TOKYO — Breanna Stewart closed out an impressive Olympics with a 14-point, 14-rebound performance to help lead the United States to a 90-75 win over Japan on Saturday night. It was the seventh-straight gold medal for the United States which ties the USA men’s basketball national team’s record (1936-68) for most consecutive gold medals in traditional team sports.
Sue Bird scored seven points, adding three rebounds and three assists in earning her record fifth-gold medal along with USA teammate Diana Taurasi. Bird is now 149-8 for team USA all-time and holds the distinction of being the only person in history of the game, men or women, regardless of country, with five FIBA World Cup medals.
According to USA Basketball, Bird and Taurasi join Aladar Gerevich (Fencing), Isabell Werth (Equestrian), Pal Kovacs (Fencing) and Reiner Klimke (Equestrian) as the only six athletes to win five or more Olympic gold medals in the same event or discipline.
Stewart finished with another solid stat line, recording her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds. She added five assists, four steals and three blocks en route to earning her second gold medal. She finished the tournament averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Jewell Loyd contributed three points while adding one assist and one rebound in her first Olympics. She finished averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
All three USA Olympians will be available to the media after their return to Seattle later this week. Specific information will be sent out soon.
Seattle returns to action on Thursday, Aug. 12, facing Connecticut in the first Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The second half of the WNBA season begins on Aug. 15 with the Storm in Chicago to kick-off a five-game road trip.