The U.S. women’s basketball team heads into Saturday’s contest against Japan looking to extend its Olympic winning streak to 55 games and capture its seventh consecutive gold medal.
The Americans have largely overpowered the opposition in this year’s tournament, winning their previous five Olympic contests by an average of 16.2 points. And yet, Team USA guard Sue Bird believes this group hasn’t put together its best performance.
“As usual with USA Basketball, when we come together, we just try to get on a path where we’re just getting better and better every day along the journey,” Bird said after a semifinal win over Serbia. “And so I still think there’s another level that we can get to, and I hope that’s what happens in two days.”
Will Team USA reach that level and continue its run of dominance? Or will Japan pull off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic basketball history?
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from United States vs. Japan in the 2021 Olympic women’s basketball finals. Follow along right here.
USA vs. Japan basketball score
USA vs. Japan live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympic gold-medal game
(All times Eastern)
11:40 p.m. — Feed. The. Post.
End of third quarter: USA 75, Japan 56
11:35 p.m. — With just 10 minutes remaining in this game, Team USA is firmly in control. Japan has no answer for Brittney Griner or A’ja Wilson.
11:30 p.m. — Japan is in the danger zone. Team USA has pushed its lead to 21 points with two-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter. Megan Rapinoe is enjoying the show.
11:20 p.m. — A’ja Wilson is cooking every defender Japan puts in front of her. She’s got 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three blocks early in the third quarter.
Halftime: USA 50, Japan 39
11:05 p.m. — Himawari Akaho drills the 3-pointer on Japan’s final possession of the first half, but Team USA leads by 11 points heading into the locker room. Brittney Griner has been unstoppable so far, scoring 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field.
11 p.m. — Look at A’ja Wilson’s footwork in the post. Beautiful.
10:55 p.m. — Team USA has a bit of a size advantage in the paint.
10:50 p.m. — Japan took a hard punch from Team USA in the opening quarter, but it is still hanging around. Nako Motohashi’s 3-pointer cuts the deficit down to seven.
End of first quarter: USA 23, Japan 14
10:45 p.m. — Jewell Loyd beats the buzzer to give Team USA a nine-point lead.
10:40 p.m. — Good luck trying to shoot over Brittney Griner.
10:35 p.m. — Team USA is not messing around. The Americans start off the gold-medal game with a 10-2 run.
10:30 p.m. — The starters for each team…
- USA: Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, Brittney Griner
- Japan: Rui Machida, Himawari Akaho, Saki Hayashi, Moeko Nagaoka, Maki Takada
What time does USA vs. Japan start today?
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 7
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET | 7:30 p.m. PT
The 2021 Olympic women’s basketball gold-medal game between the United States and Japan is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET. It will be the final game of the women’s tournament.
How to watch USA Olympic basketball games
- TV channel: NBC
- Live stream: NBCOlympics.com
The USA vs. Japan women’s basketball gold-medal game will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday, Aug. 7. It can also be streamed via NBCOlympics.com.
USA basketball schedule 2021
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|July 27||USA 81, Nigeria 72||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|July 30||USA 86, Japan 69||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 2||USA 93, France 82||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 4||USA 79, Australia 55||12:40 a.m.||USA Network|
|Aug. 6||USA 79, Serbia 59||12:40 a.m.||NBC|
|Aug. 7||Gold-medal game vs. Japan||10:30 p.m.||NBC|