USA vs. Czech Republic Women's Basketball: Live Score, Stats & Analysis
Team USA takes on Team Czech Republic in its fourth game of group play, attempting to go 4-0 and continue its unbeaten streak which extends back to 1996.
The Czech Republic, meanwhile, needs a win to keep any hopes of advancing alive. Too bad it is running into a team averaging 86 points a game, 16 more than the next closest team.
Team USA still has a few glaring issues, mainly their inability (today at least) to finish in transition, but the three pointers started to fall and the defense was dominant.
In all, this team can let one aspect of their game and still completely dominate, which should keep the rest of the world nervous, even Liz Cambage, the amazing dunking Aussie.
That's all for me tonight, folks. Keep it with B/R all Olympics long for some ferocious live blogs and constant updates.
Final Score: USA 88, Czech Republic 61
We've got a final box score here for anyone interested.
I'll go ahead and give you guys a quick rundown of the top performers for each side.
Diana Taurasi: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists. 4 for 8 for three.
Tina Charles: 16 points, 14 rebounds (8 offensive), 1 assist
Maya Moore: 14 points, 8 rebounds
Angel McCoughtry: 8 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive)
Shout out to Lindsay Whalen who, despite her inability to convert in transition ended up with eight points and nine rebounds (four of which were offensive), despite being the smallest person on the floor.
Michaela Zrustova: 15 points, 2 rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting
Eva Viteckova: 12 points, 4 rebounds with three threes
The US gets the ball back with under 20 seconds left and dribbles the clock out to give them their 37th straight Olympic victory.
Final Score: USA 88, Czech Republic 61
Zrustova drives into the lane and hits a runner in traffic as Czech Republic tries to keep this one under 30.
She gets the ball back after a bad possession from the US and contributes to the effort with a base-line jumper.
USA 88, Czech Republic 61 with 0:31 left in the fourth.
Zohnova hits a runner in the lane but trades that bucket for a bucket from Candace Parker on the other end.
USA 88, Czech Republic 57 with 1:57 left in the fourth.
Lindsay Whalen gets two fast-break opportunities and misses both subsequent lay-ups. It seems like they've missed at least six of those this game, and that's being conservative.
Should they make more of these transition buckets they'd easily be up by 40 points.
Angel McCoughtry puts in a lay-in off an offensive rebound.
USA 86, Czech Republic 55 with 3:10 left in the fourth.
Bartanova hits a runner in the lane and a missed three gives the ball back to the Czech Republic. A very Dirk Nowitzki looking step-back from Zrustova puts together a mini run for the Czechs.
Tamika Catchings answers with a jumper on the pop from Maya Moore and the transition layup off a steal.
USA 84, Czech Republic 55 with 5:02 left in the fourth.
Maya Moore hits an open jumper as soon as she's substituted in to give her 14 points, behind Diana Taurasi with 15 and Tina Charles with 16.
Taurasi then takes the scoring lead with an open three from the wing.
USA 80, Czech Republic 51 with 6:15 left in the fourth.
Alena Hanusova puts in her second bucket of the game, but she's matched on the other end with a jumper from the corner from Simone Augustus before Team USA substitutes for all five girls on the floor.
USA 77, Czech Republic 51
Michaela Zrustova opens up the scoring in the fourth with two free throws, but Asjha Jones matches her with an elbow jumper on the other end.
USA 72, Czech Republic 49 with 9:00 left in the fourth.
McCoughtry ends the scoring in the third quarter with a baseline jumper, pushing the US lead to 23 points.
USA 70, Czech Republic 47 after the third quarter.
Two more offensive rebounds leads to a lay-in for Angel McCoughtry. A offensive foul on Burgrova gives her five fouls, sending her to the bench for the remainder.
Turnovers and buckets from Whalen, McCoughtry, Whalen again and Charles pushes the lead even further, but the Czechs respond with buckets from Zrustova, Bartakova and Hanusova.
USA 68, Czech Republic 47 with 0:50 left in the third.
Tina Charles bumps the lead up to 19 points with a shot in the paint, giving her 14 for the game.
Charles gets the ball after the Czech turnover and draws the foul. After roughly 87 offensive rebounds by the US in the paint the smallest girl on the floor, Lindsay Whalen draws the foul and makes both free throws.
USA 62, Czech Republic 41 with 3:55 left in the third.
Diana Taurasi drops in another three, this time from the opposite corner, putting an 18-point lead up on the Czech women.
An outlet pass to Viteckova leads to a foul by Sue Bird, making one of two free throws.
USA 58, Czech Republic 41 with 5:40 left in the third.
The US continues the run with a jumper from Maya Moore, but Peckova ends the run with an 18-footer from the baseline.
Moore gets the ball back on the elbow and backs her way to another bucket.
USA 55, Czech Republic 40.
Diana Taurasi opens up the scoring in the third quarter with a three from the wing.
USA 51, Czech Republic 38 with 8:20 left in the second.
Petra Kulichova does her best Reggie Evans impersonation, missing her first three throw without hitting anything and her second clanks off the back of the rim. Vesela gets the rebound off the second miss and puts it back in.
USA 48, Czech Republic 38 at the end of the second.
It's looking like hack-a-Parker in the post as Candace makes it to the line yet again, this time knocking down both her free throws.
USA 48, Czech Republic 36 with 1:48 left in the second.
Tamika Catchings extends the US lead with a long jumper, but Czech Republic gets the two points back with the give-and-go to Burgrova.
Catchings hits another jumper from the same exact spot, a missed three from the Czech Republic leads to a transition bucket from McCoughtry.
USA 46, Czech Republic 36 with 2:22 left in the second.
Diana Taurasi picks up her second steal of the game, putting down a transition lay-up, Peckova matches her with a jumper on the other end.
Candace Parker rips down an offensive rebound from the missed three from Bird, draws the foul and makes one of two free throws.
USA 40, Czech Republic 34 with 3:50 left in the second.
Viteckova and Charles trade baskets, but Charles extends the lead with two more buckets in the post. She's absolutely dominating in the paint, looking like Andrew Bynum with her shake-and-bake post moves. She has 10 points in six minutes of play so far.
USA 37, Czech Republic 32 with 5:34 left in the second.
Maya Moore opens up the scoring in the second quarter with a transition jumper, but the Czechs take the lead back on the next possession with a runner in the lane from MIchaela Zrustova.
Another two from Horakova is met with a three from Diana Taurasi and a transition bucket from Tamika Catchings, giving the US the lead.
USA 31, Czech Republic 30 with 6:38 left in the second.
The quarter comes to an end with both sides missing three-pointers, the buzzer blowing with the US down after the first quarter for the first time in these Olympics.
These Czech women have hit six of their 11 three pointers compared to just three of their 11 two-pointers. The US team is going to have to force them to put the ball on the floor with some more pressure around the perimeter.
Czech Republic 26, USA 24 after the first quarter.
The US defense fails to pressure the three point line, leading to an open three from Katerina Bartonova.
Lindsay Whalen comes down on the other end, draws a foul and sinks both free throws.
The Czechs return the favor with a pair of corner threes, one from Peckova and one from Zrustova to take the lead.
Czech Republic 26, USA 24 with 0:30 left in the first.
Candace Parker gets her first two points of the game, draining a leaner in the lane and drawing the foul, but missing the free throw.
The teams trade a few turnovers before Simone Augusts drains a three and everyone stares dreamily at her tattoos.
USA 22, Czech Republic 17 with 1:56 left in the first.
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