2012 Olympics: USA Women vs Canada Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 5: Diana Taurasi #12 of the US Women's Senior National Team shoots against China during their Basketball Game on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The four-time defending Olympic champions, USA Women take on North American rival Canada in the quarterfinals.

Canada claimed the fourth seed in Group B after finishing 2-3 in preliminary play. Each of the Canadians’ five games in pool play had a final margin of single digits, the largest deficit thus far was a nine-point loss to Australia in Canada’s most recent matchup. Kimberley Smith leads the team with 14.0 points per game, while Shona Thorburn is adding 12.2 points per contest. Natalie Achonwa and Tamara Tatham are both averaging a team-high 4.2 rebounds per game at the Olympics.

The United States women, who have not lost a game in the Olympics since falling to the Unified Team in the 1992 Games, are riding a 38-0 winning streak that dates back to the ‘92 bronze medal game, played 20 years ago today (8/7/92), and includes golds in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Overall in Olympic play the U.S. women are 55-3 since women’s basketball was added to the Olympic slate in 1976.

These teams last met in the second round at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The U.S. defeated Canada 87-46 in the contest.

The U.S. and Canada last met at the Olympics in the 1984 semifinals. Anne Donovan led the U.S. with 14 points and six rebounds as they defeated Canada 92-61.

A victory over Canada would advance the U.S. to the semifinals, where they would then face the winner of Australia vs. China.

Information from the official USA Women’s game notes were used in this article.

Topics: 2012 London Olympics, Canada, Kimberley Smith, Natalie Achonwa, Shona Thorburn, Tamara Tatham, Team USA

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