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US women's hoops in a dogfight

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  August 21, 2008 08:38 AM

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BEIJING -- The United State's women's basketball team owns a slim 33-32 lead over Russia in the semifinals of the Olympic basketball tournament Thursday night. USA guard Diana Taurasi, a former UConn star, has a game-high 12 points at halftime.

Russian guard Becky Hammon, who is an American, is scoreless.

The USA is only shooting 33 percent from the field but has nailed 5 of 9 three-pointers. Russia has made 43 percent of its field goals, but missed 4 of 5 three-pointers.

The Americans also have 13 turnovers, 2 fast break points and have not scored any points off Russian turnovers. The Russians were up by as many as 7 points before the Americans came back to take the halftime lead

Team USA has won three straight gold medals and hasn't lost in the Olympics since the semifinal round of the 1992 Barcelona games.

Several members of the USA men's basketball team are in attendance tonight.

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