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U.S. women's basketball scores 7th straight Olympic gold medal

The U.S. women's basketball team won its seventh straight gold medal at the Olympic games on Sunday, defeating Japan by 90-75.

Why it matters: The U.S. women's basketball team has raked in a total of seven gold medals and hasn't lost an Olympic game since 1992.

  • The win also marks Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi's fifth gold medal each, giving them the most golds of any other basketball player.

From the floor: Japan played tough agains the U.S., keeping the score close for most of the first half on the back of hustle and strong three-point shooting. But the U.S. took over in the third quarter, extending its lead to more than 20.

  • In particular, Japan had no answer for Team USA's Brittney Griner, who dominated in the paint. She led all scorers, racking up 30 points — a new Olympic gold medal game scoring record.

The big picture: The U.S. team has a great deal of Olympic experience as half of the players participating in Tokyo won gold at the 2016 Rio Games.

  • The team won against France in the preliminary round, 93-82. They went on to beat Australia and Serbia.

Of note: The game fell on U.S. player A'ja Wilson's 25th birthday.

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