MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota Lynx players Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen helped the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team win their fifth consecutive gold medal on Saturday.
Team USA beat France 86-50. While this gold medal is the first for both Moore and Whalen, Augustus previously won gold during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The USA women won all eight of their games during tournament play, extending the USA’s Olympic winning streak to 41 games, dating back to the 1992 bronze medal victory over Cuba. The team’s 8-0 record during the London Olympics improves the U.S. women’s overall Olympic record to 57-3 dating back to the addition of women’s basketball in 1976.
Lynx executive vice president Roger Griffith says that the Lynx are ready to party.
“I’m extremely proud of Seimone, Lindsay and Maya on their success in London…We look forward to celebrating their return to Minnesota and continuing the WNBA season as we try to defend the WNBA title,” said Griffith.
Minnesota’s trio of Olympians scored a combined 17 points during the gold medal game on Saturday, including a 6-point, 7-rebound from Moore. In her second career Olympics, Augustus averaged 7.8 points during the tournament in just over 18 minutes per game. Appearing in each of their first Olympics, Whalen averaged 8.0 points on 56.4 percent shooting, while Moore averaged 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.