In its third exhibition game of the USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team defeated Canada 83-43 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Fever teammates Tamika Catchings (USA) and Natalie Achonwa (Canada) squared off against each other. Catchings had two points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists, and Achonwa had seven points, three rebounds and three steals. The two teams will face each other again on Friday, Aug. 12, in the group stage of the Olympics.
Associated Press Recap —
Diana Taurasi scored 14 points and Elena Delle Donne added 12 to help the U.S. women’s basketball team beat Canada 83-43 on Friday night in an exhibition game.
After struggling in their first two exhibition games in the first half, the Americans jumped all over their neighbors to the north.
The U.S. had just a three-point lead on the U.S.A. Select Team in their pre-Olympic tour opener Monday and led France by one point at the half on Wednesday. The Americans wouldn’t let that happen against Canada.
Geno Auriemma started five UConn alums much to the delight of the Connecticut fans who turned out in force to send off the Americans to the Rio Olympics next week. Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart struggled offensively when they played, but defensively, they shut down Canada.
The Canadians missed 13 of their first 14 shots and couldn’t recover from the slow start, trailing by 13 after one quarter and 24 at the half.