One step away from playing for their sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal, the U.S. women meet France in the second semifinal of the day. The two nations met in the gold medal game of the last Summer Olympics, with the Americans rolling to an 86-50 victory in London.
While the U.S. was dominant in the second half of their win over Japan in the quarterfinals, France eliminated Canada in a hard-fought game by the final score of 68-63. Sandrine Gruda led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points, and balance has been the key for France in Rio. They’re going to have to be even better than they have been defensively if they’re to dethrone Diana Taurasi and company however, as the U.S. has scored more than 100 points in five of their six games in Rio.
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The winner gets either Spain or Serbia in Saturday’s gold medal game.