The streak is still alive!
The U.S. women’s basketball team easily won it’s sixth consecutive gold medal on Saturday afternoon, continuing a historic and incredible Olympic streak.
The team beat Spain 101-72 in Saturdays’ final during the 2016 Rio Games. The Spanish team will walk away with the silver.
During the first quarter, the teams were generally neck-and-neck. The U.S. team soon took control of the game and extended their lead. By the fourth quarter, the U.S. was up by about 30 points.
The women’s team’s victory was the final chapter of a gripping saga at this year’s games. The team has won more than 45 straight games and six straight medals since 1992.
Throughout the Rio Olympics, they routinely beat teams by double digits and were seldom in jeopardy of losing a game.
“This year’s team has a diverse set of athletic skills, including those of five WNBA MVPs and seven Rookies of the Year. We are proud to have proven veterans as well as new, gifted players who all work together to deliver wins for the USA,” WNBA president Lisa Borders told PEOPLE.
“These are talented, dynamic and multifaceted players who are the best in the world,” Border said before the final match. “It’s exciting and inspiring to watch the team in its quest for an unprecedented sixth consecutive gold medal.”
In the waning moments of the game, the players grew more excited. The players on the bench led the crowd in a chant of U.S.A. When the clock ran down to zero, they excitedly hugged each other.