Australia leads U.S. women after first

Lauren Jackson and Australia are giving the the Americans all they can handle. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

The Australian women’s basketball team came to play today for their semifinal game against the United States.

The three-time defending silver medalists lead the U.S. 22-20 after a first quarter in which they pushed the tempo and forced the Americans to run at their pace.

Elizabeth Cambage has 10 points to lead the Aussies, who shot 56 percent from the field in the opening quarter. Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Maya Moore have four points apiece for the U.S.

Croatia gave the U.S. its toughest test to date in the tournament, and the U.S. still won by 25. This one looks like it’s going to be much, much closer.

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