finest game yet in Olympic play, tallying 14 points while corralling eight rebounds and dishing-out a pair of assists.
2002 graduate Sue Bird did not score on Friday but she was rock-solid at the point, dishing-out nine assists while committing only one turnover.
Team USA shot only 41 percent but held a resounding 27-10 advantage on the offensive glass. Overall, the US dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Czech Republic 62-39. The US also forced the Czechs into 20 turnovers while only committing 13 miscues on the night.
The Czech Republic got off to a fast start and led the US, 26-24, after the first quarter. However, the Americans outscored the Czechs 46-19 over the next two quarters to take control of the game.