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Delle Donne and Team USA earn right to play for Olympic gold

Courtesy: USA Basketball

Elena Delle Donne and the U.S. Women’s basketball team will play for Olympic gold in Rio.

Team USA handled France 86-67 in the semi-finals Thursday. Playing without injured starting point guard Sue Bird, the U.S. struggled a bit – leading just 40-36 at halftime before pulling away.

Delle Donne -the former Ursuline Academy and University of Delaware star – posted 5 points, 2 rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench.

The U.S. will try to lock up its sixth straight Olympic gold medal against Spain Saturday.  Team USA beat Spain in the preliminary round 103-63,

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.