Women's basketball: USA to defend their title against hosts Japan in final

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Sue Bird #6 of Team United States drives to the basket against Yvonne Anderson #12 of Team Serbia during the second half of a Women's Basketball Semifinals game on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 06, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Sue Bird #6 of Team United States drives to the basket against Yvonne Anderson #12 of Team Serbia during the second half of a Women's Basketball Semifinals game on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 06, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The USA and Japan advanced through to the final after dispatching of their semi-final opponents. They will go head-to-head in the gold medal match on Sunday 8 August. 

After almost two weeks of thrilling women's basketball action we finally have our two finalists.

The United States will take on Japan in the gold medal match on Sunday (August 8).

The USA will have the chance to defend their title from Rio 2016, and go for a ninth title, while Japan are hoping to win gold on home court.

The USA have demonstrated their utter dominance throughout the competition and continued to do so into their fifth and penultimate game against Serbia.

A’ja Wilson has been a standout for the USA in her Olympic debut as one of their leading point scorers, and the 22 she grabbed against France in the quarter-finals proved pivotal.

Breanna Stewart has been equally as effective for the U.S., with 12 points against Serbia in the semi-final, with 100% completion record with her free throws and registering 10 blocks.

And the contribution and experience of Sue Bird, who is no stranger to chasing gold, has helped the United States keep a calm and measured approach as they’ve navigated the competition.

Japan, for some, have been the surprise package of the tournament - and reaching the gold medal game has been dubbed a monumental moment for women's basketball there.

It almost slipped away from them in the quarter-final but for a sensation comeback against Belgium to win by a single point.

They faced medal contenders France in the semi-final, and after the first quarter it looked like the mountain might be too big to climb.

But an impressive second and third quarter helped them cruise into the final quarter and secure their place in the final.

AKAHO Himawari registered 17 points, and seven defensive rebounds.

And strength lies in Japan’s three pointers, with a team total of a 50% success rate – AKAHO and TODO Nanako among the four with individual 100% conversion rate.

MIYAZAWA Yuki was the second Japanese player to reach double figures in points (14), also converting 100% of her three-point shots.

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Schedule: When to watch the women's basketball final at Tokyo 2020

The women's basketball final will take place at the Saitama Super Arena.

11:00 JST - United States v Japan

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 04: Breanna Stewart #10 of Team United States high-fives teammate A'Ja Wilson #9 during the first half of a Women's Basketball Quarterfinals game on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 04, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 04: Breanna Stewart #10 of Team United States high-fives teammate A'Ja Wilson #9 during the first half of a Women's Basketball Quarterfinals game on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 04, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Women's basketball: Road to the Tokyo 2020 final

United States

Women's Preliminary - Group B

Nigeria 72 – 81 United States

United States 86 – 69 Japan

France 82 – 93 United States

Quarter-final

Australia 55 - 79 United States

Semi-final

United States 79 - 59 Serbia

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Moeko Nagaoka #0 of Team Japan and Iliana Rupert #12 of Team France compete for possession the ball during the second half in a Women's Basketball Semifinals game on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 06, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Moeko Nagaoka #0 of Team Japan and Iliana Rupert #12 of Team France compete for possession the ball during the second half in a Women's Basketball Semifinals game on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 06, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Japan

Women's Preliminary - Group B

Japan 74 – 70 France

United States 86 – 69 Japan

Nigeria 83 – 201 Japan

Quarter-final

Japan 86 - 85 Belgium

Semi-final

Japan 87 - 71 France

SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Sue Bird #6 of Team United States celebrates the United States' win over Serbia in a Women's Basketball Semifinals game on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 06, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Sue Bird #6 of Team United States celebrates the United States' win over Serbia in a Women's Basketball Semifinals game on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 06, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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How to watch and follow the women's basketball final?

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You can read more about women's basketball at Tokyo 2020 , and all other events from the Games, in the official Tokyo 2020 Live Blog here.