London Olympics: US women's hoops win 5th straight gold, rout France

By Doug Feinberg

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 11 2012 11:53 p.m. MDT

The victory over Russia in the semifinals set off a wild celebration for the unbeaten French, who have been on the rise in women's basketball over the past few years. They won the European Championship in 2009 and qualified for the Olympics for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games where they finished fifth. In this tournament France has already defeated Australia in an overtime thriller and now topped Russia twice.

A win over the Americans would have been incredible.

The French had been led by flashy point guard Celine Dumerc. She has been the catalyst for this remarkable run. Her 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining in overtime helped beat Britain in the preliminary round. She also hit a big 3-pointer against Australia and two clinching free throws in the team's four-point win over Canada.

The Americans bottled her up. Her only field goal in the first half got France within 24-21 before the U.S. turned up its defense. She finished with just eight points.

With the victory, Moore joined an exclusive club. She's the seventh player to win titles in college, the WNBA, the FIBA world championship and the Olympics. Teammates Bird, Taurasi, and Swin Cash are already members.

Get The Deseret News Everywhere

Subscribe

Mobile

RSS