Aug. 5, 2012
Team USA celebrated its fifth preliminary round victory following an outstanding showing from 2004 UConn graduate Diana Taurasi who led the way knocking in 22 points and tallying four steals. Taurasi went 4-for-5 from behind the arc en route to her team-high performance on Sunday to lead the US squad to a 114-66 defeat of China.
After sweeping the first five games of Olympic competition against all other members of Group A, Team USA will play in the single elimination quarterfinals on Tuesday at the Basketball Arena in London. The US will play Canada and the game's time is to be determined. The best four teams from each group during the preliminaries qualify for the knockout stage, with the winners of the semi-finals going head-to-head in the gold medal game.
Team USA not only improved its impressive win streak to 38 victories in-a-row during Olympic play but also broke the all-time team record for assists with 33 and tied the all-time scoring mark of 114 points.
The Husky trio of Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles teamed up to tally the US's first 16 points as Moore jumpstarted the Red White and Blue offense with a quick layup. The domination continued with Moore finishing Sunday's competition with 12 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists, while Charles ended with 12 points and five rebounds.
2002 Husky grad Sue Bird added six points, three assists and two rebounds for another solid Olympic performance to add to her resume. Additionally, Asjha Jones tallied six points and grabbed four rebounds and Swin Cash ended with four points and two boards.
China stuck with the US only trailing by three heading into the second quarter but were unable to maintain their offense only scoring 20 points throughout the second and third quarters.
Team USA, who had six athletes score in double digits, was stellar from the floor hitting 66 percent from the field and 53 percent from the 3-point line. The US defense was once again outstanding as they dominated both the offensive and defensive boards outrebounding China 46-20 and notched 14 steals and five blocks.