Lucky number 5! USA women's basketball takes the gold

Lucky number 5!  USA women's basketball takes the gold

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: The United States players pose for a photo with their gold medals during the medal ceremony for the Women's Basketball on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 12 at 4:41 PM

LONDON (AP) -- Candace Parker scored 21 points and the heavily favored U.S. women's basketball team won their fifth straight gold medal with an 86-50 victory over France on Saturday night.

The win was the latest in an unmatched run the Americans have been on over the past 16 years. The U.S. has now won 41 consecutive games in the Olympic competition since taking the bronze medal in 1992.

The Americans haven't just been winning, they've been blowing past opponents.

Only one team has come within single digits of them since the streak began in 1996. They've won by nearly 30 points a game. The U.S. has only lost once in major international competitions since the Atlanta Games -- the lone blemish coming against Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship.

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