Canada came out with a great game plan, trying to slowing down games with a deliberate offense. Trouble was, it didn't make any difference against the U.S. women, who put the clamps on Canada's top scoring threats.
Russia, Australia and now France are all quality teams. But the U.S. women's basketball team, with its depth of talent, remains a very heavy favorite in the Olympics.
The U.S. women tied an American record for points in an Olympic contest and set a team record with 33 assists in crushing China 114-66 to advance to the quarterfinals as the top seed from Group A.
Diana Taurasi has worked hard for everything she has accomplished on the court. But the battle to clear her name of doping allegations might have been the hardest yet.
In sports, how you respond to a big loss says as much about you as what kind of winner you are. And on Saturday, the American women responded with one of their best games.
A half-century ago, the U.S. women's basketball team won two World Championship trophies ... and had one heck of a time bringing them back from South America.
Ten years ago, Sheryl Swoopes was ready to walk away from USA Basketball. But here she is, again leading the way for Team USA.