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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

August 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM

No dunk for Fowles

PTayOly.jpgTeam USA dominated South Korea today, making reserve Sylvia Fowles’ potential to dunk against the shorter squad the only real reason to tune in at 5 this morning. But guard Katie Smith botched the only workable pass to the 6-foot-6 center. Oh well, but I doubt she or Candace Parker gets another chance against Russia on Thursday given the Russians’ size and competitive nature since it is a rematch of the Americans’ loss in the 2006 World Championship game.
Team USA was still entertaining, winning 104-60. At one point broadcaster Ann Meyers started talking about Fowles and Parker and how they’re the future of America’s frontline, doing things we haven’t seen before from post players. It had me thinking about how Team USA is probably set for another three consecutive gold medals, considering the emerging Brittney Griner, who is 6-8. She’s already dunking with ease as a high school senior and committed to play at Baylor. If she pans out, how is anyone in the world going to contend with a frontline of Parker (6-5), Fowles and Griner?
No wonder Australia is gunning so hard to defeat Team USA in Beijing. That’s only if they advance, however, and the recent injury to forward Penny Taylor will hurt. The Opals don’t have depth like Team USA and cannot win without Taylor, a three-point specialist. According to reports, she’s icing the injury every two hours and is hopeful to play in a would-be gold-medal game. She is not expected to play in the semifinal matchup against China on Thursday.

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