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US Women's basketball picks up 7th consecutive gold medal vs Japan

The United States won its seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal after facing host nation Japan.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The United States won the gold medal in what some would call a sweep basketball after they defeated Japan, 90-75 in the women's final Saturday night. 

The U.S. won its seventh consecutive women's basketball gold medal, a feat that would match the U.S. men's team that accomplished the same from 1936-68. South Carolina native A'ja Wilson and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley will lead the Americans in Saturday's game.  

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Team USA defeated Serbia in the semifinals, while Japan beat France to reach the gold medal game. A win would not only give the U.S. a seventh consecutive gold in women's hoops, but it would give teammates Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi five gold medals apiece, setting the record for the most gold medals by a basketball player in the Olympics. 

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Staley has led South Carolina to three NCAA Final Fours and the 2017 NCAA Championship. As a player, Staley won three Olympic gold medals with the United States. She is undefeated as the head coach of Team USA. 

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