ISTANBUL - After breezing through its first few exhibition games, Geno Auriemma was happy that his team was tested. Seimone Augustus and Diana Taurasi each scored 16 points to lead the U.S. women's basketball team to an 80-61 victory over Turkey yesterday.
Where the first three exhibitions were pretty much over in the first quarter, Turkey hung tough for 30 minutes before the U.S. slowly started to pull away.
"I think it's better for us," Auriemma said. "We had to make plays, we had to get stops and they are a really, really good team. We gave them a lot of life. We missed a lot of opportunities that would have made it much easier for us. Maybe in the long run that's better, too. It's easy to win when you shoot 70 percent, another thing when you shoot 35 percent in the first half and are able to beat a really good team by 19."
It was the final tuneup for the Americans before the Olympics start next weekend. The U.S. will train for two more days in Istanbul before heading to London on Wednesday.
The two teams are in the same pool at the Olympics and will play on Aug. 1. The Americans open up their Olympic play on July 28 against Croatia. Other teams in their group are China, Angola and the Czech Republic.
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