Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/17/14
When the U.S. and Australia meet in women's basketball at the Olympics it's usually for the gold medal. The top two teams in the world have met in the last three Olympic finals, but Thursday they'll square off in the semifinals for the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Games. The medal count: The Americans have won four consecutive gold medals; Australia three silver and a bronze. A semifinal, or final matchup with Australia - it's all the same to the U.S. ''Honestly it doesn't really matter when we play them,'' guard Diana Taurasi said. ''We just focus on who's in front of us.'' Nobody has posed a challenge to the U.S. on its road to an eighth straight semifinals appearance. The four-time defending Olympic champions have won their six tournament games by an average of 38 points. Teams have been able to hang with them for a half, but the U.S. depth eventually wears opponents down. They expect a stiffer test from Australia, although the U.S. has won all six of its previous Olym...
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