The women of USA basketball might be the most impressive and dominant team in any sport being played in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. They have been absolutely destroying the competition and Tuesday morning’s matchup against Canada was no different.
Team USA stomped on its neighbors to the north in a 91-48 beatdown. The contest was anything but friendly, as both squads played very physical defense.
The Americans had all but wrapped up the game by halftime, mounting a 42-21 lead at the break and holding the Canadians to just 22.2 percent shooting. For the game, the U.S. forced Canada in to 26 turnovers.
Let’s take a look at what fans thought about the contest via Twitter and grade some of the performances on both sides.
The Team USA women haven’t lost an Olympic Game since 1992 and are on an unprecedented streak. They could certainly be considered a “Dream Team” as this Twitter user says.
Team USA Women's Basketball with their 39th straight win. They haven't lost in 20 years. The real dream team. #Olympics— Jem Joven (@jemjoven) August 7, 2012
Before the game ended, Adnan Virk of ESPN commented that the epic soccer game between the US and Canada was much closer (it ended in the 122 minute with a 4-3 score in the Americans favor).
Canada down 81-40 to USA in women's basketball. Well at least, the soccer was close #Olympics2012— Adnan Virk, ESPN (@adnanESPN) August 7, 2012
The embarrassing loss by the Canadians apparently hurt the pride of some nationals.
Embarrassing. Usa women's Basketball beat Canada 91-48. I'm officially never telling anyone i'm canadian again.— Phylicia(@_ZOLANSKIII) August 7, 2012
Grades for Key Team USA Players
Diana Taurasi: A
The Phoenix Mercury star has been the heart and soul of Team USA lately. She finished the game with 15 points, four assists and three rebounds. She hit 5-7 shots from the floor and once again proved she’s one of the best players in the world.
Expect the 30-year-old to play even better as the Americans advance deep into the tournament.
Candace Parker: B+
Parker was the other American star in this game. She nailed 6-8 shots to total 12 points. Parker also grabbed five boards and dished out three assists.
She played limited minutes but made a big impact and helped the United States to an easy victory.
Grades for Key Team Canada Players
Kim Smith: C+
The 28-year-old is Canada’s top competitor, but she did not have enough in her to conquer the Americans by her lonesome.
Despite being suffocated at times by Team USA's tenacious defense, Smith managed to put up 13 points and grab six rebounds.
It was an admirable performance in spite of the overwhelming odds and relatively unskilled teammates surrounding her.
Team USA has advanced further into the medal stage and will meet the winner of Australia vs. China in the semifinals.
It’s hard to fathom that the American women will struggle whatsoever against either of those teams and should easily find themselves in the gold-medal contest on Saturday.