Dreamgirls Deux It Again. Playing their second game in deux days, in the second round of the FIBA World Championship tournament, Team USA dominated in the second half . . . allowing only deux points in the final quarter . . . to remain undefeated as they beat the French National Team by a score of 76-41. Diana Taurasi led all scorers with 15 pts and Tina Thompson was the only other player scoring in double figures with 12. France, down only single digits at the end of the second quarter (thanks to a 3-pt buzzer beater) looked like they might actually make the Dreamgirls work for the win, but the French team failed to carry any momentum into half number deux . . . which was all-USA, all of the time.
Team USA plays the Czech Republic Monday at 6:45 PM EDT (and once again the game will be broadcast live on NBA TV.) Tomorrow's game is the final game in second round play for the Americans. The USA team's record already assures them of advancing to the Quarter Finals, which begin on Wednesday. Unlike the first deux rounds, the Quarter Finals mark the beginning of elimination play. The USA Dreamgirls and the Aussies led by Lauren Jackson are the only two teams still undefeated in the Championship. If the expected happens, these two teams will meet again in the finals to decide the gold medal, as they did in the 2004 Olympics.