Taking on an unbeaten Canadian team, it looked like the U.S. may finally have found a worthy adversary at the Rio Olympics.
After one quarter Canada trailed by just two, 18-16, matching not only the U.S. intensity, but skill level. But, in the second quarter, the United States proved to be as dominant as they’ve come to be expected, holding Canada to just six points in the period.
Maya Moore was the catalyst for the U.S. in the second, scoring eight points in the period.
By the time both teams entered the locker rooms at half, the U.S. had extended their lead to 14 and led 36-22. The United States would go on to beat Canada 81-51 to improve to 4-0 in Rio.
Diana Taurasi continued her Olympic-long three-point storm, raining four triples in the game. After a quartet of games in Rio, Taurasi has 18 threes – only eight shy of the record for threes made in a single Olympic tournament.