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Team USA Women’s B’Ball Hoops It Up To Win 7th Straight Olympic Gold Medal!

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Team USA women’s basketball nabbed its 7th consecutive gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, which ties as the longest gold medal streak for any Olympic team sport. Celebrate with the ladies, including head coach Dawn Staley (who is the first Black head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team) inside…

Who runs global basketball? Team USA!

A day after the men won their fourth straight Olympic gold medial, the women’s basketball team hit the court to win their SEVENTH Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. While Japan played good basketball, it wasn’t enough to defeat Team USA. The U.S. women’s team beat Japan , 90-75.

There’s no room for doubt when it comes to the U.S. women’s basketball team, who hasn’t lost a game at the Olympics since the Barcelona Games in 1992. The ladies have been on top of their game spanning decades with a remarkle stretch of 55 straight wins. Yasssss!

Brittany Griner set an Olympic gold-medal game scoring record with 30 points. She capitalized on the U.S.’s significant size advantage. The average height of the American team is 6 feet; for Japan, 5-feet-9.

“Seven in a row, I mean that’s just amazing. That just goes to show everything USA basketball’s about,” said Brittney Griner. “Unreal, to be a part of this … it means everything, obviously.”

Dawn Staley – the first Black head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team – won her first gold medal as the U.S. head coach. As a player, she won Olympic gold in 1996, 2000 and 2004. She also won two as an assistant coach to Anne Donovan in 2008 and Geno Auriemma in 2016.

Coach Staley also became the second woman to win a gold medal as a player, assistant and head coach along with Anne Donovan.

“Our country has a lot of great coaches that can get the job done,” Staley told USA Today’s Dan Wolken. “Me, being a part of I believe six, that’s enough. I’m full, I’m full.”

After leading Team USA to its seventh Olympic gold medal, Coach Staley said will not coach the team at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Team USA players Sue Bird, 40, and Diana Taurasi, 39, made history as well after nabbing gold. Both players have won five gold Olympic medals, making them the first basketball players ever to accomplish that feat.

Talk about a sweet birthday gift! A’ja Wilson won her first gold medal on her 25th birthday, putting up 19 points in the win. Happy Birthday!

Also…

On the final day of the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. women’s volleyball team dominated Brazil to clinch the nation’s first-ever gold in women’s volleyball. Woot! It’s the fourth total medal for the U.S. in volleyball after winning silvers in 1984, 2008 and 2012.

Here’s the medal count:

The U.S. leads with a total of 113 medals, including 39 gold medals, which is the most than any other country. Woot!

The Closing Ceremony was held this morning:

Congrats to all the athletes who brought home medals!

Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

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