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London 2012 Olympics: U.S. Women's Basketball Wins Gold Medal With 86-50 Victory Over France

The United States women's basketball team has just won the gold medal, with an absolutely dominating victory over France at the 2012 London Olympics. After one quarter, Team USA led by just five points, but kicked it into high gear from there en route to a crushing 86-50 win.

It looked like it might be competitive after that first quarter, especially when France took the lead after a three-point jumper from Edwige Lawson-Wade that made the score 13-11. But that was really the only point in which France had the lead outside of scoring first to start the game. But the second quarter saw the U.S. outscore France 17-10, and they really picked up in the next quarters, outscoring France 49-25 in the second half.

Minnesota Lynx players Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen all played a part in Team USA's win, though they didn't provide as much an impact as they hoped they would. Moore had six points on the night, but also grabbed seven rebounds. Augustus contributed eight points and a rebound, while Minnesota native Whalen had an off-night, scoring three points and only shooting 1-for-3 on the day.

Be sure to stay locked right here with this StoryStream for more coverage of Minnesota athletes at the Summer Games. Also head over to SB Nation's Olympic hub for more coverage from London.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.