Women's Olympic Basketball 2012 Scores: Quarterfinal Results, Stats & More
The women's Olympic basketball competition has reached the quarterfinal stage of the tournament at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Candace Parker and the United States head into the latter stages of the tournament as the clear favorites to take home their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal, but undefeated France—among others—have something to say about that.
There are eight teams moving on from group play, all of which are capable of bringing us a shocking upset in the knockout stages of the tournament.
Here you can find predictions, results and statistics for every matchup over the next few days.
All games take place on August 7.
United States vs. Canada
Update: Tuesday, August 7, 10:40 am ET by Patrick Clarke
USA 91, Canada 48
The US women's Olympic basketball team annihilated Canada on Tuesday in the quarterfinal stage. The US led from start to finish, and saw 11 of its 12 players score at least once.
The Americans were led by Diana Taurasi, who scored 15 points and tallied four assists in the rout. Kim Smith was the high scorer for Canada with 13 points for the game.
Team USA will go on to play the winner of Australia vs. China in the semifinals on Thursday. The US women are guaranteed at least a shot at the bronze medal now.
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The U.S. women's Olympic team has dominated the competition through five games in these 2012 London Games to the tune of a 5-0 record.
Canada, on the other hand, moves on to the quarterfinals despite posting just a 2-3 record through their first five contests. The Canadians haven't met the Americans in London yet, but this matchup figures to be their last at these Olympic Games.
Candace Parker and company will move on to the quarterfinals with plenty of momentum and confidence. Geno Auriemma's squad has accumulated a tournament-best plus-183 scoring differential, largely in part due to its 48-point victory over China in the final game of group play.
Unfortunately for the Americans, no stats carry over to the quarterfinal stages, but that shouldn't be a problem, as Team USA is clearly the best team in this competition.
It would be nothing short of a terrible letdown if the American women are unable to bring home their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal, and it starts here with what should be an easy win.
Australia vs. China
Update: Tuesday, August 7, 12:55 pm ET by Patrick Clarke
Australia 75, China 60
The Aussies turned a halftime deficit into a quarterfinal win on Tuesday against China. Australia outscored China 40-24 in the second half to cruise into the women's basketball semifinals at London.
Australia was led by Liz Cambage, who scored 17 points and brought in seven big rebounds on Tuesday. For the Chinese, it was Ma Zengyu scoring a team-high 15 points in the losing effort.
The Australian women will go on to play the United States in the semifinals on Thursday, where they will be heavy underdogs taking on the defending gold medalists.
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Australia grabbed the second spot in Group B, with its only loss coming against first-place France in the team's second game of the tournament.
China finished third in Group A, losing to Turkey and the United States in their final two games in group play.
The Australians, along with Russia, were expected to be the main challengers to the United States in this competition, but have since yielded that title to the French. They could regain that title with a dominant showing against China.
China's Nah Chen leads the competition in scoring, dropping 17.6 points per game. Her teammate Lijie Miao is the top rebounder through five games, pulling down an impressive 7.4 boards per night.
Australia's biggest interior presence, 6'5" Lauren Jackson, will need to be at her best for Australia to avoid an upset. She has been solid thus far, so her team should be able to get a win in the quarterfinals.
Russia vs. Turkey
UPDATE: Tuesday, August 7 at 6:35 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
Russia 66, Turkey 63
This was a well-played and intense game. The Russians jumped out to an early lead and held it until the third quarter where Turkey rallied and sent the game tied into the final quarter of play.
Defense took over in the fourth, and the Russians won that quarter 15-12, and consequently the game.
Russia's Becky Hammon came off the bench to lead her team in points at 19, but she was just 7-for-16 from the field. However, one of those seven makes was the go-ahead shot with just 13 seconds remaining.
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Turkey has been the surprise team in these 2012 London Olympic Games and will be looking to continue their recent string of success in its quarterfinal matchup against Russia.
The Russians haven't put on the show that they were expected to in these Games, but find themselves in prime position to advance to the semifinals with a win over Turkey.
That won't come easy, but barring a terrible showing, Igor Grudin's squad will be able to move on to the next round.
This is Turkey's first Olympic basketball competition, and the current team has done well to further the sport of the cause thanks to a solid display, but expect Russia to stomp out the Cinderella run when the two teams meet on Tuesday.
France vs. Czech Republic
UPDATE: Tuesday, August 7 at 7:10 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
France 71, Czech Republic 68
After an impressive comeback, France has reached its first Olympics semifinal in women's basketball.
The Czech Republic led by as many as 13 and took a ten-point lead into the fourth, but France outscored them 30-17 in that quarter to steal the win.
Celine Dumerc led the way for France with 23 points and drilled a three with just over a minute left to t give France a 67-65 lead, and Enden Miyem scored four late points to seal the victory.
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France has been the second-best team in this tournament behind the United States, winning all five group play games.
Celine Dumerc leads the team in scoring and assists, putting up a respectable 14.4 points per game to go with three helpers a night. She is also among the tournament leaders in the steals department, meaning she can get the job done on both sides of the ball.
The Czech Republic side hasn't been all that impressive through the first five games, but there have been occasional signs of promise. Eva Viteckova has scored 14.8 points per game to lead the team, while averaging over 31 minutes per game.
All signs point to the French women scoring an easy victory, as the Czechs aren't much to fear in these quarterfinals.
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