London • Kim Smith scored 17 points, but the University of Utah's all-time leading scorer could not do enough to keep Canada from losing to Australia 72-63 in women's basketball at the London Olympics on Sunday.
And that means the worst possible matchup in the quarterfinals.
Smith, fellow former Ute Shona Thorburn and current Ute Michelle Plouffe Plouffe saw her first playing time in the Olympics in the game Â will face the seemingly unbeatable United States in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The Americans are going for their fifth straight Olympic gold medal, and have won 38 straight games after pounding China 114-66 on Sunday. They have won by an average of 36.6 points here, while the Canadians are just 2-3, having beaten only Great Britain and Brazil, who were winless before playing each other on Sunday.
Thorburn had nine points and five assists against Australia.