U.S. Women's Basketball Team Dominates To Win Sixth Straight Gold

The Collins Hill grad led the way again for the Americans, who rolled to a 101-72 win over Spain on Saturday for their sixth straight gold medal and 49th straight victory in the Olympics.

The Americans were tested once again, but held off rival Spain on Friday afternoon, 82-76, extending the Olympic win streak to 24 games.

"When the stakes are the highest is when we all play the best and there won't be any higher than on Sunday", said United States guard Klay Thompson. I'm confident that we will come out and play the right way.

The Serbs handed Australia a 87-61 beating in their semifinals tonight to set up a rematch of the 2014 FIBA World Cup final in which the U.S. routed them 129-92.

The Americans' 19-point margin of victory was far below their average of 41.7 in their first six games in Rio, and at half-time they were ahead by a mere four points.

"It was just a different game", coach Mike Krzyzewski said. That's our main goal since we got together is to win the gold.

A Spanish side boasting seven National Basketball Association standouts and three former National Basketball Association players kept the USA elite to their lowest-scoring Olympic game since 2004 and their thinnest margin in a knockout game over their unbeaten decade.

We all knew how this tournament would end, but nobody could've known how dominant the U.S. could be. That was pretty good.

By the time Lindsay Whalen's layup just beat the halftime buzzer, the USA led 49-32 and Spain had just two baskets in the final 6:55 of the half. But despite the fact they never trailed, they also never truly took over. Hopefully they won't have a fatigue issue compared to other teams that didn't have 4/5ths of their starting lineup playing in Rio. As one of the few four-time gold medalist basketball players ever, she set the record for most career Olympic three-point makes with 71 and single-Olympic games total, hitting 32 in Rio.

Sue Bird, who injured her right knee in the August 16 game against Japan, and did not play in the 87-67 semifinal win over France, opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer and Team USA was rolling again. We are winners. It's painful. "We've had some great, great games against Spain, some unbelievably competitive games".

"We always were on their tail". "We didn't run our offense as well as we can and as well as we have throughout the tournament".

"If a team is 50 times your budget, and you manage to compete, and stay in the game and be in it to the very end - [it] is an accomplishment", Spanish Coach Sergio Scariolo said. His three-pointer with six and a half minutes remaining before intermission keyed a 10-3 spurt that trimmed Spain's deficit to three points. They know how to get themselves ready for eight games.

Spain never discounted its chances.

However, Serbia also brings a considerable basketball pedigree to Sunday's final.



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