USA vs. Angola Women's Basketball: Live Score, Stats and Recap
A slight scare from Croatia in the first half of their first official game of the Olympics, the US women closed out in a big way, finishing off a 28-9 quarter to win 81-56. The women will look for their second win against Angola to push themselves to 34-0 ever since the 1996 Olympics.
Let's take a quick look at the team's stats from top to bottom:
Candace Parker: 14 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists
Tamika Catchings: 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist
Diana Taurasi: 6 points, 0 rebounds, 4 assists
Tina Charles: 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist
Sue Bird: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists
Seimone Augustus: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Maya Moore: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Angel McCaughtry: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Lindsay Whalen: 9 points, 0 rebounds, 4 assists
Swin Cash: 8 points, 0 rebounds, 3 assists
Asjha Jones: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Final score: USA 90, Angola 39
The rust is more or less gone at this point for the US women, that is everywhere except from the three-point line.
Everything fell for them, save everything that came from outside of 21 feet as the US made two of their 17 three-pointers for the game.
Elsewhere they forced 21 turnovers and only turned the ball over three times after the first half, themselves. They shot 69 percent from the field and made 16 of 18 from the free throw line.
In all, this game was utter domination from the US, but Angola played with heart, they played with determination and played from beginning to end.
Catarina Camufal stays with the ball on offense, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting in an open lay-up.
Meanwhile Angola has put in the reserves to get everyone a chance to play against the best women's basketball team in the world.
USA 90, Angola 38 as the clock winds down.
Credit Angola for playing playing hard all throughout the game as they've been running and gunning for the entire fourth quarter despite a huge deficit.
USA 85, Angola 36 with 2:00 left in the fourth.
Candace Parker took a break from blocking everything and drained a contested 18-footer like it was a lay-up.
USA 81, Angola 36 with 3:30 left in the fourth
Catarina Camufal makes what seems to be the first non-three point jumper of for Angola in this game with that straight-away 18-footer.
Swin Cash comes down on the other end and gets fouled, putting in both free throws, followed by a Maya Moore jumper and a break-away lay-in from Angel McCoughtry.
USA 79, Angola 35 with 4:30 left in the fourth.
Sonia Guadalupe opens up the third quarter scoring for Angola, but Seimone Augustus matches her with a jumper of her own with the dime from Lindsay Whalen.
USA 71, Angola 33 with 7:22 left in the fourth.
This game is long past over, but there is something left to play for.
The Men's team led of the 1992 Olympics with a 68-point win over Angola on their way to the most dominant Olympic run to date.
They probably won't make it up to 68 points, but it'll be interesting to see how close to that number they can get.
USA 69, Angola 29.
Traded baskets for the final few possessions lead to a 40-point lead for the US after putting a healthy 28 points on the board in the third quarter.
That was an extremely impressive quarter by the US right there.
USA 69, Angola 29 after the third quarter.
Lindsay Whalen does her best Kobe Bryant impersonation with the fade-away jumper along the baseline and a foul to boot.
An Angola turnover and an outlet pass to a streaking Whalen gives her another two points with a lay-in.
Whalen then gets the ball at the top of the key in transition and dishes it to a streaking Maya Moore for another two points, plus a foul.
USA 63, Angola 25 with 1:30 left in the third.
If ever there were a big man--er, woman who needs fed it's Sonia Guadalupe. She just put in another two with that drive to the rim as she's become the most reliable part of Angola's offense.
USA 55, Angola 25 with 2:30 left in the third.
Tina Charles puts in an easy two with a bunny in the paint to keep things going for the US team.
A missed three by Sonia Guadalupe leads to missed threes by Diana Taurasi and Tamika Catchings by the US.
At a combined 3 for 25 from long range it seems like it's time for both of these teams to forget that the three-point line exists.
USA 53, Angola 23 with 4:00 left in the third.
Felizarda Jorge gets Angola on the board in the third after dropping some rain for her sixth, seventh and eighth points of the game.
USA 49, Angola 21 with 6:20 left in the third.
Candace Parker continues to pile points on this already buried Angola team with a 15-footer from the baseline.
Diana Taurasi leads the break-away off the Angola miss and gets to the line, making both free throws. This is officially out of hand.
USA 49, Angola 18 with 8:00 left in the third.
The Diana Taurasi-Candace Parker pick-and-roll looks as smooth as the Steve Nash-Amar'e Stoudemire connection once was.
USA 45, Angola 18 with 8:48 left in the third.
A balanced attack has given the US this huge lead going into the second half, even though they've coughed the ball up 11 times so far in the game.
Angola has been stymied by their swarming defense, superior speed and lights-out shooting as Candace Parker leads all US scorers with eight points.
Sonia Guadalupe and Felizarda Jorge lead Angola with five points each.
Catarina Camufal not only has the coolest name of anybody on the floor, but she's also quick as a hiccup with that coast-to-coast drive to the hoop to finish out the second quarter.
USA 41, Angola 18 after the second quarter.
Felizarda Jorge shot-puts one in for the Angolans, but Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen hit back-to-back jumpers for the US to extend the lead even more.
The defense is really locked in at this point for the US team and the jumpers are falling. This is the team we've been waiting to see.
USA 41, Angola 16 with 0:45 left to play in the second.
Shots were few and far between for about four minutes in this quarter, but the rain is falling now after Bird's jumpers, a jumper from Maya Moore and an easy lay-in by Candice Parker.
USA 34, Angola 14 with 3:00 left in the second.
Nassecela Mauricio takes the ball into the chest of Sue Bird and puts a shot in for Angola.
Bird comes down on the other end and gets those two points back with a long jumper. Defense by the US leads to another break and another jumper by Bird.
USA 30, Angola 14 with 4:00 left in the second.
Big block by Candice Parker leads to a transition basket led by Sue Bird, finished by Parker in the paint. There's the dominant Candice Parker we've all been waiting to see.
Tamika Catchings intercepts a long pass by Angola and takes it unguarded the other way.
USA 26, Angola 12 with 6:00 left in the second.
Lots of missed shots dot the opening minutes of the first quarter, both teams playing tenacious defense and making poor decisions on offense.
USA 22, Angola 12 with 7:30 left in the second.
Two telling stats from the first quarter.
First, the US team made nine shots and tallied assists on eight of them. That's ball movement and efficiency right there.
Second, they also had seven turnovers to go along with those eight assists, making that assist-to-turnover ratio ugly early on. Take away a few assists and they could be up by 15 or more instead of just 10.
USA 22, Angola 12 after the first quarter.
Angola hasn't looked terrible early on, just with a few shaky shots, a few jittery turnovers and some missed threes.
It doesn't feel like they've been doubled up by the US team, but they have.
USA 22, Angola 11 with 0:55 left in the first.
Maya Moore continues her all-around play with a steal in the post on defense and an assist to Swin Cash.
Another Angola turnover leads to another easy bucket by Cash.
USA 20, Angola 12 with 1:43 left in the first.
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