Angola Next for USA Women

USA women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma put his team through a vigorous workout Sunday, one day after USA defeated Croatia 81-56 in its Olympic opener on Saturday. The only thing lopsided was the final score. Team USA needed a big fourth quarter to pull away and win.

Time to put that performance in the rearview mirror. Team USA plays its second game Monday night in London. Angola (0-1) will be the opponent at 5:15 p.m. EDT. Live TV on NBC Basketball.

Opponent: Angola (0-1) won the 2011 African Championship.

Probable USA starters: Former UConn stars Sue Bird (5.0 ppg), Diana Taurasi (8.0) and Tina Charles (14.0), along with Tamika Catchings (10.0) and Candace Parker (10.0).

Fast Fact: Angola lost to Turkey 72-50 in its Olympic opener. This is the first Olympic berth for the African champions, and it will be the first meeting between the two countries in women's basketball.

Scouting Report by Assistant Coach Jennifer Gillom (courtesy USA Basketball):

Q: What do you expect to see out of Angola?

Gillom :"They are a transition team. They like to run. They like to drive to the basket. They are not a great outside shooting team. I think you're going to see a lot of run-and-gun tomorrow. We have a size advantage against them, especially inside. They have some undersized posts. They have really big guards, but they don't post up and use their size advantage.

Q: What are some keys to the game?

Gillom: I think the key to tomorrow is to contain them one-on-one. If we do that effectively, we won't have much trouble.

Quotebook with Maya Moore (courtesy USA Basketball):

Practice looked intense today, did you feel it was a good one??

"It was a great practice. We came in. We worked hard. We practiced as if we didn't play yesterday and don't play tomorrow. I think it's why we're going to be able to play the way we want to tomorrow. We just came in, worked on some things offensively, added a few things and tightened up a few things on defense."

Have you been able to get out and see any other events yet or is there something you want to do? ?

"I haven't gone out to see any other events yet. At Opening Ceremonies I was able to meet some athletes and I enjoyed that time together with them as we were heading toward the stadium. If it's possible to see some other sports, I'd love to. I just have to figure out the logistics and hopefully get it done."

Up next for USA: Turkey, Aug. 1, at 5:15 p.m. EDT


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