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London 2012: USA, Australia Renew Women's Hoops Rivalry

This matchup is becoming tradition. So, too, is the result.

The United States and Australia will play in the semifinals in women's basketball Thursday. The game will take place at 5:00 p.m. London time, or 10 a.m. Central.

The US and Australia have quite the history in Olympics hoops. The two teams played in the gold medal game in 2000, 2004 and 2008. The US won each game, the closest victory coming by 11 points (2004) and the biggest by 27 (2008).

Those wins are part of the United States' 38-game Olympic winning streak that has spanned four gold medals.

Thursday's winner will play either France or Russia in the gold medal game Saturday.

Minnesota Lynx players Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus are on the United States squad. None is averaging double figures, but with the extreme parity of the squad, only three players are. Diana Taurasi and Angel McCoughtry lead the team with 12.7 points per game.

For more Olympics coverage, you can stick with this SB Nation Minnesota stream, or check out SB Nation's Olympic hub.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.