Preview >> USA Women Close Out Preliminary Play Against China
The first exhibition game played by the 2012 U.S. Women's Olympic Team was against its final preliminary round opponent, China, back in May after a weekend of training camp. While the USA recorded an easy win, China was without two of its best players in the game, and it will be a different contest this time around.
Get prepared for Sunday's game with our preview.
Doug Bruno (USA assistant coach, DePaul University head coach)
What do you expect in the game against China?
They’re a very different team than the team we played in Seattle, because their two best players could not play against us in Seattle. So, Lijie Miao is a great lead guard. She’s got a lot of stuff to her game. She’s played in the WNBA. She is a very big key to their ball club, she runs things very, very well. Another big player for them is Zengyu Ma, she’s their 3-point shooter. Nan Chen inside has become their leading scorer, and she is a very imposing inside player. They’re a very impressive, quick to the ball basketball team. They’re very quick to the offensive boards. So, they’re a much different basketball team than we played in Seattle.
We bothered them with pressure in the first half in Seattle, then we tested by playing without playing pressure against them in the second half. Turkey modeled that and did a good job against them with pressure. I think it’s going to be important that we pressure. No matter where it is, ball pressure will be huge on the defensive side of the floor.
Offensively, we’re starting to find a rhythm that we haven’t really had the entire tournament and overall games. Again, just the movement of Tamika Catchings inside to the four hole has helped our rhythm very, very much. So, offensively we just have to keep working better, keep working coach’s system and keep working better in coach’s system.