The U.S. overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Australia 86-73 in the semifinals of the 2012 London Games. The Americans seek to win their fifth straight gold medal after extending their Olympic winning streak to 40-0.
The Aussies, led by Liz Cambage, had no problems scoring against the Americans in the first half. At halftime the Opals led 47-43 and Cambage had 19 points. However, the young center was shut down by the defensive pressure of the U.S. in the second half. She was scoreless after the break.
Minnesota Lynx players Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus helped spur the U.S.’s dominance in the third quarter. At the beginning of the fourth period, the U.S. led 65-59 with Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Tina Charles with 10 points each.
Charles finished the game with 14 points plus 10 rebounds. Taurasi also had 14 points plus five rebounds. Bird ended the game with 13 points and four rebounds.
For Australia, Cambage had seven rebounds to go along with her 19 points. Lauren Jackson added 14 points plus 17 rebounds. Kristi Harrower scored 12 points and pulled down four rebounds while Jenna O’Hea added 10 points and three assists.
Saturday, the U.S. faces the winner of the France vs. Russia game later today. [Full Schedule and Previous Results]
USA vs. Australia in the Olympics:
- 2012 86-73
- 2008 92- 65
- 2004 74- 63
- 2000 76- 54
- 1996 93- 71
- 1996 96- 79
- 1984 81- 47