The French team began with its usual starting five, for the most important game of its history. Right from the beginning, they were handicapped by the refereeing and were inflicted 5 fouls to 0. On the other side, Korstine was the main danger in attack. The first quarter ended with a tie (18 all).
The Russians were given their first foul only at the 14th minute of the game. Cathy Melain at her best (13 points at 63% including 2 out of 2 three points shots) turned to be the top scorer of the French team. The Russians had a lower FG % and France led 37-30, in front of its fans, at the break.
In the third period Alain Jardel rotated his players, but because of a partial refereeing, the Russians came back to the score at the 27th minute.
At the start of the last quarter, the French were still leading 52-50. The end of the game became very tense for the two teams, but France managed to break away, thanks particularly to Fijalkowski (4 fouls) and to Souvré as a very good leading captain. Once again the French defense was too heavy for the opponents and Alain Jardel's players won the gold medal they expected so much.