The USA will meet France (7-0) in the gold medal at 9 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT) on Aug. 11. In its historic quest for a fifth-straight Olympic gold medal. The USA women currently are riding a 40-game Olympic winning streak that dates back to the 1992 bronze medal game.
Trailing Australia by four points at halftime, 47-43, the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team (7-0) buckled down on defense in the second half to rally for a hard-fought 86-73 win to advance to the gold medal game of the 2012 Olympics. France advanced to its first gold medal game with a 81-64 victory over Russia on Thursday.
“I thought the game was played exactly the we thought it was going to be played terms of the intensity level and physical level of the game and how hard both teams were going to compete,” said Coach Geno Auriemma, following the USA’s win against Australia. “We have played a lot of basketball in the last month, and I don’t think anyone has played better against us then Australia did in the first half. That was an impressive display of basketball, and we had no answer for that. It was incredible what they did to us. I really have a lot of admiration for them and tremendous amount of respect for them and their coaching staff. I am really proud of the way we responded in the second half, how we came back and did some things that USA Basketball is known for. I am really proud of my players.”
Women’s basketball became a medal sport at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. Since then, the Americans have collected a record six gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal, and own a 50-3 (.943) overall record in eight Olympic appearances (the United States chose not to participate in the 1980 Olympic Games).
In capturing the 2008 Olympic gold medal the U.S. became the first women’s traditional team sport to claim four straight gold medals.
The only other countries to break onto the gold medal podium in Olympic women’s basketball competition were the former Soviet Union (1976, 1980) and the Unified Team (1992), which was comprised of members from the former USSR.