Found August 11, 2012 on
The U.S. men will play Spain for the gold medal Sunday in London's grand finale, but the true heir to the original Dream Team has already earned Olympics gold.
The U.S. women steamrolled France en route to the program's fifth consecutive gold medal, 86-50, Saturday night at North Greenwich Arena.
Candace Parker led the Americans with 21 points, as they completed a dominant run through the rest of the world.
Going into the final, the U.S. had won its seven games by an average of 34.1 points and only had one contest closer than 25 - an 86-73 win over Australia In the semifinals.
Early on, France looked as if it might finally give the U.S. a close game, holding a lead late in the first quarter. But the Americans found some breathing room just before halftime, then ran away from the French in a 26-12 third quarter.
BEST OF MAXIM
With the Olympics in the rearview mirror, Candace Parker is ready to get back to work.
Winning another gold medal with the United States team has left her hungry for a WNBA championship - the only thing missing from her impressive resume, which also includes two NCAA championships.
''I know my team's been working hard,'' Parker said. ''That's the...
LONDON - With former Tennessee standout Candace Parker providing a huge spark, the USA women overcame a slow start Saturday at North Greenwich Arena to overpower France, 86-50, and win their fifth-straight Olympic gold medal.
LONDON (AP) -- Expected to dominate, they did. All those style points were a bonus. The U.S. women's basketball team routed France 86-50 in the final Saturday, winning their fifth straight Olympic gold medal and putting more distance between themselves and the rest of the world heading to Rio for the 2016 Games. Candace Parker scored 21 points, including eight straight during...
The 2012 Summer Olympics have certainly been very good to the U.S. Women. Just yesterday we saw Team USA take gold in women’s soccer and today Team USA remained dominant on the basketball court as the U.S. beat France 86-50 capturing their 5th straight Olympic gold.
Not only was this the fifth straight gold for the United States, it was also the team’s 41st straight victory and...