U.S. women’s basketball team earns sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal

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USA's centre Brittney Griner (2nd L) embraces USA's small forward Elena Delle Donne as USA's forward Tamika Catchings (C) looks on after USA defeated Spain during a Women's Gold medal basketball match between USA and Spain at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO— The dominant U.S. women’s basketball team won a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in impressive fashion, routing Spain 101-72 on Saturday.

Diana Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.

They won by nearly 40 points a game, but fell short of the record 102.4 points the 1996 team averaged.

The U.S., which beat Spain by 40 in a preliminary round game, got off to a slow start and only led 21-17 after the first quarter. Then the Americans got going with a 16-3 run in the second that blew the game open and the rout and celebration was on.

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