USA Olympic Basketball Team: No One Can Challenge American Women for Gold

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  (L-R) Tamika Catchings #10, Angel McCaughtry #8, Diana Taurasi #12, Candace Parker #15 and Sue Bird #6 of United States huddle up after scoring against Canada during the Women's Basketball quaterfinal on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 7, 2012  in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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While much of the discussion about Team USA's basketball prowess at the London Olympics has been about the men's team, the women might actually be the most dominant team at the 2012 Games. 

They could be the real Dream Team.

The American women have now won 39 straight Olympic games, failing to win by double-digits only once. If they take home the gold this year, it will be the fifth straight for the United States women. 

In six contests at the London Games, the Americans have scored 553 points, and their average margin of victory is 37.6; it could have been higher had they not coasted at the end of a few games.

With Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore on the same roster, this might be the best collection of talent in the history of women's basketball. Head coach Geno Auriemma has done a fantastic job getting this group to play well together. 

On Thursday, the U.S. women face Australia with a berth in the gold-medal game on the line. The Aussies are probably the best team left in the field, but even they won't be able to keep up with the deep and talented Americans.

While the men's team is getting most of the attention, people should really wake up and watch this year's American women's team. We might not ever see a group as good as this one again.