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U.S. women's basketball rolls past Spain to win sixth straight gold

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The United States women'sbasketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal on Saturday to rubber-stamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time.

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Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles, Tina Charles and Brittney Griner celebrate with their gold medals during the presentation ceremony after defeating Spain in the Olympic women's basketball final. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The United States women'sbasketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal on Saturday to rubber-stamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time.

After a sloppy start that saw Spain lead much of the opening quarter, the U.S. finally settled into their familiar rhythm, turning a 10-0 run into a 17-point halftime lead.

From then on there was no way back for Spain as the U.S. extended their Olympic winning streak to a staggering 49-0.

Only two other teams can claim such a run of domination in an Olympic team sport.

The U.S. men's basketball team earned seven consecutive gold medals from 1936-1968 while India claimed six-straight men's field hockey titles from 1928-1956.

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For Spain, the silver was their first in Olympic women's basketball. Earlier, Serbia beat France 70-63 in the bronze medal game.

With the victory Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi joined former teammates Teresa Edwards and Lisa Leslie as the only players to win four gold medals in basketball.

"It's pretty incredible," said Taurasi. "We had the goal to win the gold medal but there is something more to it than that. It's not about one person, one coach, it's about how can we make this the best basketball team ever."

Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen paced the U.S. on the scoreboard, pouring in 17 points apiece, while Maya Moore added 14.

Team USA captain Bird, who sat out the semifinals with a knee injury, was back in the lineup, contributing three points and a pair of rebounds to the American cause.

Humbled 103-63 by the U.S. in preliminary round play, Spain had looked determined to offer more resistance in the final, holding a 17-14 lead late in the opening quarter.

But after Angel McCoughtry hit a layup and connected on two free throw attempts the U.S. never trailed again.

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