A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
CONNECTICUT — Gold again. That’s all that needs to be said.
The U.S. women’s basketball team routed Australia 92-65 on Saturday. The game marked the end of the U.S. playing career for among others, Lisa Leslie who ended up 32-0 in the Olympics with four gold medals.
Kara Lawson led the team to the Gold coming off the bench to score 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from the field. She was the last player chosen on the team and the biggest surprise.
She was chosen on the recommendation of her college coach, Pat Summitt.
The U.S. was simply too deep for any team. The reserves outscored Australia 59-11. Just because Leslie and a few others are retiring does no make the U.S. any less of a favorite going into London in 2012.
There were a lot of young stars on this team. Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers and the WNBA was super, as were Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Candace Parker who is expected to take over the role from Leslie with whom she plays in the WNBA.
Diana Taurasi remains the emotional leader of the team and will be expected to take on more scoring chores in the future. Sue Bird is a reliable and steady point guard who is not expected to score but who plays great defense and dishes off the ball well.
The U.S. will almost certainly have Maya Moore from UConn in 2012. Right now, she is one if not the best player in college basketball. The women were even more dominant than the men and only had less than a month to practice due to the WNBA season and European commitments.
The only team that headed them were the Russians in the semis and that was only briefly. The rest of the world is loading up in all sports but that will probably not be a factor for the U.S. over the years to come due to the depth of this team and the influx of new players expected to be on the team.