Taurasi nets 15 points for Team USA in win over Canada.
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The road to five-straight gold medals for Team USA will continue after the Red White and Blue dominated Canada, 91-48, in Tuesday's quarterfinal match in London. UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and six former Huskies teamed up to lift the US to victory as the past UConn athletes tallied 33 points towards the team's total. The US has now won an incredible 39-games in-a-row during Olympic play.
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The US will face the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup of China and Australia on Thursday in the semifinals at the North Greenwich Arena.
The USA was stellar on defense limiting Canada to only 31 percent from the field and forcing 26 turnovers, while only committing 10 turnovers and allowing Canada to steal the ball merely three times. The US outrebounded its opponent 48- 31 and blocked five shots.
Diana Taurasi, a 2004 graduate of Connecticut, continued to be the squad's offensive leader scoring a team-high 15 points. Taurasi went 4-for-5 from the field and was perfect from the charity stripe going 4-for-4. The two-time national player of the year also dished out four assists, pulled down three rebounds and denied one Canadian shot.
2011 Husky grad Maya Moore also put on a tremendous performance in Tuesday's win over Canada scoring 11 points, handing out four assists, grabbing seven boards and finishing with four steals.
With all six former Huskies seeing action in Tuesday's contest, the USA Women's Basketball National Team was also assisted by Sue Bird's two points and five assists, Asjha Jones' defensive presence, Swin Cash's three points and three assists and Tina Charles' two points and four rebounds.