USA Reclaims Throne with an 89-69 Win over Czech Republic

The USA Women’s National Basketball accomplished what they should have done four years ago as they bagged the gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women by crushing the host nation, Czech Republic, 89-69, in Tuesday’s finals.

Angel McCoughtry led the scoring parade for the Americans with her 18 points and was 6-of-8 from the field, while Diana Taurasi racked up 16 points.

Tina Charles also displayed her flashes of brilliance, as the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings tallied 11 and nine points, respectively.

WNBA superstars Taurasi, Bird, and Catchings were all part of the USA team that only managed to finish third after absorbing an upset defeat against Russia in the semis; And for them, the memories of that bitter loss was erased with their triumph this year.

"It was a perfect ending and a perfect way for us to go out," Catchings said. "The fans were into it and it couldn't have been better the way they cheered on their team. It wasn't easy to beat them tonight."

The Americans got off to a strong start and were up five points, 19-14, at the end of the first period, but the host nation was able to stay within striking distance, 40-35, at the half.

Just as the boisterous crowd thought that they will witness a close match, USA stepped on the gas in the third period with a balance attack, which made them outscore Czech Republic, 34-17, in third period that ended with the Americans comfortably on top by 22 points, 74-52.

The Americans never looked back and they completely e shut the door for their opponent, but Taurasi acknowledged the efforts of Czech Republic.

"To come here, play against this great team and with a fantastic crowd means a lot to us,” Taurasi said. “The Czech Republic is a basketball country, they have good players, and a fantastic coach and they had a good run.”

On the other hand, Hana Horakova, who finished the game with just 12 points, was named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and for her, the award was just consolation and what they should be proud of is their accomplishment as a team.

“This is a dream. I share all of these awards with my teammates because they helped me get them,” Horakova said. “To finish runners-up in a World Championship feels like a miracle.”

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