2012 London Olympics Women’s Basketball Quarterfinal Results

From twelve teams, the field is now down to four teams after a drama-filled quarterfinal matches in the ongoing 2012 London Olympics women’s basketball competition.

USA opened the final-eight festivities by sending a strong message to the rest of the field with a dominating 91-48 win over Canada, who did not find their rhythm after failing to adjust to the excellent defensive sets of the Americans.

Diana Taurasi had 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, while Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker added 12 points apiece for America, whose defensive highlight of the day was when they forced Canada to three shot-violations in the first seven minutes.

“It's one thing to miss a shot, but to not be able to get a shot off says a lot about your defense,” USA head coach Geno Auriemma said. “It brings your team closer together because it took all five guys to create that and takes the life out of the offense of the other team.”

With the win, the three-time defending Olympic champion advanced to the semifinals for the eight-straight time. The mighty Americans will face Australia in the semifinals after the Opals dispatched the Chinese squad, 75-60, behind the 17-point performance of Liz Cambage.

In the third game of the day, Russia displayed tremendous composure down the stretch to eke out a gut-wrenching 66-63 win over Turkey.

Becky Hammon starred for Russia as she finish with 19 points and five assists – highlighted by big baskets and how she adjusted with the physicality of the Turkish squad against her.

“We hung in there and we stuck it out. They're physical so we had to fight through that,” she said after the game. “In the second half it was just a battle. They started double-teaming me late in the first half but we really hurt them when they did that in the second half.”

On the other hand, France, who finished on top of Group B after sweeping their preliminary round games, was on the verge of absorbing an upset defeat, but they managed to recover in time to escape with a nail-biting 71-68 win over Czech Republic.

Celine Dumerc scored 10 of her 23 points in the final period to spark a huge rally that caught their opponent by surprise, leading to the huge win that arranged a semis showdown with Russia.

“We beat a really good team,” France coach Pierre Vincent said. “They played a really good game. We made a lot of mistakes and I don't know where we found the energy and the confidence to win this game.”

The semifinals will be on Thursday with the USA-Australia showdown taking place at 17:00 (GMT+1) followed by the France-Russia duel at 21:00 (GMT+1) at the Olympic Basketball Arena.

2012 London Olympics Women’s Basketball Quarterfinal Results

  • USA 91 – 48 Canada
  • Australia 75 – 60 China
  • Turkey 63 – 66 Russia
  • France 71 – 68 Czech Republic

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