They've only been playing together for about a month, but that was enough time for the U.S. women's basketball team to reach world championship caliber. Surprising no one, Team USA won the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul on Sunday by defeating Spain 77-64.
The team never trailed in the game and held a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter.
Perhaps it's easy to build team chemistry when four of the five starters played for the same college coach. Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles all played for U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma at UConn, and the fifth starter was world championship newcomer Brittney Griner.
"Whenever you can win a gold medal and it's a tough journey, everyone's happy. I'm definitely proud of this team," Bird told the USA Basketball website. Bird became the first woman to win four medals at the FIBA World Championship. She has three golds and one bronze.
Moore, who was this year's WNBA MVP, had 18 points in the final, enough to earn herRead More »from USA women's basketball wins World Championship, bid to Olympics