Team USA Women's Basketball roared its way to victory and a spot in the semifinals on Tuesday after defeating Canada, 91-48. But the team had to wait until later in the day to find out if they would face Australia or China in the next round. As things turned out, Australia picked up a 15-point victory over China, 75-60.
China entered halftime with a one-point lead, 36-35, by holding Australia to just 13 points in the second quarter. But Australia charged back for a 55-52 lead at the close of the third quarter. At that point, China went cold and managed to score just eight points in the final quarter. Australia's Liz Cambage led all scorers with 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Russia defeated Turkey by just three points, 66-63. Turkey's Nevriye Yilmaz had a game-high 22 points, but it was Becky Hammon who led Russia the victory. Hammon, a naturalized Russian citizen, scored 19 points, including nine on 3-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Three other Russian players scored 10 points each.
In the final match of the day, France also picked up a three-point victory, beating the Czech Republic, 71-68. France used a 30-point fourth quarter to erase the 10-point deficit, 51-41, that concluded the third quarter.
The semifinals take place on Thursday, Aug. 9. Here is the schedule:
United States vs. Australia, 12:00 p.m. ET
France vs. Russia, 4:00 p.m. ET
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