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Catchings, U.S. Women's BBall Beat Canada

NJ-born star shuts down Canada's top threat as U.S. advances to semifinals

By Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012  |  Updated 11:38 AM EDT
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Catchings, U.S. Women's BBall Beat Canada

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Tamika Catchings did a bit of everything in the American's win over Canada.

Tamika Catchings had a tough assignment in the United States Women’s Basketball Team’s game against Canada Tuesday -- shut down top Canadian Kim Smith.

Catchings was brilliant on the defensive end helping to hold Smith to only 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting as the U.S. cruised into the semifinals with a 91-48 win over their neighbors to the north.

The win, which extended the United States’ Olympic win streak to 39 games, advances the Americans to play either Australia or China.

Catchings, who was born in Stratford, N.J., shot 50 percent from the floor as she scored nine points, hauled in six rebounds, dished two assists, blocked a shot and added four steals for Team USA.


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