By Larry Fine
LONDON (Reuters) - Russia held off Turkey 66-63 in a nail-biting finish to advance to the semi-finals of the Olympic women's basketball tournament on Tuesday.
The rematch of last year's EuroBasket final went Russia's way again when a three-point attempt by Turkey's Birsel Vardarli bounced off the rim as time expired.
Russia, who will face either France or the Czech Republic in Thursday's semi-finals, was led by Becky Hammon, who scored 19 points.
Nevriye Yilmaz was Turkey's top scorer with 22 points.
In the other women's semi-final, four-time Olympic defending champion United States will play Australia, losers to the U.S. team in the last three Olympics gold medal games.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)