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Even in rout, Team USA is relentless

U.S. women remain the favorites, but that hasn't given them false confidence

Originally Published: October 1, 2010
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

All that today's American women's players know of putting on a USA jersey is this: They're supposed to win. Not that they will win, or that the process will be easy. Just that it's expected. Heck, it's practically required.

But there was a time, before these players were born, when the United States wasn't a favorite in international women's basketball. In the four world championships from 1964-75, in fact, the Americans didn't even win a medal. Once, they actually finished last.

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