GB looking forward to US showdown

17 July 2012 / 21:06

Great Britain's women will face defending Olympic basketball champions the United States with "nothing to lose" in their final pre-London warm-up game on Wednesday night, according to centre Dominique Allen.

The Americans arrive in Britain as the overwhelming favourites to add to their collection of six gold medals from nine Olympic appearances, and the odds of anything other than a United States win in Wednesday's encounter in Manchester are remote to the say the least.

But Britain will not be worrying too much about the scoreboard as they take one final chance to run through their plays, and see how they work against the best.

"We're just going to go out there and try to do our best," said Allen. "We've got nothing to lose. We just need to concentrate on ourselves and not think too much about them, to be honest."

Britain go into the game after a hugely encouraging 74-67 victory over world number eight France in Sheffield on Sunday, capping a weekend which also saw them beat Angola and lose to medal-contenders Australia.

"It's great to play these teams, because that's what the Olympics is," added guard Natalie Stafford. "It's the best teams in the world and we need to be able to play with that calibre of team."

The American team is littered with the sport's biggest names, and there is a palpable excitement within the British squad about having a chance to measure themselves against the best.

"For a lot of us, we grew up looking up to these players, so it will be a great experience to face them," said Rose Anderson.

Jo Leedham added: "To play the number one team right before you go in, you couldn't ask for better preparation. You dream of sharing the stage with people like Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles and Maya Moore, so this is perfect."