US-Australia women hoop teams square off in semis

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

LONDON (AP) -- When the U.S. and Australia meet in women's basketball at the Olympics it's usually for the gold medal.

The top two teams in the world have met in the last three Olympic finals, but Thursday they'll square off in the semifinals for the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

The medal count: The Americans have won four consecutive gold medals; Australia three silver and a bronze.

Nobody has posed a challenge to the U.S. on its road to an eighth straight semifinals appearance. The Americans have won their six tournament games by an average of 38 points.

They are expecting a stiffer test from Australia, although the U.S. has won its six previous Olympic meetings against the Australians by double digits -- including a 27-point win in the 2008 gold medal game.
 

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