The USA women’s basketball team defeated Japan on Sunday to earn their seventh straight Olympic gold medal, CBS Sports reported.
In their 90-75 victory against the host nation, Team USA’s frontcourt of WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson and Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner led the way by scoring 49 total points and combining for 12 rebounds and eight blocks.
Basketball legends Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird also made history by being the first duo to win five gold medals in Olympic play dating back to their first appearance in Athens in 2004.
While this was Bird’s final Olympic appearance, Taurasi hinted of possible returning to Olympic play in Paris 2024, according to CBS Sports.
A special duo pic.twitter.com/q2qaEYlbLu— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 8, 2021
With their victory, the women’s team tied the men’s basketball teams from 1936 to 1968 for the longest consecutive gold medal victories at the Olympics.
The women’s team is currently on a 55 game winning streak at the Olympics, with their last loss being in the semifinal round of the 1992 Barcelona Games, CBS Sports reported.
Team USA women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley, who won six previous gold medals as a player and assistant coach in the Olympics, told the Associated Press in July that her being the first black head coach for the team shouldn't be a distraction at all, adding that she knows the importance of winning a gold medal for her country.
The women’s team joins the men’s basketball team who won their gold medal match against France on Saturday.