The USA women’s basketball team continued their Olympic dominance and won their fifth straight gold medal after defeating France 86-50 on Saturday.
This fifth-straight Olympic gold medal is unprecedented because its a feat that has never before accomplished before in any women’s traditional team sport. Truly Amazing!
During their historic run, the USA women have compiled a 41-game Olympic winning streak, beginning with the 1992 bronze medal game (first gold was won in 1996).
France trailed 37-25 at halftime, then the Americans pulled away. The U.S. scored 26 points points in the third quarter, one more point then France’s scoring output for the entire second half. USA poured in 23 more points in the final period to secure the 86-50 victory and the women’s fifth straight Olympic gold medal.
The U.S. defense was terrific throughout the game and did not allow France to score more than 15 points in a quarter.
Candace Parker led the Americans on 10-of-14 shooting for 21 points in the gold medal match, while adding 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. Teammate Sue Bird (11) was also in double-figures.
The French squad was led by Sandrine Gruda and Edwige Lawson-Wade who each scored 12 points apiece.