2012 Olympics: USA Women vs Australia Preview

The four-time defending Olympic champions, USA women are pitted against Australia in today’s semifinal matchup.

Australia finished as the two-seed with a 4-1 record out of Group B. In the quarterfinal round, they defeated China  75-60 to set up their semifinal contest with the USA. Liz Cambage led Australia with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the win over China.

For the Olympics, Lauren Jackson is pacing Australia with 14.7 points per game, while Cambage is averaging 14.5 points. Suzy Batkovic is also averaging double figures with 10.8 points per game and is the Opals leading rebounder with 6.5 boards per game.

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 39-0 winning streak that dates to the ‘92 bronze medal game, played 8/7/92, and includes Gold Medals in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Overall in Olympic play, the U.S. women are 56-3 since women’s basketball was added to the Olympic slate in 1976.

The U.S. and Australia last met in the second round of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, USA held off a late Australia rally for an 83-75 victory. Diana Taurasi scored a game-high 24 points, while Sylvia Fowles added 15 points and a team-high six rebounds.

At the 2008 Olympic Games, the U.S. and Australia met in the gold medal match which the Americans won  92-65. Kara Lawson led the USA with 15 points on a  perfect 5-of-5 shooting performance. This marks the fifth consecutive Olympics in which the U.S. and Australia have faced each other, the teams met in the gold medal match in 2000, 2004, and 2008 — all games won by the United States of America.

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

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