Brittney Griner, A’ja Wilson and Diana Taurasi led the Americans past Japan, 90-75, in the gold medal game.
The United States women’s basketball team continued its run of dominance at the Olympics, defeating Japan, 90-75, on Sunday afternoon at Saitama Super Arena to claim its seventh consecutive gold medal.
This is the seventh straight gold medal for Team USA, which is tied for the longest streak in team sport history, and their Olympics winning streak is now up to 55 games.
Team USA had a huge size advantage in this game, and made sure to use it early and often. Brittney Griner led the way with 30 points, five rebounds and three blocks, while A’ja Wilson added 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five blocks of her own. As a team, the Americans scored 58 points in the paint, and blocked 12 shots.
The end of this year’s tournament also likely marks the end of a spectacular stretch for Team USA legends Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. The dynamic duo will leave Tokyo with their fifth gold medals, making them the most decorated players in USA Basketball history.
“It’s 20 years of sacrifice, of putting everything aside and just wanting to win,” Taurasi said during her postgame interview on NBC. “It’s never easy playing on this team, the pressure, but this group found a way to win. And I’m just happy this group got to enjoy it.”
“When you’re part of USA Basketball, you’re all family. You’re all teammates,” Bird added. “I think this one, it’s seven in a row. It’s not just about us. It’s about all of the players that have either set the stage or those that are on it right now.”