Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Suzie Batkovic # 8 and Lauren Jackson # 15 of Australia share a laugh after Australia defeated Belarus in the women's preliminary basketball game at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
U.S. versus Australia for women's basketball supremacy. That's the way it's supposed to be. That's been the norm at the last three Olympics - 2000, 2004 then again in 2008. Not this year. The Americans won't face their biggest challenger in the gold medal game. Instead, they'll meet a round earlier when the top-ranked teams in the world square off Thursday in the semifinals of the Olympics. ''We can't control when we play them,'' U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said. ''They are a talented team with really good posts in Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage. We just need to keep getting better every game and focus on what we do.'' The last time the teams met in the semifinals was the 1996 Atlanta Games. The U.S. came away with a 22-point victory en route to the first of its four consecutive gold medals. The Americans have won their last six Olympic matchups against the Australians and will counter Australia's size with the trio of Candace Parker, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles. Fowles had m...

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