Sue Bird has played in enough world championship medal games to know that they are rarely easy.
Even though the U.S. had run through its first four games, winning by an average of nearly 48 points a game, Bird was well aware that a short-handed Australia team would still pose a huge challenge.
The U.S. star guard was right on point.
Tina Charles scored 18 points and Maya Moore added 16 to help the U.S. beat pesky Australia, 82-70, on Saturday night in the semifinals of the women's world championship.
“I know at one point during the game I said to my teammates, 'It's the semis. It's not the first round, '" said Bird, who is playing in her fourth world...