The Women’s National team continued to look better on Friday night, if that’s even possible, as they shut the Canadian National team down defensively and won convincingly, 83-43.
Team USA held their opposition to a total of six points in the first quarter and five points in the third quarter… yes you read that correctly.
It was a true team effort from the Americans as every player on the roster scored and saw more than 11 minutes of court time.
Diana Taurasi tossed in a game-high 14 points, Elena Delle Donne contributed 12 points and Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen put in four of her six shots, adding up to 11 total points in the contest.
32.7: If you’re reading this and don’t really understand the concept of ‘team defense,’ I highly encourage you to re-watch this game. Team USA did a phenomenal job all evening creating havoc for the Canadians and getting in passing lanes. Team Canada shot this disappointing percentage from the field, which was a reflection of the tenaciousness on defense that the Americans played with throughout the game.
53.6: Not only did Team USA play with a high-pace on the defensive end, they also were very smart and collected offensively. Angel McCoughtry and company were able to make this percentage of their shots in the matchup.
11: Although Team USA is made up of WNBA superstars, that doesn’t mean they dislike sharing the basketball. The Americans were able to tally this many more assists in the game than Team Canada thanks to great ball movement and a willingness to make the extra pass for the open shot.
1: Team USA has this many more exhibition games before the real deal. The Women’s National team will face off against Australia on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., in their final tune-up before traveling to Rio de Janerio, Brazil.