Brittney Griner (R) and the team line up for the National Anthem before an exhibition game at Galen Center on July 25, 2016 in Los Angeles.
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team, ranked No. 1 in the world, ran its exhibition record to 3-0 with an 83-43 win over ninth-ranked Canada Friday evening at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Hot shooting and a sticky defense that stymied Canada’s offense propelled the U.S. during a 14-2 run at the end of the first quarter to hold a 19-6 lead. Elena Delle Donne sparked the squad with 10 points as the U.S. hit 58.1 percent of its shots in the first half, while allowing Canada only 25.9 percent from the field.
After taking a 44-20 lead into the locker room, the U.S. turned up the heat, outscoring Canada 21-5 to make the score 65-25 at the end of the third quarter. Both teams scored 18 points in the final quarter for the final 83-43 tally.
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For the second time in as many games, every U.S. player scored in the contest, led by three-time Olympic champion Diana Taurasi’s 14 points. Delle Donne added 12 points, while Lindsay Whalen chipped in 11. The U.S. out-rebounded Canada by a 32-24 margin, led by Angel McCoughtry’s seven boards.
The U.S. wraps up its pre-Rio exhibition schedule with a contest against world No. 2 Australia at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31, in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Both teams come to the game undefeated, with Australia logging an 80-67 win over Canada on July 27 and a 76-67 victory over France earlier Friday.