The United States ladies’ basket ballteam are indeed Olympic bosses. On Saturday night, they utilized another predominant execution to beat Japan, 90-75, in the gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics. This is the seventh consecutive gold award for Team USA, which is tied for the longest streak in team activity history, and their Olympics series of wins is currently up to 55 games.
Team USA had a colossal size advantage in this game, and made a point to utilize it early and frequently. Brittney Griner drove the way with 30 focuses, five bounce back and three squares, while A’ja Wilson added 19 focuses, seven bounce back, five helps and five squares of her own. Collectively, the Americans scored 58 focuses in the paint, and obstructed 12 shots. Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, the two veterans of this team, made some set of experiences of their own by turning into the primary players – men or ladies – to win five Olympic gold medals.
While Japan didn’t get the outcome they were expecting in this game, they bring home the silver medal after a splendid spat this competition. This was only their fifth appearance at the Olympics, and preceding this year they had never completed better compared to fifth. Winning a medal interestingly is continually going to be unique, however doing it as the host nation is far better.
Here are four key takeaways from the game:
- The line proceeds
The United States ladies’ basket ballteam is quite possibly the most prevailing administrations throughout the entire existence of sports, and they broadened their reign with a seventh consecutive gold medal in Tokyo. That tied the United States men’s basket ballteam (1936-1968) for the longest gold award streak in team activity history. In Paris in 2024, they’ll get an opportunity to take the record for themselves, and in view of how this late spring went, they’ll be weighty top choices by and by.
While seven straight golds are adequately great, the Americans have done it without losing a solitary game. The success over Japan stretched out their Olympics series of wins to a noteworthy 55 straight games. At the point when they last lost at the Olympics in the elimination rounds in 1992, six of the players in this current team hadn’t been conceived at this point.
You can run through a wide range of details about the run, yet here’s perhaps the most strange: they’ve won 53 of the 55 games by twofold digits. They have a similar number of single-digit wins (two) as 60-point wins (two).
- Taurasi and Bird impact the world forever
The greatest story is clearly according to a team viewpoint, and in light of current circumstances. In any case, this was likewise a set of experiences making execution for two Team USA legends: Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. With the success over Japan, that team turned into the main basket ball players – man or lady – to win five Olympic gold medals.
Bird, presently 40 years of age, was playing in her last Olympics. She went out in style, as she turned into the most established basket ball player to win a gold award in Olympic history. Taurasi, maybe flippantly, said after the game, “see you in Paris.” Whether she’ll have the option to play in 2024 clearly stays not yet clear, however in case this was it for her it was an incredible approach out also. She got done with seven focuses, six bounce back and eight helps.
- Griner and Wilson rule insid
Team USA has a size advantage against pretty much every other team, however it is particularly articulated against Japan. The normal stature of the Japanese beginning arrangement in this game was only 5-foot-9, and they don’t have a solitary player more than 6-foot-1 on the list.
That is clearly a tremendous issue against an American team flaunting the best frontcourt on the planet. True to form, Team USA went inside right on time and frequently, and Japan had positively no answer. Brittney Griner (30 focuses) and A’ja Wilson (19 focuses) consolidated for 49 of Team USA’s 90 focuses, and added a joined 12 bounce back and eight squares. Griner’s shot outline, specifically, is practically funny.
Griner ruled in the paint FIBA
Collectively, the Americans just made eight shots outside of the paint throughout the entire game, and won the focuses in the paint fight 58-40. They additionally impeded 12 shots and outrebound Japan 44-38.
- Japan gets its first award
The Japanese ladies’ basket ballteam has been a power in Asia for quite a long time yet has not had a lot of achievement on the worldwide stage. This was only their fifth appearance at the Olympics, and preceding this year they had never completed higher than fifth in 1976 – and surprisingly that is somewhat deceptive considering there were just six teams in the competition that year.
Coming into this competition, they were by and by not expected to be among the awards, particularly with star forward RamuTokashiki out harmed. Indeed, coming into the last round of the gathering stage, it wasn’t so much as an assurance that they would progress to the knockout round. Be that as it may, they put everything in order against Nigeria, which set up an exceptional run.
To begin with, they shocked Belgium in the quarterfinals on account of a match dominating 3-pointer by Saki Hayashi in the end seconds. That set up an elimination round confrontation with France, who they had effectively beaten in the gathering stage. The subsequent gathering was not as fascinating as the first, and Japan traveled to a 16-point win because of some solid 3-point shooting.
While the fantasy run reached a conclusion against Team USA on Saturday, Japan actually acquired the silver medal. It’s the primary Olympic award the nation has at any point won in basket ball, and to do it at home just makes it more uncommon.