Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma talks with Kia Nurse in a game Feb. 29 in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Kia Nurse and her college coach, Geno Auriemma, have been texting back and forth during the Rio Games, staying in touch after her games with Canada. 

Now the guard who will be a junior at UConn this fall will be playing against Auriemma on Friday when Canada plays the United States in group play, and Nurse said she just might have a request for her coach. 

"I'll tell him not to send a trap my way,'' Nurse said. "He knows where I like to go on trap spots, so tell him not to send a trap my way.''

Nurse helped UConn win a fourth consecutive national title in April, then she had sports hernia surgery. She returned just before the Olympics, and Nurse has been a key player off the bench helping Canada to its best start ever in the Olympics at 3-0. 

 Kia Nurse during a game July 29, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

So playing for Auriemma certainly has given Nurse an idea of what to expect Friday when the undefeated teams play. Knowing what's coming will be far different now that Nurse has to go against that offense with Auriemma having a roster filled with the United States' best from Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird to Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne.

"Absolutely,'' Nurse said. "That's the difference maker all the time. There's an offense that he runs is very similar to the one that we run in college, and when you put the right players in the right spots, it's a hard offense to stop.''
As Nurse knows only too well. 
But, if the Canadians, or anyone else in Rio, needed a reminder of what the Americans can do in the offense Auriemma is running, USA Basketball provided a little reminder with a couple of snippets from their practice Thursday on social media.