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Sunday, July 31, 2016

UConn legend Taurasi shines as U.S. tops Australia

Former UConn star Diana Taurasi had 15 of her game-high 20 points in the third quarter to lead the U.S. past Australia 104-89 at Madison Square Garden.

Elena Delle Donne had 17 of her 19 points in the first half, Brittney Griner had 15 points, former UConn star Maya Moore had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists while Angel McCoughtry added 12 points as the U.S. finished undefeated in its three international friendlies heading into the Olympics.

Liz Cambage led Australia with 22 points while Leilani Mitchell had 16 of her 18 points in the first half.

UConn guard Kia Nurse hit four free throws in the final 22 seconds as Canada defeated France 71-63 in the first game of the doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.

Nurse was just 1 for 8 from the floor but after being reluctant to hoist up shots after a tough start on Friday against the U.S., it can be viewed as a positive sign that Nurse was taking available shots which is something she will need to do if Canada is to make a run at winning an Olympic medal.

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