The USA women continued their Olympic dominance as they defeated Canada by a 43-point margin on Tuesday.
Diana Taurasi led all scorers with a game-high 15 points on a 5-for-7 shooting display and made all four of her free-throws. Taurasi also had four rebounds and three assists in the contest. Teammates Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles added 12 points apeice, while Maya Moore and Angel McCoughtry chipped in with 11 points each.
Kim Smith paced Canada with 13 points, and Chelsea Aubry scored 10 points. No other Canadian player had more than six points in the game.
The Americans jumped out to an early advantage and led Canada 19-4 at the 1:59 mark in the first quarter. The USA extended their lead to as many as 23 points in the final minute of the second period before Australia cut the deficit to 42-21 at halftime.
The game was officially out of hand when the U.S. came out of the locker room, played stifling defense, limited the Canadians to just 10 points in the period, and went up 68-31 by the end of the third quarter.
The Americans opened the final period on a 15-7 run, with 12 of the points scored by Sylvia Fowles, and went up 83-40 at the 4:22 mark in the fourth quarter. They cruised in the final minutes to a 91-48 victory.
The USA dominated Canada in just about every category — they controlled the battle on the boards 45-29, had more team assists 29-15, recorded more steals 15-3, and forced 12 more turnovers (22-10) in the contest.
With the loss, Canada is eliminated from the Olympics. America advances to the next round.
The United States will play Olympic rival Australia in the semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 9:00 am (ET).