US Women Win Sixth Straight Olympic Gold Medal in Basketball

 U.S. players celebrate after the gold medal basketball game against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 20, 2016. The U.S. women’s basketball team has won its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal, routing Spain 101-72 on Saturday.

Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points apiece to lead the U.S. squad, while Maya Moore added 14. Ana Torrens led Spain with 18 points.

The Americans have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.

With that kind of sustained success, some contend this is the best women’s basketball team ever assembled. After the game, Taurasi would only say, “I hope so,” when asked whether she thought this squad was the best.

They won by nearly 40 points a game, but fell short of the record 102.4 points that the 1996 team averaged.

The Americans, who beat Spain by 40 in a preliminary-round game, got off to a slow start and led by only 21-17 after the first quarter. Then they got the momentum going with a 16-3 run in the second quarter that blew the game open. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.