With a 29 point lead, USA Womens Basket Ball Team wins its sixth straight championship title in 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, beating Spain in a score of 101-72 at Carioca Arena.
The U.S. women now have won eight gold medals in Olympic competition, own a 49-game Olympic win streak and an overall record of 66-3 since beginning play in 1976. Serbia (4-4) beat France (4-4) 70-63 to win the bronze medal.
The game was close for the first 13 minutes before the USA began to pull away. Led by four players in double digit scoring, including Diana Taurasi with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point and Lindsay Whalen with 17 points and six assists, the USA got 55 points off its bench, outrebounded Spain 51-28 and scored 23 points off of 17 Spanish turnovers.
USA head coach Geno Auriemma said “Obviously it was an incredible tournament for us,” “From the very first game that we played to today, with very few exceptions I thought we played basketball at a really high level. I can’t say enough about our players. How quickly they’ve come together, how much they’ve been able to accomplish in less than a month that we’ve been together.