The United States women’s national basketball team has won five straight Olympic gold medals and look to make it six on Saturday. Former UConn teammates and star players Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird have been there for the past three.
The two played together on the 2002 UConn national championship team that went 39-0 and that success has followed them throughout Olympic competition. Since the 2004 Athens Olympics, when the two of them debuted, the United States has not lost in the Olympics, winning 31 games in a row.
After winning gold in Athens, Beijing and London, Taurasi and Bird look to become the first former UConn women’s basketball players to win four gold medals. Should the United States take gold, the pair would join Lisa Leslie (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and Teresa Edwards (1984, 1988, 1996, 2000) as the only women’s basketball players to accomplish the feat. Former Tennessee star Tamika Catchings would also reach this milestone with a Team USA win today.
Should the United States beat Spain, Maya Moore and Tina Charles would earn their second gold medal, while Breanna Stewart would receive her first. Geno Auriemma would coach his third gold medal-winning team (2000 as an assistant coach, 2012).
The gold medal game between the United States and Spain tips off at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time and can be seen on NBC as well as the online stream here.