The USA women showed against the Croatian team, when everyone is touching the ball and the offense is flowing, that they are unbeatable. The blow-out win of 109-55 sent a message to their first match-up of the 2012 Olympics in London. The message was sent loud and clear that there isn’t one but 12 good reasons why the USA women are ranked number one. Those 12 reasons are Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, Asjha Jones, Tina Charles, Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Angel McCoughtry, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Tamika Catchings, and Candace Parker.
For the next exhibition, they played the host team Turkey and it was far from a blow-out. The players and coaches from Turkey may have had a slight advantage over other teams because they have played with or against Diana, Sylvia, Angel, Tamika, Tina, and Seimone many times throughout the course of a Turkish league season. Diana, Sylvia, and Tina played last season in Galatasaray and Angel McCoughtry just finished a stellar season with Fenerbahce. Seimone and Tamika played two seasons ago in Turkey as well. With that being said, Turkey led, by one of our very own Quanitra Hollingsworth, with 16 points and were proven a feisty bunch against some of their familiar match-ups.
Team USA did not shoot well but still found a way to win an ugly offensive and defensive game where the refs made a lot of questionable calls. Tina Charles and Candace Parker both got called for four fouls and weren’t able to be as efficient. Because the USA team is deeper they were able to wear Turkey down in the last 10 minutes of the game. It was a good test for the team after a blow-out win against Croatia. Now they have some quality practice time to work on things before their team mission officially begins on the 28th.
That team mission is “Operation Gold” as Tamika Catchings stated in an interview. That is the main focus once they reach London and anything less than gold would be a failure. The entire team is together with Sue Bird returning and gold is their limit. Stay tuned as the USA women’s dominance lands in London and makes those London bridges come falling down.
Photo credit: Joe Toth/US PRESSWIRE
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