Diana Taurasi Is Ready For London

As the WNBA goes into summer hibernation the 2012 Women's Olympic Team is just getting started. Team USA will be lead by a familiar face to local fans in Diana Taurasi.

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Diana Taurasi Leads Team USA To Exhibition Win Over Turkey

In the final tuneup prior to the London Olympics which start next weekend, the USA women's basketball team defeated Turkey 80-61 on Sunday in what was the closest thing to a scare the squad has suffered during their exhibition season. But in the end, they were too much for the Turkish club as they were led by Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus, who each scored 16 points.

"Turkey's a really good team. A lot of us have played here, played against them," said Taurasi to the Associated Press. "They don't fear anyone. They went into the game with a really good game plan. They'll be a tough team in London. For us, it was good to be tested like that and see some of the resolve we have."

Taurasi is quite familiar with Turkey as she is one of six players on the USA team who have played in Turkey. She has even seen both sides of the fierce rivalry between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray - described by Tamika Catchings as "Connecticut-Tennessee and magnify that by 100" - as she's played for both teams.

The two teams are in the same pool at the Olympics and will play again on August 1.

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Taurasi Looks Forward to Returning to Turkey

Diana Taurasi found herself in an unfamiliar spot in an 88-63 victory over Great Britain - playing point guard.

With Sue Bird away from the team because of the death of her grandfather, Taurasi had to take over the ball-handling skills. Her final stat sheet wasn't what most people are used to seeing, but it earned the praise of coach Geno Auriemma.

Sue Bird is set to rejoin the team in Turkey, where Taurasi has spent some of her international career playing, a fact that is not lost on Taurasi.

"I can't wait to see all my Gala fans. They were great this past year. It'll be nice to see them all again, because they're great fans. They're passionate and hopefully they'll cheer for the seven ex-Gala players that I think we have on this team, which is pretty cool."

The Women's National Team will play two more warm up games on July 21st and July 22nd against Croatia and Turkey in Istanbul, Turkey. After that, the ladies will head to London to seek their fifth straight goal medal.

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Taurasi Leads Route Of Brazil

In one game Diana Taurasi nearly eclipsed her season totals with the Mercury this season. Team U.S.A. Women dominated the Brazilian National Team 99-67 for the game behind a strong performance from Taurasi.

For the game Taurasi chipped in with 16 points and 7 assists.

On the season with the Mercury she has totaled 21 points and 5 assists in two games. The knee injury seems to have healed up well as she had a spring in her step on both ends of the floor.

Starting point guard Sue Bird did not make the trip with the team. “I talked to Sue today. She's doing good. She'll be back with the team as soon as she feels fit, but she'll be there when the real games start. She'll be there,” commented Taurasi after the game.

The final score obviously displays the route that was at hand and it started with the play of Taurasi. She got the game started hitting a tough bucket as the shot-clock expired. From there she facilitated the offense as a veteran leader does.

From here the women head to Manchester England to face Great Britain in their final tune-up before the Olympics begin. That game will be available on ESPN3 at 4:10 local time on July 18th.

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Diana Taurasi Is Ready For London

As the WNBA goes into summer hibernation the 2012 Women's Olympic Team is just getting started. Team USA will be lead by a familiar face to local fans in Diana Taurasi.

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