Doug Bruno and Team USA capture gold after 86-50 defeat of France
Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
In an unprecedented feat of dominance among team sports, the U.S. women’s basketball team won its fifth straight Olympic gold medal Saturday, routing France 86-50.
Candace Parker led the way for Team USA with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Diana Taurasi chipped in nine points and six assists. The team -- made up of elite WNBA players -- unquestionably proved their worldwide supremacy in the tournament finale, and is surely favorite to win it all again in Rio 2016.
DePaul’s own women’s basketball head coach Doug Bruno served as assistant coach to Team USA head coach Geno Aureimma and was certainly overwhelmed as a gold medal victor with the 12 fabulous players representing the United States.
“I guess I have to say it’s the highest achievement so far, but I don’t want to minimize the 17 NCAA tournaments we’ve gone to at DePaul,” Bruno told the Chicago Tribune after the victory. “To be able to coach the best players in the world and the best staff in the world is a great honor.
“But to be able to coach the women at DePaul and work for a woman like (DePaul athletic director) Jean Lenti Ponsetto, who’s one of my former players, this is all about that. I wouldn’t be here without them,” said Bruno. “It’s all the players at DePaul who put me in the position to be here. This is really about every single player who’s ever played for me.”
Bruno will now return to Lincoln Park to once again coach his Blue Demons, his 27th season as head coach. This upcoming season will be just a little different for Bruno, however -- he is returning as an Olympic gold medalist.