Tuesday , Aug , 07 , 2012 Matt Formica

Team USA Women to Face Canada in Basketball Quarterfinal Tomorrow

Team USA Women to Face Canada in Basketball Quarterfinal Tomorrow

The USA Women’s Soccer team won an amazing game 4-3 against Canada in the semi-finals earlier today.  Tomorrow, the countries will face each other again, only this time, on the hardwood.

Hoopsvibe’s Quick Call:  USA will beat Canada in basketball much easier than they did in soccer.

As 35-point favorites, Team USA should have no problem beating the Canadiens in tomorrow’s quarterfinal matchup.  But don’t count the Canadiens out yet.

Underdogs with nothing to lose can present a difficult challenge.  And that is not something to underestimate in an elimination game. 

So far the USA Women have been much like the USA Men, blazing through the preliminary games with an average margin of victory of 37 points.  Yesterday, they earned the top spot in their group with a 114-66 win over China.  Diana Taurasi, who had 22 points in yesterday’s win, is complimented by WNBA stars Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings.  They also have a very deep bench and a lot of Olympic experience.

Team USA Women has been unstoppable in recent history, having won Gold in the last four Olympic games.  A win over Canada tomorrow would give them their seventh straight semi-finals appearance.

But tomorrow is a new day – it’s also Canada’s first trip to the quarterfinals in the country’s Olympic history.  So chances are, they are going to come to play and the Americans will have to be on their game to stop them.

“Canada has been in every single game and they finished fourth,” Team USA Women’s Coach, Gino Aureimma said.  “They’ve had a chance in every game.  It’s the kind of tournament where you’ve got to play well every night.  For us we’re a little fortunate that we’re a little deeper.”

Coach Alison McNeill, Canada’s head coach, who didn’t sound very confident about tomorrow’s matchup said, “It’s probably a forgone conclusion, but we’re going to play.  We’re going to play hard and do the best we can do to win.”

Come on coach!  Be more positive!

Well, maybe managing your expectations isn’t a bad idea.

Tip off for tomorrow’s game is set for 9 a.m. ET.

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