Gold Again for US Women's Basketball

Candace Parker scores 21 in blowout vs France
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 11, 2012 5:13 PM CDT
Gold Again for US Women's Basketball
United States' Angel McCoughtry jumps on the back of United States coach Geno Auriemma at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London.   (Eric Gay)

The fifth straight gold was never in doubt for the US women's basketball team. Candace Parker scored 21 points and the Americans rolled to a 86-50 victory over France today, cementing their status as Team USA's other Dream Team. With a cavalcade of stars, the American women have won 41 straight games and haven't shown even the slightest signs of vulnerability.

The French started out plucky, leading early in the second quarter. But Parker's coast-to-coast drives and a suffocating defense turned a 12-point halftime lead into a blowout midway through the third quarter. It was the first gold medal for coach Geno Auriemma, who has led the UConn women to seven national titles. (More 2012 London Olympics stories.)

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