Aug 23, 2008; Beijing, CHINA; Australia center Lauren Jackson (15) and USA center Lisa Leslie (9) go up for the opening tip in the womens basketball gold medal basketball game at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. USA defeated Australia 92-65 to win the gold medal. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

USA Basketball 2012: U.S. women face Australia, a familiar foe early in Semifinals.

With the quarterfinals done, completed and out of the way, it’s time for the semi-finals game. This match would be the Boomers going up against the American women.

This is the first time both prestigious teams will play against each other since the 2008 Beijing games where the U.S. took home the gold, and the Australians took home the silver. Both teams are definitely the best in this tournament, as the medal count to this date, shows that the American women won 6 gold (“84, “88, “89 “00, “04 and “08) medals and 1 bronze (“92) medal as the Australian women have won 3 silver (“00, “04, “08) medals and 1 bronze (“96) medal.

In the semi final game against the Canadians, team USA’s women’s squad defeated them with a final score of 91-48. The American’s forced 21 turnovers on the Canadians however team USA struggled behind the arch shooting just 2 for 9 and shot 48% from the field.

It’s evident that American’s won because of their stellar defense and if they can put that much pressure, and force turnovers as they did against the Canadians on the Aussies, than the game will be in the American’s favor but they will have to pick it up offensively. 48% from the field just isn’t going to cut it especially against the Australian’s who are going to give the American’s a run for their money.

The Australians look to even the score (as the American’s defeat the men’s Australian team today) and defeat their biggest threat in this tournament as they play against the Americans.

In the semi final game for against the Chinese, Australia came out winning with a final score of 75-60. In that game, the Aussies defended the Chinese squad well outscoring them 20-8.

The top scorers that game were Elizabeth Cambage and Lauren Jackson. Cambage finished that game with a high 17 points, 7 rebounds while Jackson finished with 12 points 4 rebounds.

In this upcoming game, the American’s will have to stop Cambage and Jackson. Both of those players have been averaging 14-15 points a game, each and both get the Australian squad going offensively. Rebounding is definitely going to help the Americans win but it seems like they got that down as Tina Charles and Candace Parker both average around 8 rebounds a game.

The American’s biggest threat to Australia, individually and offensively are Angel McCoughtry, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird. McCoughtry leads her team shooting 28 for 38 at 74% for field goal shots. Taurasi leads her team with the most 3-point shots shooting 12 for 30 at 40% and Bird leads in assisting recording 31 assists in this tournament. Combine those 3 assets, and including the incredible skills the women’s American team possesses and you got yourself a solid dominant team.

Collectively, if team USA can get their squad to work hard and well as they do defensively, offensively, than they should come out winning. I expect the game to be a very close, neck and neck, physical game. It’s going to be great.

The game will be at 12 p.m. (ET), 11 a.m. (CT). Whichever team wins this game will go on to the finals to play against the winner of the Russia versus France game.

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