Two wins down, (hopefully) many more to come.
The U.S. women's basketball team continued to steamroll its Olympic competition when it destroyed Angola 90-38 on Monday, improving to 2-0 thus far in London. Two days earlier, the Americans beat Croatia 81-56.
Next up on the docket is Turkey, which will also enter the matchup with an undefeated record. Though Turkey hasn't been tearing apart its opponents in the same devastating fashion as the U.S., wins are wins, and Turkey has two of them: versus Angola (72-50) and versus the Czech Republic (61-57).
One team is about to endure its first loss of the Olympic season—and chances are it won't be the team that hasn't lost one of its last 35 Olympic matchups. Here's a prediction of which team will come out on top on Wednesday, as well as a look at where and when you can see all of the action go down.
Where: London, England
When: Wednesday, August 1 at 5 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Key Players to Watch
U.S.: Candace Parker
The versatile guard/forward was a star at Tennessee, where she became the first woman to dunk twice in a college game. Currently, she's a star for the L.A. Sparks. And now, as expected, she's a star for Team USA, too.
Parker notched a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in the Americans' huge win over Angola, just two days after registering a double-double against Croatia, when she finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Not too bad, two games into the Olympics.
Not only is Parker a threat because of what she can do on both ends of the floor; the winner of two national titles with the Volunteers knows what it takes to stay focused enough to remain undefeated throughout the duration of this Olympic schedule.
Though the U.S. has been utterly dominant in its first two games, it now stands the risk of becoming complacent. That's what happens when you blow away your competition by 52 points: you think you're invincible. With the experience of players like Parker, though, the Americans will have a good shot at staying focused and refusing to buy into their own hype.
Turkey: Emine Palazoglu
Turkey's second victory—a slim, four-point win over the Czech Republic—was nowhere near as easy as its first, when it took down Angola by 22 points. But one similarity was that in each game, Emine Palazoglu's impact was equally important.
In Turkey's second matchup versus the Czech Republic, Palazoglu finished with 11 points, and in a very tight game, she was a key factor in building Turkey's 12-point halftime lead, according to the Associated Press. Against Angola, she had a team-leading 13 points.
Turkey's strongest suit is its frontcourt, which also features former VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth, who is good for 10 or so points per game. But Palazoglu is the linchpin. The U.S. must find a way to contain her if it wants to limit Turkey as effectively as it limited Angola the last time out.
Prediction: U.S. Wins
Turkey may have been the runner-up at the European Championship, but this is its first Olympic appearance—at least in basketball—and it hasn't yet met competition like the U.S.
The Americans have won the last four gold medals and don't often lose at all—but especially coming off a win like their last against Angola. Their offense looked excellent and their defense looked even better; this U.S. team is cruising right now, and it's going to take a challenge more formidable than Turkey to disrupt that momentum.