The U.S. women’s basketball team scored their 29th straight Olympic victory today. Lisa Leslie went a perfect 7-7 from the field as the Team USA trounced Mali 97-41. They’ve also routed China and the Czech Republic, winning by an average of 47 points in each of their victories so far in the Beijing Olympics.
Leslie’s perfect performance set a new Olympic record. When a reporter mentioned this to her, she simply said, “Another record? Oh well, records are meant to be broken. It feels good, but we just wanted to get the win. We wanted to come out and perform well.”
When Mali started out with a quick lead, head coach Jose Ruiz turned to his assistant and said, “Maybe the lights will go out now and it could be over.”
It was not to be. Cappie Poindexter, Candace Parker, Seimone Augustus and Leslie all scored in double digits. Coach Anne Donovan said her team is just getting stronger.
The U.S. team has delighted fans in Bejing. During today’s pre-game, Sylvia Fowles, Parker and Leslie took turns throwing down dunks, to raucous applause and picture-snapping. No woman has ever dunked during Olympic play.
The U.S. women play Spain on Friday. You can watch live online at NBC.com at 2:30 a.m. EST, or you can watch a replay at 2:30 p.m.