LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Maya Moore #7 gives a five to Sue Bird #6 of United States in the second half while taking on France during the Women's Basketball Gold Medal game on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 1

Five-Peat: Team USA Wins A Fifth Straight Gold

The streaks continue. Team USA's women's basketball won its fifth-straight gold medal Saturday night in London -- its 41st consecutive victory -- beating France in the final, 86-50

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Women's Basketball Gold Medal Game: USA Wins Fifth Straight Gold Medal

The United States women's basketball team won their fifth-straight Olympic gold medal Saturday with a 86-50 win against France.

Team USA got off to a bit of a slower start than they may have liked, leading by just 12 points at halftime. They came out much stronger in the second half, extending their lead to 26 after the third quarter. It was the United States' 41st consecutive win in Olympic play.

Candace Parker led the way for the United States with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Sue Bird was a big part of the United States' second-half surge as she finished with 11 points and two assists. Team USA's defense was especially strong, holding France to just 28.1 percent shooting.

France takes home the silver medal, the country's first ever Olympic medal in the sport. Sandrine Gruda and Edwige Lawson-Wade led the way for France, each scoring 12 points.

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Women's Basketball Gold Medal Game: U.S. Leads By 12 At Halftime

Playing for their fifth straight gold medal, the United States women's basketball team has a 37-25 lead over France at halftime.

While the score is lower than some may have expected, the United States still holds a double-digit lead, despite not shooting the ball especially well. Team USA made just 15-of-38 shots in the first half. including just 1-of-5 from 3-point range.

Candace Parker, coming off the bench for the first time in the Olympics, leads team USA at halftime with 15 points and nine rebounds. She is the only American to make more than one shot from the field. The rest of the team combined to shoot 8-of-29 in the first half.

Sandrine Gruda leads France at halftime with eight points. France also struggled offensively in the first half, making just 9-of-32 shots from the floor.

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Women's Basketball Bronze Medal: Lauren Jackson Leads Australia To Medal Over Russia

After ending the three previous Olympics with a loss to the United States, Lauren Jackson earned her fourth consecutive Olympic medal and Australia's fifth with a win in the bronze medal game over Russia, 83-74.

Jackson is already plenty decorated: she's a three-time WNBA MVP, three-time scoring champion, and has earned the WNBA championship twice with the Seattle Storm. But she's been unable to lead Team Australia to victory over the United States. In 2000, 2004, and 2008, these losses came in the gold medal match. This time, the two squads were faced up in the semifinals, meaning the Opals' loss put her in the bronze medal game.

She responded with a dominant 25-point, 11-rebound outing against Becky Hammon's Russian squad. Australia was also helped by 21 points and four assists by the 37-year old Kristi Harrower and 17 points and eight boards by Suzy Batkovic. Hammon paced her Russian team with 19 points, but nobody else had more than 12. Australia pulled away in the second and third quarters, and although a late run by Russia made the final tally less than ten points, the victory and medal were in hand for the Aussies for some time.

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Women's Basketball: Team USA Eyes Fifth-Straight Gold Medal

The U.S. women's basketball team looks to continue its dominance of the Olympics with a fifth straight gold medal on Saturday.

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