LONDON – With their offense on a hiatus early, the U.S. women turned up the defensive pressure and cruised into the semifinals of the Olympic basketball tournament.
Diana Taurasi scored 15 points and Candace Parker added 12 to lead the Americans to a 91-48 rout of Canada on Aug. 7 and advanced to the semifinals for the eighth straight time.
While the four-time defending gold medalists had their way on offense in their last game – a 114-66 rout of China – they were sloppy early on against Canada.
It was the defense that got the U.S. going – the Americans forced 26 turnovers.
The U.S. held Canada to the fewest points it has given up in an Olympic quarterfinals since beating Slovakia 58-43 in 2000.
Next up for the U.S. in the semifinals on Thursday is a meeting with the winner of the Australia-China game.
Sylvia Fowles played in her second straight game after missing three in a row to rest a sore left foot. She only played nine minutes in the win over China. She looked stronger against Canada scoring 12 points in 9 minutes.
Kim Smith scored 13 points to lead Canada.