ISTANBUL - Seimone Augustus and Diana Taurasi each scored 16 points to lead the U.S. women's basketball team to an 80-61 victory over Turkey on Sunday night in an exhibition game.
It was the final tuneup for the Americans before the Olympics start next weekend. The U.S. will train for two more days in Istanbul before heading to London on Wednesday.
Unlike the first three exhibition games that were easy routs, the U.S. struggled against its hosts. Buoyed by a spirited crowd, who booed and whistled every time the Americans touched the ball, Turkey hung tough with the top-ranked team in the world in the first meeting between the countries.
Turkey trailed 32-27 at the half and cut the deficit to one in the third quarter before the U.S. started to slowly pull away.
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