Aug. 7, 2012
The USA Olympic women's basketball team and former Gopher Lindsay Whalen advanced to the semifinals of the London 2012 Olympic Games and improved to a perfect 6-0 after defeating Canada, 91-48, in the quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena in London, England. Whalen contributed five points and two assists in the victory.
The USA women are currently riding a 39-game Olympic winning streak, which began exactly 20 years ago today with the USA's 1992 Olympic Bronze medal victory vs. Cuba.
In the contest against their neighbors to the North, the Americans got off to a slow start offensively making just one of their first seven attempts from the floor. But, the USA squad recuperated with an 11-0 run near the end of the first quarter to take a 19-4 lead, thanks in large part to the team's stellar defense. From that point on, the USA never looked back and at one point had doubled Canada's total.
USA forced Canada to commit 26 turnovers in the victory and had 15 steals, compared to only three for the Canucks.
The squad will take on Australia in the semifinals Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT. The Australian women defeated China, 75-60, to earn their berth in the semis.
The USA women earned the No. 1 seed in Group A by cruising through the semifinals with a perfect 5-0 record, defeating Croatia (81-56), Angola (90-38), Turkey (89-58), Czech Republic (88-61) and China (114-66).
In six games played, Whalen is averaging 9.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game on 111 minutes played. She is shooting .583 from the field and .867 from the free throw line, while also adding seven steals.
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