2012 Olympics: Gold Medal Match Preview – USA Women vs France

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 9: United States and Australia huddle during their Basketball Game on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena on August 9, 2012 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

This evening’s contest features the four-time defending Olympic champions, USA women who will attempt to win their five-straight gold medal as they take on France in the Olympic finals at 4:00 PM (ET).

The United States women, who have not lost a game in the Olympics since falling to the Unified Team in the 1992 Games, are riding a 40-0 winning streak that dates to the ‘92 bronze medal game, and includes golds in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Overall in Olympic play, the U.S. women are 57-3 since women’s basketball was added to the Olympic slate in 1976.

The U.S. and France last met in the preliminary round at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, with the USA coming out with an 81-60 victory over the French. Diana Taurasi paced the U.S. with 15 points, while Tina Charles and Candice Dupree each came off the bench to add 10 points for the USA. France trailed by seven points at halftime, but the U.S. quickly extended that lead to 12 points in the third quarter and France would not be able to bring the deficit to single digits for the remainder of the game.

This marks the first game between the U.S. and France in the Olympics as London 2012 marks just the second Olympic appearance for the French in women’s basketball, with the other appearance resulting in a fifthplace finish in Sydney in 2000.

France made the most of its second ever appearance in women’s basketball at the Olympics, going 5-0 in pool play and advancing to the gold medal game with a 7-0 record.

The French have shown the ability to win tight games as four of its seven victories have come by four points or fewer.

Celine Dumerc leads the team with 15.1 points per game at the Olympics, as she is shooting 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from beyond the 3-point arc in London. Emilie Gomis (11.0 ppg.) and Isabelle Yacoubou (10.1 ppg.) round out France’s double-digit scorers.

Information from the USA Women’s official media notes were used in this article.

Topics: 2012 London Olympics, France, USA Basketball

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