For the last five Olympic games, the U.S. women’s basketball team has seen many different names: Leslie, Staley, Edwards, Swoopes, Taurasi, Bird and Catchings.
With names like Parker, Moore and Charles, it looks as if Team USA’s dominance of Olympic play will continue.
The ladies had no problem at all dispatching France in the gold medal game Saturday by a final count of 86-50. Candace Parker led the way for USA with 21 points, giving the United States its fifth gold medal in the Olympics, and extending their Olympic winning streak to 41 games. The United States also won the gold medal in dominating fashion once again. Including the 2012 Olympics, the margin of victory in their gold medal games have been 24, 22, 11, 27 and now 36. Also, during this summer games, the United States won by an average margin of 34.3 PPG.
Parker also added 11 rebounds to her 21 points, Sue Bird had 11 points, and every member on the team scored in the game. The game looked to have been close at the beginning, with Team USA up 20-15 after the first quarter. After a 12 point lead at halftime, the French closed the gap to 41-31, but after that, the United States went on a 20-1 run to go up 61-32 and eventually was up 63-37 after three quarters. France was held to 28 percent shooting for the game, out rebounded 46-38 and was forced into 21 turnovers. Sandrine Gruda and Edwige Lawson-Wade led the way for the French with 12 points each.
For France, making the gold medal game was a big accomplishment as it was their first appearance in the game in three Olympic appearances (1980- 6th and 2004- 5th), as well as their highest finish ever with their silver medal in these games. However, for the United States, it has been about continuing the legacy that started with the bronze medal game in Barcelona in 1992. Forty games later, the legacy of dominance has continued and quite possibly will continue for many Olympics to come.
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