Aug. 11, 2012
The USA Basketball women's national team defeated France, 86-50, in the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday evening in London. With the win, the US has claimed five-consecutive Olympic gold medals while winning 40-straight Olympic contests.
Team USA was led by head University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma and six UConn graduates. Eight different UConn women's basketball alums have now won a total of 13 Olympic gold medals. Sue Bird ('02) and Diana Taurasi ('04) won gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012, Swin Cash ('02) won gold medals in 2004 and 2012, Tina Charles ('10), Asjha Jones ('02) and Maya Moore (`11) each won gold in 2012, Rebecca Lobo ('95) won gold in 1996 and Kara Wolters ('97) won gold in 2000.
Additionally, Auriemma helped the 2000 Olympic team win the gold medal as an assistant coach.
Bird rounded out an outstanding Olympic games with an 11-point, three-assist performance in 24-minutes of action. Bird was 5-of-7 from the floor and buried her only attempt from beyond the 3-point arc. She finished second in the competition at 4.5 assists per game.
Taurasi scored nine points and dished-out six assists against only one turnover.
Candace Parker was terrific in the gold medal game, scoring 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting and corralling 11 rebounds.