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There was suspense for a fleeting few minutes Tuesday, which is saying something when you’re talking about the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team.
This quarterfinal game against Japan, unlike every other one of the Americans’ challenges here, was like watching your favorite movie only to somehow stumble on a new plot twist.
Up by just two points late in the second quarter, this from the team that entered play having won its first five games by an average of 40.8 points? Unheard of. A halftime speech from coach Geno Auriemma, who chided small forward Angel McCoughtry about her porous defense after Japan’s Miki Kurihara hit four circus threes that reminded him of Stephen Curry? Just flat out weird.
Twenty minutes later, after adjustments were made and Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore (19 points apiece) caught fire, their one-sided world was back to normal: Team USA 110, Japan 64 at Carioca Arena.
The dominance continues, with a semifinal game against either France or Canada on Thursday.