50 points, folks celebrate their dominance.
Same team struggles in a game, folks have kittens.
Another American team wins by an average of 60 points, folks have kittens.
What in the name of sexism and disrespect is going on here?!?!?!!
Oh. Right. Same. Ole. Bulls#t.
Are people literally saying USAWB is bad for the game?! I CANNOT HEAR YOU OVER THE SOUND OF OUR MULTIPLE GOLD MEDALS CLANKING TOGETHER
Diana Taurasi and her U.S. teammates knew they’d be in for a test against Serbia.
The end result was another blowout victory, but the Americans couldn’t put it on cruise control like they had in their first two wins.
Taurasi scored 22 of her Olympic-best 25 points in the first half to help the U.S. beat Serbia 110-84 on Wednesday and advance to the quarterfinals.
Diana Taurasi has been there, done that, and won literally everything there is to win in women’s basketball — no, really. Everything.
NCAA titles at Connecticut. WNBA titles with Phoenix. Three Olympic gold medals (and counting….). Pro and college most valuable player awards and European titles in Russia, where she pulls down a $1 million-plus annual salary. She was actually paid by her Russian team not to play for the Mercury last summer, the better to rest her body for this year’s overseas run all the way to — are you kidding? — a seventh European title. So it was no surprise at all really when Taurasi — the ultimate winner — seemed to take it a little personally Tuesday when Serbia, the U.S. team’s third-round opponent at the Rio Summer Olympics, had ambitions of muddying this pretty picture. Serbia actually took a one-point lead with eight minutes gone in the first quarter — a rarity against this U.S. team — only to see Taurasi answer by scoring 11 of the United States’ next 15 points.
What makes this program so great? Is it the culture or depth of talent?
I think it’s both. Just kind of going back to the beginning when I did start on the Junior Olympic team and being a part of the USA family from that standpoint. You look at the players that I played with on the junior team and how many of them don’t make the senior team. And as the years go on, you’re looking at the select team that we just played in California and some of those players will have an opportunity to play on the Olympic team and a lot of them won’t. But I think the format that has been put together … to have a pool of players that they can select from at any point in time. We had like 30 players in that pool. I feel with that format you have the depth and you know that out of those 30 players, you know you can pick out any of those 30 and put together an Olympic team. And those players will do what it takes to make it to the next level. I think for me when I came in as a young pup, the one thing I thought was what I can do to make a difference on this team and that was defense. I knew that if I came with defense and I came with intensity and just the passion that I play with that I could make a difference. And that’s kind of been the role I’ve played on all the Olympic teams that I’ve been on.
SB Nation: USA vs. Serbia 2016 Rio Olympics final score: Diana Taurasi sets United States 3-point record in 110-84 blowout win and Diana Taurasi splashes US Olympic-record 6 threes, Angel McCoughtry hits 360 layup in win over Serbia