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Friday, October 01, 2010

U.S. gets second semifinal

Considering how many times Geno Auriemma's UConn teams have drawn the second semifinal in the Final Four, the U.S. national team coach must have felt right at home when he found out that the United States and Spain will meet in the second semifinal on Saturday at the FIBA World Championships.

Belarus and host Czech Republic, which upset Russia and Australia respectively, will play in the first semi at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time) while the U.S. and Spain are expected to tip at 2:45 p.m. in Karlovy Vary.

The U.S. completely dominated South Korea en route to a 106-44 quarterfinal win while Spain trailed France by nine points in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter before winning 74-71 in overtime.

Spain is clearly the more talented of the two teams the U.S. could have faced in the semifinals especially since France is without the Connecticut Sun's Sandrine Gruda but France's fiesty, hard to deal with defense would not have been fun for the U.S. The U.S. defense should be tested by Spain's dynamic duo of Amaya Valdemoro and Sancho Lyttle, who are averaging 19.9 and 17.9 points per game in the tournament.

1 Comments:

Anonymous UConn Steve said...

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Hope the UConn "Fab Five" have been watching and learning “what it takes to play great Defense” from Angel McCoughtry, Tamika Catchings, Candice Dupree, etc.
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