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2012 London Olympics: U.S. Women's Basketball Advances To Gold Final

Though the Minnesota Lynx representatives on the United States' women's basketball team didn't particularly shine in their semifinal matchup against Australia, they helped get the job done, leading the U.S. to a gold medal matchup with an 86-73 victory on Thursday at the 2012 London Olympics.

Lindsay Whalen, a Minnesota native, went 2-for-6 on the night and only had six points to her name, and will certainly be looking to do better in her next outing. Maya Moore from the Lynx had nine points on the night, with 4 rebounds, shooting 4-for-10. As a whole, the U.S. team only shot 45 percent on the night - it was a pretty ugly game.

Still, Australia fared worse, shooting 43 percent. Diana Taurasi and Tina Charles led the way for the U.S. team with 14 points apiece, while Sue Bird had 13 of her own.

The U.S. team will be taking on the winner of the Russia vs. France matchup which starts at 4:00 p.m. eastern on Thursday.

For more Olympics coverage, you can stick with this SB Nation Minnesota stream, or check out SB Nation's Olympic hub.

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