Basketball: U.S. women seek sixth gold with a win over Spain

Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:54pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The United States women's basketball team will be out to prove their credentials as one of the Olympics' great sporting dynasties on Saturday when they take on Spain in the gold-medal final.

A victory over Spain, who have never won a medal in women's basketball, would mark a sixth straight trip to the top of the Games podium for the all-conquering Americans, making them one of the greatest teams to ever grace the Olympic stage.

Only the U.S. men and India's male hockey players can claim such a run of domination in an Olympic team sport.

The U.S. men’s basketball teams earned seven consecutive gold medals from 1936-1968 while India won six straight men’s hockey golds from 1928-1956.

Riding a 48-game Olympic winning streak dating back to the 1992 bronze-medal contest, the American women have an overall record of 65-3, and Spain were not one of the teams to beat them.

The U.S. women, however, are taking nothing for granted as they zero in on gold number six.

"It’s going to mean a lot," said U.S. forward Angel McCoughtry. "We’re ready for the gold-medal game. We’re not going to come out playing (around), we have to be serious and really get this.

"People might say: 'Oh, they just played Spain and beat them by 40 points.' It’s going to be a different ball game on Saturday."   Continued...

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