USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team: No Chance for France in Olympic Final

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Seimone Augustus #5 of United States celebrates with teammates after scoring against Australia in the Women's Basketball semifinal on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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For the fifth-straight Olympics, the U.S. advanced to the gold medal game, where it will play France.

In the semifinals, both teams were challenged by their opponents, with strong fourth quarters being the key for both teams in their wins.

However, as well played as the semifinals were, the finals won't be much more than a blowout in favor of the U.S.

The gold medal is so close for these players, it's almost like they can taste it. And, unfortunately for France, the U.S. is going to put together its best game of the tournament.

Australia matched up better to the U.S., especially in the middle with Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage, than France does.

The U.S. has dominated this tournament from the inside out. Tina Charles and Candace Parker have controlled the inside, and players like Diana Taurasi and Angel McCoughtry have been able to work in space to get their shot.

For France, Celine Dumerc and Edwige Lawson-Wade seem to be the top players, but they have been inconsistent throughout the tournament. While one may score in the double figures, the other struggles to find her shot and the French will suffer because of that.

The U.S., on the other hand, has multiple players that can be run out onto the court. If a player like Taurasi, McCoughtry or Maya Moore are struggling, someone like Sue Bird or Tamika Catchings can easily pick up the slack.

That's the real advantage for the U.S.—their depth.

There are no more games after this, so you can expect head coach Geno Auriema to have his girls give everything they've got, because there is no tomorrow.

And when you have a bunch of WNBA players playing like that, there's no stopping the U.S. from having its way with France.