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US women’s basketball team overwhelms Canada 83-43

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Diana Taurasi #12 of USA Basketball Women's National team (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

BRIDGEPORT — Diana Taurasi scored 14 points and Elena Delle Donne added 12 to help the U.S. women’s basketball team beat Canada 83-43 on Friday night in an exhibition game.

After struggling in their first two exhibition games in the first half, the Americans jumped all over their neighbors to the north.

The U.S. only had a three-point lead on the select team in their pre-Olympic tour opener Monday and led France by one Wednesday at the half. The Americans wouldn’t let that happen against Canada.

Geno Auriemma started the five UConn alums much to the delight of the Connecticut fans who turned out in force to send off the Americans to the Rio Olympics next week. Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart struggled a little offensively when they were in, but defensively they shut down Canada.

The Canadians missed 13 of their first 14 shots and couldn’t recover from the slow start, trailing by 13 after one quarter and 24 at the half.

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