USA vs. Canada Women's Olympic Basketball: Live Score, Stats & Recap

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Diana Taurasi #12 of United States drives to the basket against Lizanne Murphy #12 of Canada during the Women's Basketball quaterfinal on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 7, 2012  in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Team USA women's basketball team continued its London Olympic dominance against Canada in the first game of elimination play Tuesday, beating an overwhelmed Canadian squad 91-48 victory.

The United States defense suffocated Canada's Princeton offense, forcing 22 total turnovers while using those turnovers to create points in the open court.

If there's any critique for Team USA coming out of the game, it's that they did not shoot the ball well from the outside. The U.S. went just 2-for-9 from beyond the three-point arc and shot just 47.3 percent overall from the field. For a team that came in shooting 55.0 percent, this game represents a reversion to the mean.

Leading the way for Team USA was Diana Taurasi who dropped 15 points while three players tied for the rebounding lead with seven.

The result was barely in doubt as Canada shoot just 30.2 percent from the field and often struggled to get shots up, period.

For the Canadians, simply getting into the elimination round should be seen as a success, though. They were the youngest team in London and were making their first appearance since the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.

Up next for Team USA is a likely matchup against Australia, a team which many feel is the United States' biggest threat.

But if the American defense is as strong against the Aussies as it was against Canada, there seems to be little chance for Team USA's 39-game Olympic winning streak to fall.