USA vs. Turkey Women's Basketball: Grades, Twitter Reaction and Analysis

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  Sylvia Fowles #13 of United States, Maya Moore #7 of United States and Seimone Augustus #5 of United States talk while playing against Croatia in the first half during Women's Basketball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The USA women made sure to put an epic halt on Turkey's undefeated start at the 2012 London Olympics.

Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry led the way with a tremendous performance in just 16 minutes of play. In spite of the minimal playing time, McCaughtry scored a game-high 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds and two steals in the process.

The 89-58 victory was won in the second and fourth quarters for Team USA. A 22-10 blowout in the second and 26-11 routing to close the game had the Americans shining bright in London.

Scoring talent Tina Charles was on point throughout the contest as well, chipping in 16 points and seven rebounds in the victory.

Turkey is now 2-1 and is still in a promising position to get out of the preliminaries. The Turks were propelled by the play of both Birsel Vardarli and Kuanitra Holingsvorth, who both scored 11 points in the defeat.

These are the key grades, Twitter reactions and everything fans must know about the critical outcome.


Twitter Reaction

Maya Moore was sure to give praise to her teammates on Twitter and noted that the USA had their struggles.

Love playing with my USA squad.Had some adversity in the 3rd quarter but we overcame together.USA fans you're awesome!#onestepcloser #fb

— Maya Moore (@MooreMaya) August 1, 2012


Paralympic athlete April Holmes, a 14-time world-record holder, praised Moore's efforts in the win.

Just finished watching @mooremaya and #TeamUSA Women's Basketball. She hustles down the court. Did u see her stride? #TeamJordan

— April Holmes (@aprilholmes) August 1, 2012


USA men's basketball star Kevin Durant had to let the world know about this women's team's impressive performance.

#USA RT @usabasketball: Final: USA Women 89, Turkey 58. Angel McCoughtry scores 18 points & Tina Charles finishes with 16.

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 1, 2012


Key Grades for Key US Players

Maya Moore: B-

Moore was the vocal leader on the floor and played some key minutes in the win, but there is no doubt she is capable of more production offensively.

Her five points and five rebounds came in just 15 minutes of play, which are decent figures considering the light minutes.

Her production was impressive defensively, but offensively the numbers must improve going forward.


Angel McCoughtry: A

McCoughtry played a brilliant game and is undoubtedly the player of the game in this one. Again, her 18 points came in just 16 minutes of play.

''From the minute (McCoughtry) stepped on the floor to when the game ended she was the dominant player," said US coach Geno Auriemma, per the AP. "That's something that I think we have that very few if any teams in this tournament have so I'm fortunate to have that option.''

If McCaughtry can continue to produce, there is plenty to look forward to for Team USA this summer.



What's Next?

It was an integral win against a formidable opponent and it will greatly benefit Team USA going forward. The United States are now 3-0 in group play and have upcoming contests against the Czech Republic and China to finish things off.

Meanwhile, a 2-1 Turkish side will have the pressure building on them as the Games continue. They play against both China and Croatia to close out group play. It will be integral for this team to play well these last two games in order to qualify for the knockout stages.


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