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USA trails early, then romps

8/9/2004

SALAMANCA, Spain -- Lisa Leslie scored 12 points and Sue
Bird added 11, leading the U.S. women's Olympic team to a 68-38
victory over France on Sunday at the Spanish International
Tournament.

The Americans, winners of the past two Olympic gold medals,
rallied from an early 10-5 deficit and tied the game on a pair of
free throws by Tina Thompson with 3:29 left in the first quarter.
Leslie hit a layup a minute later to give the Americans the lead
for good.

Leslie finished with a game-high nine rebounds, and Yolanda
Griffith had six rebounds and nine points.

Sandra LeDrean led France with 12 points.

The U.S. team will play its final exhibition game before the
Athens Olympics on Monday, facing host Spain in championship of the
tournament.

The Americans begin Olympic play against New Zealand on August
14.