USA vs. China Women's Basketball: Start Time, Live Stream Info, Preview & More

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 4, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  (L-R) Diana Taurasi #12, Tamika Catchings #10, Sue Bird #6, Seimone Augustus #5 and Tina Charles #14 of the United States stand together on the court in the Women's Basketball Preliminary Round match between the United States and Turkey on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The United States women's basketball team will put its impressive 37-game winning streak on the line against China in both squads' final preliminary round game.

The Chinese may not have a crazy win streak like their opponents, but they haven't exactly been struggling through this tournament either.

China has gone 3-1 so far in the preliminary round, with the only loss coming against Turkey last game.

That loss might shake the U.S. opponent a bit however, considering Turkey embarrassed them by a score of 82-55.

America is winning its bouts by an average score of 29 points and defeated Turkey by 31 points when the two met two games ago. Those facts are intimidating to say the least, but China has a punchers chance considering the team had too many close encounters before losing to Turkey.

Here's your one-stop shop for all the info you need on the contest.


Where: London, England

When: Sunday, August 5 at 11:45 a.m. ET

Watch: NBC Basketball and NBC Sports Network

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Key Players to Watch

Diana Taurasi, USA

Taurasi has been an instrumental part of Team USA's efforts so far in London, but she finally put all aspects of her game together against the Czech Republic last game.

The veteran member of the squad finally found her rhythm from beyond the three-point line in that contest, going 4-8 from beyond the arc with 18 points overall.

She was one of four Americans to post double-digit points against the Czechs, so Taurasi should have others taking the pressure off her during the game against China as she did in the last bout.

With others earning the attention of the China defense, it could allow Taurasi to get going at the three-point line for the second straight game.


Chen Nan, China

The Chinese captain has been putting on an impressive Olympics performance of her own so far, posting 72 points through the first four contests for her team. She has been dominant in every game so far, even against Turkey where her team was in no position to win for most of the contest.

If the Chinese have a chance to stop the United States' winning streak before it reaches 38, they have to get Chen open early and often. She needs to post at least her tournament average of 18 points in this contest, but another 10 on the scoreboard wouldn't hurt either.


Prediction: U.S. Wins

This isn't a case of national homerism, the fact of it all is that the Americans are the more talented of the two squads. The team of Taurasi, Candace Parker, Sue Bird and company are more of a "dream team" than their male counterparts and have been simply dominant in these London Games.

China will put together a valiant effort anchored by its captain, but don't be expecting anything historic from the team in this game.