US Women Win Basketball Gold

Victory over Australia marks 4th straight championship
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2008 12:21 PM CDT
USA's Delisha Milton-Jones pauses on the court after beating Austrailia to win the gold medal in a women's basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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(Newser) – Lisa Leslie and the US women's basketball team were once again too good for Australia at the Olympics. Leslie capped off her illustrious Olympic career with a fourth straight gold medal, scoring 14 points in a 92-65 victory against Australia today. She joined former teammate Teresa Edwards as the only basketball players ever to win four gold medals.

"I visualized having a fourth gold medal," Leslie told NBC. "I've been able to represent my country since I was 24 years old. It's been just awesome." Russia took the bronze medal, beating China 94-81 as Becky Hammon scored 22 points. The Aussies have now lost to the Americans in the gold medal game in the past three Olympics, with all three defeats coming by double-digit margins.