Team USA beats Serbia to advance to gold-medal game


The United States women’s basketball team is headed to its seventh consecutive Olympic gold-medal game after beating Serbia by 20 points in the semifinal on Friday morning in Tokyo.

The No. 1-ranked team put together another dominant performance to win 79-59. Brittney Griner led the way for Team USA with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Chelsea Gray came off the bench to score 14 points in her best performance of the Olympics.

Breanna Stewart also continued her strong play, recording a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Team USA will play for a historic seventh straight gold medal Saturday against Japan, who ousted France 87-71 in the other semifinal Friday.

The Americans beat Japan during group-stage play, but only after the host country scored 30 points in the first quarter and put up a fight in defeat. The teams will meet in the gold-medal game on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET.