Spain was able to hang with the U.S. women’s basketball team for just over a quarter, but from the second period on Geno Auriemma’s team was in full control. Winning by the final score of 101-72, the Americans have now won six straight Olympic gold medals in women’s basketball.
And they haven’t lost a game in Olympic competition since the semifinals of the 1992 Summer Olympics, with the winning streak now up to 49 consecutive games.
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Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen led a balanced offensive attack with 17 points apiece, with Maya Moore adding 14 points, Breanna Stewart 11 and Elena Delle Donne ten. Taurasi hit five three-pointers on the day, finishing the tournament with an Olympic-record 33 made three-pointers.
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Shooting 59 percent from the field and 9-for-15 from three, the U.S. found its rhythm late in the the first period and didn’t look back. Spain didn’t have the answers on either end of the floor in the second half, trailing by as much as 31 in the fourth quarter.
Spain, which was guaranteed of its first Olympic medal in women’s basketball, was led offensively by Alba Torrens who scored a game-high 18 points. Serbia took bronze in the competition with a 70-63 win over France earlier Saturday.
U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma laughed when asked Sunday if his undefeated UConn team was Olympic-caliber.
“We wouldn’t make the Olympics,” Auriemma said on ESPN. “We wouldn’t qualify. I’m dead serious. I don’t think people understand the quality of players that play on these national teams, and you can’t discount the experience. I’ve got some people that go a week in practice without scoring [at UConn]. They can’t make it at the Olympic level, trust me.”
Auriemma is leading a training camp for the finalists for the U.S. Olympic team in Storrs, Conn., from Sunday through Tuesday.
The camp includes one of his UConn players, senior National Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, who is trying to win her fourth straight NCAA title this season, too.
Auriemma’s UConn team has won 63 straight games dating to last season, all by double-digit margins.
The U.S. women’s team has won 41 straight Olympic games since a Barcelona 1992 semifinal loss. Australia, France and Spain have proven medal contenders, even pushing (and defeating) the U.S. outside of the Games.
But the field is not extremely deep in Africa and Asia, evidenced by U.S. wins over Angola (90-38) and China (114-66) at the London Games.
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