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Team USA Basketball: United States Win Fifth Straight Gold Medal, Defeat France 86-50

The United States women's basketball team defeated France 86-50 to win their fifth-straight Olympic gold medal on Saturday. France was able to hang around with Team USA in the first half, and after one quarter the United States led by only five points. Then at the half the lead expanded a little bit more as the United States outscored France 17-10 to lead 37-25.

The second half was a different story as Team USA came out playing much better and they outscored France by 14 points to take a 26-point lead heading into the final quarter. With that lead France had no chance of mounting a comeback, and the win for Team USA was their 41st in Olympic play.

Candace Parker led the way for Team USA with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream had a down game as she finished with seven points but she did have three steals and a block shot to help out defensively. As for that Team defense, that was their strength on Saturday as they held France to a mere 28 percent from the field.

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