Rio 2016: USA into yet another final


The United States are a win away from a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball after beating France at the Rio Olympics.

USA defeated France 86-67 on Thursday to advance to the gold medal game, as they have every year since 1996.

They will play Spain, who beat Serbia 68-54 earlier in Rio. 

France hung tough in the first half, keeping it close as USA led just 40-36 at half-time.

Unfortunately for the French, the Americans came out hot on offense and kept them in check on defense, allowing just eight points in the third quarter.

"Before the game we said it's not going to be easy," Diana Taurasi told NBC Sports after the win.

"This is always the hardest game. France is a hell of a team." 

Taurasi led the way with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Four other women scored in double figures, including Maya Moore, who had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.

They have not lost at the Olympics since Barcelona 1992.

"History's not going to get you a gold medal," Taurasi said.

"It's working at it, making sure you don't underestimate anyone and respect them. And that's what we do. We respect everyone we play against."

Spain had four players in double figures for points against Serbia, with Alba Torrens (14) and Astou Ndour (14) leading the way.