The Associated Press
August 11, 2012
United States' Candace Parker (15) makes a block on France's Sandrine Gruda, center, as Tamika Catchings helps defend during a women's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Candace Parker is doing a little bit of everything to help Team USA try to grab its fifth straight gold medal. She's been electric, overpowering.

She's scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first half to help the Americans take control with a 37-25 lead over France at halftime.

Parker has the height of a center, the handle of a point guard and the instincts to tie it all together.

She's shown it all in the gold medal game, twice taking the ball coast-to-coast on the break, finishing one with a pretty scoop layup to get the Americans, and the crowd, rolling.

— Jon Krawczynski — Twitter


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