USA Women Wins Fifth-Straight Olympic Gold Medal

USA remained on top of the women’s basketball world after hammering out an 86-50 win over France to win the gold medal in the women’s basketball competition of the 2012 London Olympics.

Heading into the game as an overwhelming favorite, USA got off to a strong start, but France managed to keep themselves within striking distance with the Americans just on top by five points after the first period.

However, Candace Parker provided a huge spark for USA as she scored 11 points in the second quarter to give the Americans a 12-point lead at the half.

“When Candace Parker came into the game, she completely changed the game,” said USA coach Geno Auriemma.

France, who has been the most surprising team in the tournament, was just behind by 11 points, 43-32, early in the third period, but USA unleashed a 19-0 run to take full control of the match.

USA were in cruise in control in the final period and led by as much as 38 points en route to the win that gave USA their fifth-straight gold medal in the women’s basketball competition since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

“It just shows the depth and talent in our country. Women's basketball, it's our sport, it's our sport,” said USA star Diana Taurasi, who claimed her third Olympic gold medal. “We grew up playing since we were little and give it every single little bit of energy we have.”

Parker finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Sue Bird had 11, while Taurasi finished with nine points and six assists for the Americans, who also extended their Olympic winning streak to 41 games.

France, who was undefeated heading into the gold-medal match, won’t go home with their head bowed down after claiming the silver that nobody expected.

“I'm just happy to have this medal around my neck,” said France guard Celine Dumerc, who is the most outstanding player for the French squad throughout the tournament. “We lost to a very good team and we made history for women's basketball in our country.”

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