The fifth straight gold was never in doubt for the U.S. women's basketball team.
Candace Parker scored 21 points and the Americans rolled to a 86-50 victory over France on Saturday, 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.
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