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US women win 50th straight Olympic game, beat Nigeria 81-72

A'ja Wilson of Las Vegas Aces scores 19 points
Tokyo Olympics Basketball
Posted at 5:15 AM, Jul 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 08:15:05-04

SAITAMA, Japan (AP)  — A'ja Wilson had 19 points and 13 rebounds in her Olympic debut to help the U.S. beat Nigeria 81-72 in the opener for both teams.

The win was the Americans' 50th consecutive victory in the Olympics dating back to a loss in the semifinals of the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Diana Taurasi, who was playing in her first game in nearly a month after suffering a hip injury, has competed in the last 33 of those victories to set a record for most games in the Olympics.

Ezinne Kalu scored 16 to lead Nigeria.