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USA vs. China Women's Basketball: Grades, Twitter Reaction and Analysis

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IAugust 5, 2012

China and the USA may be locked in a battle for medal supremacy at the 2012 Olympics, but on the women's basketball court, there is nothing remotely competitive about this matchup. That much became clear as Team USA blasted its way to a 114-66 win. 

This one was actually close after the first period as the U.S. led just 31-28, but it wasn't long into the second quarter when the question hanging over this contest switched from who would win to what records will Team USA claim in the trouncing. 

Well they set the Olympics record for assists, finishing with 30, and they tied the U.S. women's mark for most points in a game, which they could have also broken if they were into bad sportsmanship, but they let the clock mercifully expire. 

This game merely continued the dominance that the U.S. women have handed down on the basketball court as it was their 38th straight Olympics win. 

Twitter Reaction

ESPN's Cindy Brunson was excited about the win and pointed out some of the mind-blowing stats. 

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Women's @usabasketball tie record for most points w/ 114 pts & set mark 4 most assists in huge win v China. D Taurasi led way w/ 22 points!

— Cindy Brunson (@ESPNCindyB) August 5, 2012

Meanwhile, this fan comes to a bold conclusion. 

USA basketball in the Olympics isn't even fair

— Matt (@whyMattRand) August 5, 2012

The men's narrow win over Lithuania their last time on the court doesn't really support this claim, but just about everything the women have done does.  

This game was another sterling performance by Diana Taurasi (more on that below), and it prompted this astute proclamation from Bap

Diana Turasi is the best player on the Women's USA basketball team. Hands down.

— Bap. (@rozaybryant) August 5, 2012


Grades for Key Team USA Players

Maya Moore: B

Not a lot was needed out of Moore in this contest. She finished with 12 points by going 5-for-9 from the field. She also grabbed seven rebounds. 

It was a solid effort in a string of excellent performances. 

Diana Taurasi: A

Diana Taurasi couldn't miss on Sunday. She finished the game going 8-for-10 from the floor with 22 points, and that included going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. She also added four steals.

Taurasi is fueling this team on the offensive and defensive end. It is impressive how many different ways she can spark a run. 

What's Next? 

This game concluded group play for the Americans, which they did in dominant 5-0 fashion. It is now onto the quarterfinals that begin Tuesday, August 7.

The U.S. will play Canada in their elimination opener. That is terrible news for Canada. 

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