Russia hadn’t won against Australia in official games since 1998. With a medal at stake that didn’t change as Australia continued their win steak against the Russians.
Russians have previously complained about the aggressive defending by the Australians so they came out as the aggressors this time, crossing the line of dirty play more than they are used to. That didn’t stop the Russian coach Sokolovsky to complain about Australians getting away with too much.
The Opals controlled most of the game apart from stretches in the first and fourth quarters, but the Russians didn’t get closer than 6 points in the final quarter so the Opals were not in any real trouble.
This was Australia’s fifth consecutive medal in women’s basketball while Russia ended their two bronze medal streak.
Australia – Russia 83-74
Australia: Jackson 25 (11 reb), Harrower 21, Batkovic 17
Russia: Hammon 19, Belyakova 10, Petrakova 10, Vodopyanova 9
USA opened a double digit lead in the second quarter and that was it for the game. In the third quarter that lead reached 20 points and in the third it eclipsed 30 point mark.
Fifth consecutive gold for United States and it doesn’t look the streak will end anytime soon.
That was the final US NT for Tamika Catchings and very likely also for Swin Cash and Asjha Jones, but it shouldn’t matter for the American dominance as the likes of Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart should be in the mix for Rio.
USA – France 86-50
USA: Parker 21, Bird 11, Taurasi 9
France: Gruda 12, Lawson-Wade 12, Yacoubou 8, Dumerc 8