Olympic Women’s Basketball: Diana Taurasi Leads USA To Gold In Rout Vs. Spain


For the sixth straight Olympics, the United States women’s basketball team is on top of the world.

Diana Taurasi, the greatest women’s player ever, once again led Team USA in its gold medal victory versus Spain, 101-72. Her 17 points (6-of-10 shooting, 5-of-7 beyond the arc) tied a team high and led a balanced U.S. scoring punch.

Guard Lindsay Whalen also scored 17 points in the win, while Maya Moore (14 points), Breanna Stewart (11) and Elena Delle Donne (10) all scored in double figures. Alba Torrens led Spain with 18 points in the loss.

It’s Team USA’s sixth straight Olympic gold and eighth overall. In the 11 Olympics since women’s basketball was added in 1976, the U.S. has medaled 10 times.

For Taurasi, the win gives her four Olympic gold medals, tying her with teammates Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings and former USA players Lisa Leslie and Teresa Edwards for the most gold medals of any female basketball Olympian. Only Edwards has more total medals — she also won a bronze medal.

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