Preview >> USA Women Continue Pool Play Against Czech Republic
The last time the USA women matched up with Czech Republic, the USA pulled out an 89-69 victory in Czech Republic to capture the 2010 FIBA World Championship title and its 2012 Olympic berth.
Thus far the USA is undefeated at 3-0 in Olympic play while Czech Republic is 1-2, struggling to right the ship after dropping their first two games.
Get prepared for Friday's game with our preview.
Doug Bruno (USA assistant coach, DePaul University head coach)
What do you expect to see from Czech Republic?
There guard play with Katarina Elhotova and Hana Horakova is very, very good. When they come at you, they really can be good. It was a great win for them against Croatia. Sitting at 0-2, they weren't expected to win. They are fighting to stay in medal contention, so it's going to be a tough ball game. We didn't beat them easily in the Czech Republic.
Are they are similar team from two years ago?
They are a very similar team to what they were a two years ago. I think they have been in a little bit of a rut going 2-0 to start their Olympic play, and they are trying to fight their way out of it. It's very important that we handle their guards.
In addition to stoppingt their guards, what are some other keys to the game?
It's getting to be about us now. Because we are together such a short amount of time, this is a growth process. Now, we are at the point where we have to get a lot better fast. The two steps forward, one step back stuff needs to stop, and we need to play with more consistency from beginning to end. That's what it really is about for us in these next two games against Czech Republic and China -- can we get going what we need to get going individually and collectively?