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The USA Basketball Women�s Senior National Team (3-0) put away Canada (1-2) early and went on to capture an 85-37 victory in its third and final preliminary round game on Friday afternoon at the FIBA Americas Championship on Thursday afternoon in Valdiv

USA Defense Stymies Canada As American Women Earn Decisive 85-37 Win

� USA Rolls Into Saturday's Semifinals With Group B's No. 1 Seed �

Sept. 28, 2007 � Valdivia, Chile

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The USA Basketball Women�s Senior National Team (3-0) put away Canada (1-2) early and went on to capture an 85-37 victory in its third and final preliminary round game on Friday afternoon at the FIBA Americas Championship on Thursday afternoon in Valdivia, Chile. Tina Thompson�s (Houston Comets) 14 points led the squad, while DeLisha Milton-Jones (Washington Mystics) and Candace Parker (University of Tennessee) each chipped in 12 points as the USA led from start to finish.

The USA will face Argentina (2-1), 66-63 overtime winner of Friday's game against host Chile, in Saturday�s 4:30 p.m. (EDT) medal semifinal game, televised live on NBA TV.

'I thought we did a good job pushing the tempo and then understanding the need to take care of the basketball as we went along,' said USA and Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan. 'One of our focuses tonight was to not put them on the free throw line as much as we had done in the past two games and we also did that. Continuing to rebound is something we need to focus on as we move forward, especially since we�ll probably have Brazil or Cuba at the end of this, so we need to really continue to work on our rebounding. That�s going to really be important.'

Behind six points apiece from Parker and Thompson, the USA stunned Canada with a 14-2 opening run. Canada came to life after that and put together its best five minutes of the day. The USA�s neighbors to the north fought their way back into the game by outscoring the U.S. 11-3 and by the end of the first stanza the red, white and blue�s lead was cut to 17-13.

However, the USA�s fastbreaks, athleticism and depth were just too much for Canada to handle after that. Receiving all of its points from the bench the U.S. ahead 28-15 in just over four minutes of play in the second quarter. Canada had no answer as wave after wave of substitutions by the defending Olympic champs never let up the defensive intensity and by halftime the game was well in hand 38-19.

'We seemed to lose our focus a little bit,' commented Donovan on the team�s first-quarter let up. 'That�s a natural tendency, but we haven�t seen a lot of that from this team. The best thing is that we came back and held them to six points in the next quarter and nine points in the third and fourth quarters. We seemed to get it back and keep it from there.'

Outscoring Canada 21-6 in the second quarter and 19-9 in the third, the U.S. rolled through the fourth quarter 23-9 for its third win in as many days.

'Canada was definitely a tough team,' said Rebekkah Brunson (Sacramento Monarchs), who is playing on her first USA Basketball Senior National Team. 'They battled it out. We knew that they were going to come out and play hard, do everything that they could to win, they were never going to let up. We had to be focused and ready to play throughout the entire game. It definitely was a good win for us. Each game that we�ve played was a good win for us. If we continue to get better and mold as a unit as the games go forward, we�ll keep winning.'

Also aiding in the scoring blitz were Swin Cash (Detroit Shock) and Brunson with nine points each and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) chipped in eight points. Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury), Katie Smith (Detroit Shock) and Taurasi dished out four assists apiece as the team notched a total of 23 on 36 field goals. Milton-Jones grabbed a team-best seven boards, while Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Courtney Paris (University of Oklahoma) and Parker each had six.

Canada was led by Teresa Gabriele�s seven points, while Kim Smith grabbed seven rebounds.

The USA�s dominating defense forced Canada into shooting just 23.8 percent (15-63 FGs) from the field and committing 23 turnovers, in stark contrast to the USA�s 10 fumbles and an even 50 percent (36-72 FGs) shooting for the game.

In today�s first game Cuba (2-1) defeated Jamaica (0-3) 76-62, while in the third game Brazil (3-0) decimated Mexico (0-3) 119-44 for its third victory to finish atop Group A standings. Donovan is being assisted by 2006 WNBA Coach of the Year Mike Thibault of the Connecticut Sun and collegiate head coaches Gail Goestenkors of the University of Texas and Temple University�s (Pa.) Dawn Staley.

Teams finishing in second, third and fourth place at the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament will have one final chance to earn a spot in Beijing�s 12-nation field at the 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Those three nations along with nine other national teams from around the globe who did not claim gold at the remaining FIBA zones, including two from Africa (silver and bronze medalists), two from Asia (silver and bronze medalists), four from Europe (second through fourth place finishers) and one from Oceania (silver medalist), will compete for the final five Olympic slots at the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.