Undefeated Turkey Next for USA

The USA women's basketball team, led by coach Geno Auriemma and featuring six former Connecticut players goes for its third consecutive Olympic victory today at 5:15 p.m. EDT. The game can be watched live on both the NBC SportsNetwork and NBC Basketball.

Opponent: Turkey (2-0) finished third in Turkey at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Probable USA starters: Former UConn stars Sue Bird (4.5 ppg), Diana Taurasi (7.0) and Tina Charles (10.0), along with Tamika Catchings (8.5) and Candace Parker (12.5).

Fast Fact: Turkey has jumped to a 2-0 start in the preliminary round at the 2012 Olympics. In victories over Angola and Czech Republic, Turkey has shot 45.2 percent from three-point range. Tugba Palazoglu (12.0 points and Bahar Caglar (11.0) lead Turkey in scoring. USA defeated Turkey 80-61 in an exhibition in Istanbul on July 22.

Scouting Report by USA Assistant Coach Marynell Meadors (courtesy USA Basketball):

The one thing that they do on offense is they do a lot of screening and cutting. It's a continuity-type offense that they have, and they are very good at it. They've been together for quite some time, and their timing is just incredible. But I think what we have to do is we have to make sure that we defend each one of the ball screens becasue you are going to get hit at some point during the offensive sets that they throw at you. They have two really exceptional players, (Nevriye) Yilmaz and (Tugba) Palazoglu. Palazoglu is an outstanding 3-point shooter, shooting about 45.0 percent from that area, so she hasn't missed many shots. Yilmaz is a really good post player, more finess than she is power, and then they bring in Quanitra Hollingsworth, who is definitely a great screener and makes things happen for them as far as getting people open.

I think that they were very good the last time we played them, and I think the more they play the better they get, just like what we are doing. The more we play together, the better we are getting. I think it's all going to depend on our defense. That's a huge key, so that we can get some offensive fast breaks. I think if we play really good defense, and we talk on our screens and absolutely go to the boards and rebound, then we've got a great chance of beating them.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ASHJA JONES

The USA's oldest rookie on the team this year, Asjha Jones, was born on Aug. 1, 1980, and turns 32 today.

Up next for USA: vs. Czech Republic, Aug. 3, at 5:15 p.m. EDT


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