By Kelly J Newson
The U.S. Women’s basketball team begin today looking to win their 5th Gold Medal, 41st win and become the one women team in all sports with the most wins and Gold
As today’s Gold medal game began, the U.S., started off slow offensively. France, who according to their coach was “just happy to be playing for their first medal.” France hung in the game during the 1st quarter, even keeping the U.S., to within five points at the end of the 1st quarter.
As the second quarter begin the Americans saw Taursi and Parker each step up. Parker even coming up a rebound short of a double-double in the first half. Sylvia Fowles also saw some playing time in the 2nd quarter. Her defensive play helped lead the Americans to a 37-25 lead at the half.
“We’re two great teams, we’re two defensive minded teams and we’re making it hard for each other to score,” Candace Parker said at the half.
At the start of third quarter, Sue Bird emerged making the first set of baskets for team USA. Also turning things up for the U.S., were Parker, Moore and Cash who entered the
game for the first time.
The Americans grew their lead in the third and closed out the quarter leading 63-37.
As the 4th quarter begin the Americans continued their dominance, as did Maya Moore, who continued to put up numbers in route to her first Gold medal. The Americans looked like the dream team as they cruised through the 4th quarter, capturing their 5th straight Gold medal and 41st win.
“Winning is fun, it feels good there’s no better feeling really because we all have experience in losing we all did it in 2006 , we didn’t like it and I know I didn’t want
to feel like that again and of course the tradition you know there’s many players who played in Oplympics and set the standard and we did that for them today as much as for
ourshelves,” Sue Bird said at the end of the game.
“Just want to keep that legacy going, the three of us we kind of that next generation. The torch was passed down to us and I think we had a big responsibilty on our shoulders but we took care of business,” Tamika Catchings said of herself, Diana Taursi, Sue Bird and the rest of team USA.