The Akatsuki Five earned their latest continental championship under new coach Toru Onzuka, completing the event with a determined effort against China in the final.
The Olympic flame is no longer flickering in the nation’s capital, but so many memories remain vivid and meaningful.
The United States jumped out to an 18-5 lead in the first quarter and collected its seventh consecutive gold in the event.
Dynamic point guard Rui Machida continued her brilliant play with an Olympic women’s single-game record of 18 assists.
Saki Hayashi sank a 3-pointer with 15.2 seconds remaining to keep the host nation’s medal hopes alive.
Machida plays a starring role in Japan’s one-sided victory over Nigeria, helping the host nation book a spot in the quarterfinals.