The American women won their 27th consecutive World Cup match

Sydney (AFP) – There has been a long legacy of success for the US women’s basketball team at the World Cup.

The names change over time, but the results don’t seem to.

Kelsey Bloom scored 20 points, Chelsea Gray added 16 points and the United States beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 on Tuesday to break the team’s record for consecutive World Cup wins.

This victory is the 27th consecutive World Cup for Americans who have not lost since the 2006 semi-final against Russia. The United States had won 26 in a row from 1994-2006 prior to that match. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 consecutive wins from 1959 to 1986.

“It’s kind of amazing,” said Brianna Stewart, who was part of the last three World Cup teams. “Obviously, I’ve been here for some of them, but you understand the myths before that kind of started the streak. It shows that no matter who plays in NBA, we’re always trying to strive for excellence.

“That streak doesn’t mean much at the moment because we’re going into the quarter-finals and focused on winning a gold medal, but it’s something you have to hang your hat on later.”

What started with Sue Bird, Diana Torassi and Sylvia Fowles has now been carried over to Stewart and Aja Wilson. A legacy of excellence that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.

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