The United States entered its match against the Czech Republic on a 36-game winning streak. That streak was put to the test early, but the Americans overcame the test and easily coasted to their 37th straight victory by a score of 88-61.
The Czechs took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and finished with a two-point lead over the Americans at the end of the first quarter. That's just what it took for Team USA to wake up, however, and behind Maya Moore and Candace Parker the team was able to storm back in the second.
The U.S. took over in the second quarter, going on a 20-10 run at one point, and led by a score of 48-38 at halftime.
That second-quarter momentum wouldn't end in the second half, however, as Team USA just blew the doors off this game after halftime, with the Czechs trailing by double-digits for the entirety of the second half.
Four members of coach Geno Auriemma's team finished with double-digits in the game as the Americans showed why they are the favorites in London.
After witnessing the Czech Republic's surprising start to the game, NBC's Liam McHugh tweeted out his reaction:
US Women's basketball team has rolled to 36 straight Olympic wins. But they trail Czech Republic 26-24 after 1st Q.Game on @nbcsn— Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) August 3, 2012
Basketball analyst LaChina Robinson wanted to let her followers know just how great Angel McCoughtry has been for Team USA while watching the game, stating:
Once the game concluded, Team USA's official Twitter account tweeted out the final score and highlighted some top scorer's performances:
Final: USA Women 88, Czech Republic 61. Taurasi leads all scorers with 18 points, Charles adds 16 and Moore tallies 14 points.— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 3, 2012
Grades for American Players
Maya Moore: A
Moore was an instrumental part of Team USA's ability to right the ship in the second quarter. She posted seven points, six rebounds and one steal, block and assist in the first half.
Just after the second quarter concluded, Moore spoke with NBC's Craig Sager, saying, "I'm just trying to come in and bring some energy."
Well, it's safe to say she accomplished her goal.
Diana Taurasi: A+
One thing that had been missing from Taurasi's performance during the London Games was her three-point shot. It appears she has found it as she went 4-8 from beyond the arc.
She also put together a solid performance on the defensive side of the ball.
She had 18 points overall in the game, and found her rhythm from three-point land, which was one of the best developments for Team USA.
The United States is now 4-0 in these London Games and will take on China in the final game of the preliminary round of play on August 5, while the Czechs will take on Angola that same day.