It's single elimination now, so that means it's Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird time.
LONDON (AP) - It's single elimination now, so that means it's Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird time.
The U.S. women will turn to the veteran leadership of the three-time Olympians when they meet Canada in the first game of the win-or-go-home quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The trio have been part of the team's dominant run over the last 16 years, helping the Americans win the last two gold medals.
Teresa Edwards and Katrina McClain got the run started in 1996 before passing the leadership role to Dawn Staley and Lisa Leslie. Now Taurasi, Catchings and Bird are the veterans, each having their own style.
The Americans cruised through pool play. But now the stakes are raised with the U.S. facing elimination with a loss.
(KFGO file photo)