(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
 
The Canadian women's basketball team just keeps improving on what already was its best Olympic start. 
 
Now they're a perfect 3-0 with a berth already clinched in the quarterfinals. 
 
So what if the United States is up next on Friday. 
 
"Oh it's tremendous,'' Canada coach Lisa Thomaidis said after a 68-58 win over Senegal on Wednesday night. "We're very, very happy with where we are right now. To be 3-0 at this point, in the tournament, we're ecstatic to know we've clinched a spot in the quarterfinals. Couldn't be happier. But certainly, lots of things still left on the docket we want to check off our list, and next up is the U.S.''
 
To put this start in context, the Canadians went 2-4 in London at the 2012 Games. They also went 2-4 in 1984 and finished fourth in Los Angeles. So no matter what happens from here on out, they've already got more wins with the chance to add more. 
 
And, maybe a medal.
 
"It means a lot,'' forward Tamara Tatham said. "It's never happened before, so it's something we definitely take pride in, and hopefully we can go into the quarterfinals and show everyone what we can do.''
 
Clinching that berth also means the Canadians can focus on playing their game Friday against the Americans without the pressure of needing a victory to advance.
 
Forward Miranda Ayim said they want to be more crisp both offensively and defensively than they were against Senegal. 
 
"So no better practice for the rest of the tournament than to execute that against the U.S.,'' Ayim said.
 
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
 
The Americans have won 44 straight in Olympic play and are going for a sixth consecutive gold medal. Thomaidis and the Canadians welcome another opportunity to go against the U.S. so soon after a pre-Olympic tour, even though they lost 83-43. That was the last time the U.S. didn't score 100 points.

"They're the class of the competition,'' Thomaidis said. "We're certainly aware of that. For us, it's a chance for us to measure ourselves agaisnt the best again. ... Everytime you get to play against teams that are better than you, you get a chance to improve. And that's really what we're going to take from our next game.''