LONDON - Former Tennessee standout Candace Parker scored a game-high 21 points and snatched 11 rebounds to lead the United States Olympic women's basketball team to a 86-50 victory against France to earn its fifth consecutive gold medal at North Greenwich Arena.
In capturing its unprecedented fifth consecutive Olympic gold (dating back to 1996), a feat never before accomplished in any women’s traditional team sport, the USA women have compiled a 41-game Olympic winning streak that began with the 1992 bronze medal game.
With a comfortable 12-point lead at halftime over previously unbeaten France (7-1), the U.S. blew the game wide open with a 19-0 run in the third quarter that propelled the USA to the victory.
Shooting 10-of-14 from the field on her way to 21 points, Parker also grabbed 11 rebounds, and Sue Bird added 11 points. All 12 U.S. players scored in a balanced attack that featured 22 assists on 34 made field goals.
Parker was one of four former Southeastern Conference standouts on the U.S. roster for the 2012 Olympic Games. Former Tennessee star Tamika Catchings, along with former LSU standouts Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles also represented the United States.
Since 1976, 25 former SEC women’s basketball players have made 39 Olympic appearances. Eighteen of the former SEC players who have become Olympians have earned at least one gold medal.