Now the head women’s basketball coach at Duke University, Kara Lawson played in 64 games with USA Basketball, winning three gold medals in major competitions and earning an overall record of 57-7 (.891 winning percentage).
Kara Lawson (first row, third from right) began her legendary career with USA Basketball in 1998, capturing a bronze medal and a 5-1 record at the World Youth Games. She finished as the team's second leading scorer (15.0 ppg.) and ranked first in assists (4.5 apg.) and steals (3.8 spg.).
Kara Lawson began came off the bench as a freshman at Tennessee against the 1999-00 USA National Team to score 14 points, including a driving layup in the final seconds to upset the USA National Team, 65-64, on Nov. 7, 1999.
Kara Lawson (back row, fourth from left), who was a member of the 2001 USA World University Games Team that captured the gold medal with a 7-1 record in Beijing, led the U.S. in assists (2.0 apg.) and steals (2.0 spg.), and was the team's third leading scorer (12.0 ppg.).
Kara Lawson began was a member of the 2006 USA National Team’s first European Tour and aided the USA to a 3-0 record against professional teams in Hungary and Poland.
Kara Lawson was a member of the 2006 USA National Team that won the Australia-hosted 2006 Opals World Challenge with a 4-1 slate.
In preparation for the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, Kara Lawson (center) and the USA earned two wins over Australia, in Trenton, New Jersey, and Uncasville, Connecticut, in September of 2007. She contributed 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
As a member of the 2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team that competed in Valdivia, Chile, Kara Lawson helped the USA post an unblemished 5-0 slate to capture the gold medal and qualify the U.S. for the 2008 Olympics. She averaged 7.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Kara Lawson helped the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in October in Ekaterinburg, Russia, where she averaged 5.8 points per game.
Kara Lawson was a member of the USA's 2007 College Tour team that went 8-0 against NCAA teams in October and November. She contributed 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Kara Lawson (right) joined the USA National late and played in its final four games at the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament in April and helped the USA to a silver medal. She contributed 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. She is pictured here with USA assistant coach Gail Goestenkors.
Kara Lawson aided the USA to the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament championship and a 3-0 slate prior to the Olympics, with wins against Latvia and eventual Olympic medalists Russia (bronze) and Australia (silver).
Kara Lawson won her first Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She averaged 7.0 points and a team-high 3.0 assists per game.
Kara Lawson scored a team-high 15 points in the 2008 Olympic gold medal game against Australia – shooting 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Kara Lawson shot 57.1% from 3-point (8-of-14) in the 2008 Olympics, making her the U.S. Olympic women’s career record holder for 3-point percentage.
As one of 14 finalists for the 2010 USA World Cup Team, Kara Lawson played in four exhibition games. She helped the USA to a 3-1 record and averaged 10.3 points and 1.5 assists per game.
Serving as a USA 3x3 team advisor, Kara Lawson has helped lead USA 3x3 teams to six gold medals since 2017. Pictured here during a 2017 training camp, Lawson has helped the USA men and women win gold at the 2019 Pan American Games and the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and the USA women win gold at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Kara Lawson also served as the athlete representative on the 2017-2020 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, which selected USA Basketball women’s teams for events such as the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, FIBA U19 World Cup and Pan American Games.
Through the Years: Kara Lawson
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