2012 Summer Olympics

USA vs. France Women's Basketball: US Will Dominate the French En Route to Gold

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  United States huddles up following their 86-73 victory over 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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Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 11, 2012

Team USA and France both enter the gold medal game undefeated in Olympic play. However, the U.S. women will still destroy the French en route to the title.

The U.S. is seeking its fifth straight gold medal and it also heads into this game riding a 40-game Olympic winning streak.

France, on the other hand, is seeking its first medal, and their run at this tournament has come as a bit of a surprise.

Seems like a recipe for an upset, right?

It's the underdog against the favorite, like Team USA vs. the Soviet Union during the Miracle on Ice. The Average Joes vs. Globo-Gym from DodgeBall.

Well, not really the last one, but you get the idea.

However, this U.S. team isn't about to let up. They know what's on the line, and this team doesn't want to be the group that breaks the gold medal streak.

"This is USA Basketball's streak," said star forward Candace Parker. "We're just trying not to be the people that end it. I want a second gold medal. There are people that want a third. And some are looking for their first. So all of us are fighting for something in our own way."

The fact that the U.S. is still fighting is very bad news for France. Team USA has won their games by an average of 34 points thus far in the Olympics, and it could be scary to see what they do with a medal on the line.

The U.S. will come out fast and aggressive on both ends of the floor, using their depth to overwhelm France. 

However, the key will be how they contain France's star point guard Celine Dumerc, who according to U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma, is a special player.

"She's having a tournament for the ages," U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said of Dumerc. "She's definitely been the MVP."

If the U.S. can keep Dumerc in check, expect them to come away with an effortless win.

Even if the game is close at some point, Team USA will still be wearing gold by the end of Saturday evening.

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