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London Olympics 2012: Candace Parker, Team USA Advance To Semifinals

Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker made her presence known as she came off the bench in the USA women's 91-48 quarterfinal win over Canada with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting and seven rebounds.

It was defensively where the team has taken its pride as the Americans forced 26 turnovers. On a team with the likes of Parker, Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings, Maya Moore, Angel McCoughtry and other open court stars, the turnovers led to fast break buckets and an easy win.

"We really were in sync defensively," said Parker to the Associated Press. "Everyone knows that this team can score a lot of points, but we were locked in defensively and that will be huge going forward."

Taurasi led Team USA with 15 points as five players scored in double figures.

The 48 points were the lowest total the women's team had given up since holding Slovakia to 43 points in a 2000 quarterfinal game.

The win was the 39th straight Olympic victory for the women's team.

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