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France v US in women's b'ball final
Doug Feinberg
08:08 AEST Fri Aug 10 2012

Edwige Lawson-Wade scored 18 points and Emilie Gomis added 15 to help France rout Russia 81-64 in the women's Olympic basketball semi-finals on Thursday.

The French will play the US for the gold medal on Saturday night in a matchup of the only unbeaten teams in the tournament, with the Americans defeating Australia 86-73 in the earlier semi-final.

France, which is playing in only its second Olympics, is assured of winning its first medal in women's basketball with the semi-finals win.

While the French found ways to win tight games in the preliminary rounds, they jumped out in front of Russia early - scoring 10 of the game's first 11 points and never looked back.

Celine Dumerc continued her stellar play for France. She finished with 11 points against Russia and has hit several clutch shots for the French during their impressive Olympic tournament run.

Becky Hammon scored 13 points to lead Russia, which will play Australia for the bronze medal.

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