By Wale Alabi
The U.S. won their sixth successive Olympics women’s basketball title on Saturday after beating Spain 101-72 at the Carioca Arena in Rio.
Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen scored 17 points apiece for the U.S., who are gold medallists for the eighth time in 10 appearances.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that victory extended U.S’s Olympic-winning streak to 49, dating back to the bronze medal match at Barcelona 1992.
Spain’s silver was however their first Olympic medal of any colour in women’s basketball.
The world’s third-ranked team had lost 103-63 to the U.S. in the group stage.
NAN reports that Spain’s Alba Torrens scored a game-high 18 points, but U.S. were comfortable winners, leaving coach Geno Auriemma in tears.
Victory brought a fourth consecutive Olympic gold for Taurasi, captain Sue Bird, and Tamika Catchings.
Earlier, Serbia had won the event’s bronze medal by beating France 70-63.(NAN)