Sheryl Swoopes is guarded by Australia's Robyn Maher (4) during the semifinals at the 1996 Atlanta Games on Aug. 2, 1996. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
Lots of comparisons are being made between the U.S. women's basketball team going for a sixth consecutive gold medal in the Rio Games with the squad that started this amazing run 20 years ago.
Angel McCoughtry heard another question Thursday night about the similarities once the U.S. clinched a berth in the gold medal game.
"So, who would I be on the 1996 squad? Sheryl Swoopes,'' McCoughtry said. "I'll take Swoopes.''
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
On that 1996 squad, Swoopes was a shooter and defender who startd all eight games. Swoopes also was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in April.
"Hey, that's a great comparison, definitely a compliment,'' McCoughtry said of being compared to the 1996 squad.
Now the 2016 U.S. women have only one game left to extend what that 1996 team started in Atlanta if they can beat Spain on Saturday for a sixth consecutive gold.
The U.S. women's basketball team at tahe gold medal ceremony Aug. 4, 1996, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)