But coach Geno Auriemma said: “Right now, the only winning streak that we’re talking about is try to win one in a row, eight times. If we can get that streak, then we’ll be really happy.”
“We’re not going to think about what the other teams did in the Olympics. That’s not who we are, that was somebody else.”
Winners of the last four Olympic titles since their last Games loss in 1992, the US team survived a scare on the opening day of competition from Croatia, who are competing in the Olympic women’s tournament for the first time.
The Americans led by just three points at intermission and by 53-47 going into the final quarter before pulling away as they wore down the game Croats with their depth of talent.
“It’s the 12 best players in the world,” Croatian coach Stipe Bralic said. “Maybe the best women’s team in the world ever. We played very well for 30, 32 minutes. But it’s a 40-minute game.”