US women beat Canada 91-48 to reach Olympic semis

8:50 AM, Aug 7, 2012   |    comments
Seimone Augustus of USA women's basketball (Courtesy US Presswire)
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AP Basketball Writer

LONDON (AP) - Diana Taurasi scored 15 points and Candace Parker added 12 to lead the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team to a 91-48 rout of Canada on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals.

It took the Americans a while to get going.

Unlike their last game when they had their way on offense in a 114-66 rout of China, the Americans were sloppy early on against Canada. So they turned up the defensive pressure.

The U.S. hasn't lost to Canada since playing in the 1975 world championship tournament.

The victory was the 39th straight for the Americans in Olympic play and came 20 years to the day after the win that started the streak - a 88-74 victory over Cuba for the bronze medal in the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The four-time defending gold medalists will make their eighth consecutive appearance in the Olympic semifinals.

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