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

101-72 in the final. That's what dominance looks like.
Angel Mccoughtry and Diana Taurasi celebrate after winning the Women's Gold Medal Game  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Angel Mccoughtry and Diana Taurasi celebrate after winning the Women's Gold Medal Game  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO - The United States women’s basketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal on Sunday to rubberstamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time.

After a sloppy start that saw Spain lead much of the opening quarter, the United States finally settled into their familiar rhythm, turning a 10-0 run into a 17 point halftime lead.

Brittney Griner hugs Geno Auriemma after winning the Women's Gold Medal Game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brittney Griner hugs Geno Auriemma after winning the Women's Gold Medal Game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

From then on there was no way back for Spain as the U.S. extended their Olympic winning streak to a staggering 49-0.

Only two other nations claim such a run of domination in an Olympic team sport.

The United States’ Olympic men’s basketball teams earned seven consecutive gold medals from 1936-1968 while India claimed six-straight men’s field hockey gold medals from 1928-1956.

For Spain, the silver was their first in Olympic women’s basketball. Earlier, Serbia beat France 70-63 in the bronze medal game.

 

 (Editing by Nina Chestney)

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