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Sunday, August 8, 2004
Updated: August 9, 10:15 PM ET
USA trails early, then romps

Associated Press

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.