The French Basketball girls continue their stunning tour de force in the London Olympics.
Undefeated, they keep digging for gold, and don’t seem so far like they got any plans to stop before they could reach it!
The French ladies had already shown that they meant business: They won the 2009 Basketball Euro to earn their qualification ticket to the London Olympics, although that was only for the second time of their history.
In the current Olympics, they defeated six teams in a row: le Brésil (Brazil) (73.58), then l’Australie (Australia) (74-70), then le Canada (Canada) (64-60), then tournament organizers la Grande-Bretagne (Great Britain) (80-77), then la Russie (Russia) (65-54) whom they will meet again tomorrow for the semifinals, then la République Tchèque (the Czech Republic) (71-68.)
So far, France and les États-Unis (the US) are the only unbeaten teams in the Olympic competition.
In yesterday’s quarterfinals, the French girls ont battu (defeated) the Czechs, after bouncing back from an 11-point gap!
The sensation of the French squad were no doubt Céline Dumerc and Enden Miyem, who were the driving force inspiring their co-équipières (teammates) to come back several times in the game.
Dumerc set the score 67-65, then Miyem followed by making it 69-65, with only 29 seconds before the final bell, adding two free throws to secure the French victory.
Céline Dumerc scored a total of 23 points for France, whereas the talented Eva Viteckova got 17 points for the Czechs.
The next showdown will be the semifinals scheduled tomorrow against Russia, who previously defeated la Turquie (Turkey) by an equally narrow score of 66-63.
It will be the French basketball girls’ first Olympic semifinals ever.
In the other semifinals, also set for tomorrow, the four-time defending champion US will face Australia.
Before that, the American girls humbled Canada by a punishing score of 91-48, thus sending a clear message to les Bleues, who may face them in la Finale this Saturday, le 11 août (August 11th) at London’s O2 North Greenwich Arena.
Bonne chance, les filles !