The Women’s National team passed arguably their toughest exhibition test on Sunday afternoon against the Australian National team, beating a very talented opponent at Madison Square Garden, 104-89.
After a very competitive, back-and-forth first half, Team USA outscored the Australians 35-23 in the third quarter to put them up by 18 going into the final period.
Team AUS has a player on their squad who’s hard not to see. Standing 6’8, Elizabeth Cambage plays with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Women’s Basketball League and played very well against the Americans on Sunday.
Cambage alongside guard Leilani Mitchell, who currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury, combined for 40 points and 10 boards.
USA guard Diana Taurasi tallied a team-high 20 points with 3 rebounds/assists in a game-high 30 minutes of action, and guard/forward Elena Della Donne had a nice overall game with 19 points and five boards.
8: Once again, the Women’s National Team played intelligently and didn’t force anything, leading to only this many turnovers committed in the ballgame.
33: The referees were not afraid to blow their whistles in Sunday’s matchup, as there were 46 fouls called in the game, which resulted in this many free throw attempts for Team USA.
5: The Americans did a great job all game making the extra pass, like they’ve been doing in every exhibition game, and finished with this many players tallying double-digit points.
13,520: In front of a packed Madison Square Garden with this many fans cheering, Team USA played their last game before traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and taking on Senegal on Aug. 7th at 10 a.m. The Women’s National Team will compete against five teams in group play before the single-elimination games start.