USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team: How US Is Faring Early on
The U.S. women's basketball team has completed two games in Olympic pool play and have two wins.
After having early struggles in their opening game against Croatia, the U.S. has put together five straight quarters of dominant play.
In their second game against Angola, the U.S. won 90-38, outscoring Angola by at least 10 points in every quarter.
Candace Parker led the team with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Seimone Augustus had 13 points.
Although it was a nice win, it was also an expected win as Angola is appearing in their first Olympic Games for women's basketball.
So, a win by the U.S. is nothing to get too excited about.
One thing that is still a concern for the U.S. is their outside shooting. Against Angola, they were 2-for-17 from behind the arc.
That shows me that when the team was selected, they didn't pick pure three-point shooters. It also shows that there is still a lack of ball movement as players are jacking up three-pointers even when it's obvious they're not falling.
On the subject of ball movement, it was a lot better against Angola.
Against Croatia, it looked like a U.S. men's game in which players kept jacking up shots. But, the women made a few extra passes against Angola and ended up with 25 assists.
Another thing the U.S. has to improve upon is their turnovers. Having 14 against a team like Angola is inexcusable. If they're turning the ball over that many times against one of the weaker teams in the tournament, I wonder how many times they do the same against stronger teams.
The U.S. will next face Turkey, which is also 2-0.
But, I expect the U.S. to have no problems again, as they are superior in almost every aspect of the game.
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