Shades of Barcelona as US women rout Angola
Olympic Games Basketball
Angola 38 - 90 United States
Great Britain 65 - 73 Canada
Russia 69 - 59 Brazil
France 74 - 70 Australia
Czech Rep 57 - 61 Turkey
LONDON – The U.S. women’s basketball team, evoking memories of the men’s Dream Team of 1992, put on a hoops masterclass in routing African champions Angola 90-38 at the Olympics on Monday.
It took a little while for the Americans to get in synch, but once they did the reigning four-times Olympic champions put on a fastbreak show to extend their Games winning streak to 35 matches.
The last time the U.S. women lost at an Olympics was 20 years ago in Barcelona when they came away with the bronze at the same Games where the newly-invited NBA stars swept to the gold beginning with a 116-48 romp over Angola’s men’s team.
Candace Parker led a balanced U.S. attack with 14 points on Monday while Sonia Guadalupe was top scorer for Angola with 10 points as they lost again in their second outing.
The game ended the second day of competition in the women’s tournament, with France’s stirring 74-70 overtime upset of Australia the highlight of the day. That gave the French a 2-0 record while dropping triple silver medallists Australia to 1-1.