Russia beats Turkey 66-63, reach women's semis
LONDON (AP) — Becky Hammon scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 13 seconds left, to lead Russia to a thrilling 66-63 victory over Turkey and into the semifinals of the Olympic women's basketball tournament.
This is the third straight Olympics that Russia has reached the semifinals. The Russians have had to settle for the bronze medal in 2004 and 2008 — falling to the U.S. each time.
After finishing third in their pool, the Russians avoided a potential matchup with the Americans until the gold medal game — if both teams advance.
Russia will face the winner of France and the Czech Republic in the semifinals. The U.S. plays Australia in the other semifinal on Thursday.
Russia hasn't won a gold medal since 1992 when the country was known as the Unified Team.
The loss ended Turkey's impressive run in its first Olympics.