Japanese Women’s Basketball lost the Gold medal match to Team USA 90-75.
The United States women’s basketball team are once again Olympic champions, 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. Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, the two veterans of this team, made some history of their own by becoming the first players men or women to win five Olympic gold medals.
While Japan didn’t get the result they were hoping for in this game, they take home the silver medal after a brilliant run in this tournament. This was just their fifth appearance at the Olympics, and prior to this year they had never finished better than fifth. Winning a medal for the first time is always going to be special, but doing it as the host country is even better.