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Games of the XXVIth Olympiad -- 2000

Games of the XXVIIth Olympiad -- 2000

Sydney, Australia - September 15 - October 1, 2000


After earning a 38-2 pre-Olympic exhibition record, the United States rolled to an 8-0 record and the gold medal after defeating host Australia 76-54 in the final contest in Sydney. In the bronze medal game, which went into overtime, Brazil defeated South Korea 84-73.

2000 Olympic Team
2000 U.S. Olympic Team


2000 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA
89
South Korea 75
USA
90
Cuba 61
USA
88
Russia 77
USA
93
New Zealand 42
USA
76
Poland 57
USA
58
Slovakia 43
USA
78
South Korea 65
USA
76
Australia 54

2000 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 7. Slovakia (3-4)
2. Australia (7-1) 8. Poland (3-4)
3. Brazil (4-4) 9. Cuba (2-4)
4. S. Korea (4-4) 10. Canada (2-4)
5. France (5-2) 11. New Zealand (1-5)
6. Russia (3-4) 12. Senegal (0-6)

In the USA's eight Olympic games, the squad averaged 81.0 points a game, while holding opponents to 59.3 points. The Americans limited their opponents to 37.7 percent shooting from the floor, while its offense shot 50.8 percent. The U.S. also dominated on the boards, outrebounding its foes by 14.7 boards a game, 37.6 rebounds to its opponents to 22.9.

Pacing the American effort was Lisa Leslie, 15.8 ppg., Sheryl Swoopes averaged 13.4 ppg. and Yolanda Griffith added 11.5 ppg. Griffith led the squad on the glass, averaging 8.8 rpg., while Leslie recorded 7.9 rpg. and Natalie Williams added 5.9 RPG. Team co-captains Dawn Staley and Teresa Edwards, along with Swoopes, dished out 3.6 apg., 3.4 apg. and 3.0 apg., respectively.

The U.S. team competed with just 11 members after a MRI on Sept. 15 revealed the start of a stress fracture in Chamique Holdsclaw's right foot.

The gold medal game marked the end of a brilliant 20-year career which included five Olympic Games for Edwards. Edwards, who has played since 1981 on 22 different USA teams, had previously announced that this would be her final international competition. She capped her career with a grand total of 2,008 points for USA Basketball and lists as the USA's all-time Olympic career leader for games played (32), assists (143) and steals (59), and ranks second in scoring (265).

The USA won all five of its preliminary round games in convincing fashion, defeating South Korea 89-75 on Sept. 16; Cuba 90-51 on Sept. 18; Russia 88-77 on Sept. 20; New Zealand 93-42 on Sept. 22 and Poland 76-57 on Sept. 24.

Advancing as the top seed in Group B, the United States earned a 58-43 quarterfinal win over Slovakia on Sept. 27, with the help of 18 points and five rebounds from Leslie and 13 points and 11 rebounds from Griffith.

In the medal semifinal after leading 42-40 at halftime the USA dominated the second half and went on to defeat South Korea 78-55 on Sept. 29. Swoopes led all scorers with 19 points, Leslie recorded a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, Williams collected 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Griffith recorded 10 points and eight rebounds.

The USA capped its brilliant eight game run with a rousing 76-54 victory over host Australia to win the gold medal on Sept. 30. With Australia trailing by three, 26-23 at the 8:43 mark, the U.S. reeled off nine straight points to take a 35-23 advantage with 4:44 remaining until halftime. By half, the USA's lead was 13, 43-30. The second half sawthe U.S. continue to increase its lead as it ran away with the gold.

The U.S. in the win relied on a balanced scoring attack that saw four players score in double figures, including a team high 15 points and nine rebounds from both Leslie and reserve forward Williams. Swoopes added 14 points and nine rebounds for the U.S., while Griffith chipped in with a double-double of 13 points and a team high 12 rebounds.

2000 USA Women's Olympic Team Roster

NAME

POS

HGT

WGT

AGE TEAM SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Ruthie Bolton

G

5-8

150

33

Sacramento Monarchs Auburn '89 McClain, MS
Teresa Edwards

G

5-11

155

36

n/a Georgia '86 Cairo, GA
Yolanda Griffith

F

6-3

175

30

Sacramento Monarchs Florida Atlantic '94 Chicago, IL
Chamique Holdsclaw

F

6-2

166

23

Washington Mystics Tennessee '99 Astoria, NY
Lisa Leslie

F/C

6-5

170

28

Los Angeles Sparks Southern Cal '94 Hawthorne, CA
Nikki McCray

G

5-11

158

28

Washington Mystics Tennessee '95 Collierville, TN
DeLisha Milton

C

6-1

170

25

Los Angeles Sparks Florida '97 Riceboro, GA
Katie Smith

G

5-11

173

26

Minnesota Lynx Ohio State '96 Logan, OH
Dawn Staley

G

5-6

125

30

Charlotte Sting Virginia '92 Philadelphia, PA
Sheryl Swoopes

G/F

6-0

145

29

Houston Comets Texas Tech '93 Brownfield, TX
Natalie Williams

F

6-2

177

29

Utah Starzz UCLA '94 Taylorsville, UT
Kara Wolters

C

6-7

210

25

Indiana Fever Connecticut '97 Holliston, MA
U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach: Nell Fortner, USA Basketball
U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach: Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach: Peggie Gillom, Texas A&M University
USA National Team Assistant Coach: Julie Plank, Indiana Fever
Team Physician: Dave Walden, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, U.S. Olympic Committee

2000 USA Women's Olympic Team Cumulative Statistics

Player G/S
FGM-A
Pct
3PM-A
Pct
FTM-A
Pct
REB
Avg
A
BLK
ST
Pts
Avg
Leslie 8-8
48-98
.490
3-7
.429
27-39
.692
63
7.9
11
9
8
126
15.8
Swoopes 8-8
46-89
.517
6-19
.316
9-13
.692
37
4.6
24
3
8
107
13.4
Griffith 8-8
37-54
.685
0-0
.000
18-24
.750
70
8.8
3
3
8
92
11.5
Williams 8-0
22-39
.564
0-0
.000
17-25
.680
47
5.9
8
0
6
61
7.6
Smith 8-0
20-39
.513
12-20
.600
2-3
.667
5
0.6
9
1
4
54
6.8
Edwards 8-8
19-31
.613
3-6
.500
8-10
.800
15
1.9
27
1
3
49
6.1
McCray 8-8
16-40
.400
1-2
.500
8-10
.800
7
0.9
9
1
3
41
5.1
Bolton 8-0
15-46
.326
7-27
.259
3-6
.500
16
2.0
14
0
8
40
5.0
Milton 8-0
16-31
.516
0-0
.000
4-8
.500
19
2.6
0
3
6
36
4.5
Staley 8-0
9-19
.474
2-4
.500
12-12
1.000
10
1.3
29
0
7
32
4.0
Wolters 6-0
5-12
.417
0-0
.000
0-3
.000
12
2.0
0
2
1
10
1.7
Holdsclaw DNP -- Injured
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Team
40
Totals 8
253-498
.508
34-85
.400
108-153
.706
301
37.6
134
22
61
648
81.0
Opp. 8
169-448
.377
32-103
.311
104-132
.788
183
22.9
78
12
36
474
59.3