Aug 1, 2012; London, United Kingdom; United States players Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird and Swin Cash and Angel McCoughtry and Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore and Candace Parker huddle after the preliminary game against Turkey at the 2012 London Olympic Games at Basketball Arena. (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

USA Basketball 2012: Comparing the Women of USA and Australia

In their semifinal game, the women of Team USA will face Australia. Both teams have played well so far. USA was 5-0 in pool play while Australia finished 4-1. While it is evident Atustralia has talent, the US have an advantage when it comes to their roster.

The US team has much more depth to their team. They receive great production from their starters, and when the bench is in, the production stays consistent. They do not lose anything from resting their starters. Team USA’s production from each player is balanced well, and it makes them efficient.

Australia’s women are not as consistent. They play of the starters is not as equal to that of the bench. This takes nothing away from the bench though. They may not be as good as the starters. but what they put into the game is enough to get wins.

When it comes to rebounding and defense, both teams are set. It has not been a problem for them to crash the boards or stop the opposing team from scoring. The only difference that arises when evaluating defense is that the US has an easier time with it. Team USA’s wins are not as close as some of Australia’s have been. The US has won by double-digits throughout the Olympics; the Australians have encountered games where they win by single-digits. This goes to such show much power the American women have on the defensive end.

Turnovers are a problem for both teams. Ususally, each team commits turnovers in double-digits. Although it has not seemed to hurt either team very muchso far, it can never hurt to get that number down to single-digits.

Overall, the US and Australia have good teams when it comes to women’s basketball, and both have been quite dominant so far. Even so, the advantage would have to go to Team USA. They receive even production from each member of the team, and the wins they achieve have large margins. Their defense is tough enough to create easy, dominant wins, and no one has come even close to defeating them.

The USA women’s semifinal game versus Australia is today, August 9, at 11 AM CT/5 PM local.

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