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1999-2000 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

1999-2000 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - September 2, 1999 • September 9, 2000


Following a successful 1995-1996 National Team program that led to a 52-0 record and a 1996 Olympic gold medal, USA Basketball in September of 1999 implemented its second long term national team program hoping to add another women's basketball Olympic gold medal to its already impressive resume.

Comprised of six Olympic veterans and another six of the WNBA's top players, the 2000 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team marched to a 38-2 record and then rolled to the 2000 Olympic gold medal in Sydney with an unblemished 8-0 record.

The 1999-2000 USA Women's National Team, which posted a 29-2 record between Sept. 9, 1999 - March 30, 2000, regrouped Aug. 14 to resume training and in the month leading up to the Sydney Olympic Games posted impressive wins in its final nine pre-Olympic exhibition games by a commanding average margin of 34.2 points a game, upping its overall record to 38-2.

Included in its 38-2 pre-Olympic exhibition record were wins over national teams from Australia (4-0), Brazil (3-1), Canada (3-0), Cuba (1-0), France (1-0), Poland (5-0) and the Slovak Republic (2-0); a WNBA Select Team; a USA Basketball Select Team; 11 of 12 NCAA opponents and five professional club teams from Europe and Brazil.

Opening play on Sept. 9, 1999, in California, the U.S. captured the U.S. Olympic Cup in San Diego, and USA Basketball International Invitational in Palo Alto, after sweeping Australia (3-0), Brazil (2-0) and Poland (2-0). Following a 99-73 victory over a WNBA Select Team in Hartford, Conn., on

Oct. 2, the United States posted an 11-1 record against top NCAA opponents beginning with Stanford University on Nov. 1 and closing with the University of Illinois on Dec. 12. Its lone loss came in the final seconds against the University of Tennessee, a 65-64 defeat on Nov. 7.

After taking a break for the holidays, the National Team posted seven straight wins in its 2000 European Tour against national teams from Poland (2-0) and the Slovak Republic (1-0); as well as professional teams SCP Ruzomberok (1-0) in Slovakia; Ferencvarosi Torna Club-Diego (1-0) and MiZo Pecsi VSK (1-0) in Hungary; and Famila Beretta Schio in Schio (1-0) in Italy.

The United States traveled to Brazil in March, where it defeated a Brazilian Professional Select Team 87-79 on March 13, and the Cuba National Team 99-58 on March 16, before finishing with a disappointing 64-55 loss to the Brazil National Team on March 19. The U.S. bounced back from its loss to Brazil to earn a 66-37 victory over Hungarian professional club MiZo Pecsi VSK on March 30 in Philadelphia, Pa.

After breaking for the WNBA season, the United States resumed its Olympic preparations with a three-game sweep of the Canadian Women's Olympic Team Aug. 24-27. The U.S. met Brazil on Sept. 2 in Hawaii and avenged its March 19 loss with a 75-53 defeat of the eventual 2000 Olympic bronze medalists and followed that with a 97-31 victory over a USA Basketball Select Team on Sept. 3.

The USA then earned a trio of victories Sept. 5-7 in Adelaide, Australia, defeating Olympic contenders France 75-59, Slovak Republic 62-45 and Poland 86-39. The U.S. closed out its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with an impressive 83-62 victory over 1996 Olympic and 1998 World Championship bronze medalists and eventual 2000 Olympic silver medalists Australia in Melbourne, Australia, on Sept. 9.

During the USA's 40-game pre-Olympic exhibition schedule, the squad outscored its opponents by 25.7 points a game and averaged 81.7 points a game. Utilizing a stifling pressure defense, the Americans limited their opponents to 37.2 percent shooting from the floor and forced 19.4 turnovers a game, while its offense shot 51.6 percent from the floor. The U.S. also dominated on the boards, averaging 39.1 rebounds to its opponents to 26.6 rebounds a game.

1999 - 2000 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT DOB SCHOOL PRO TEAM / HOMETOWN
Ruthie Bolton-Holifield G 5-8 150 05/25/67 Auburn Sacramento Monarchs / McClain, MS
Teresa Edwards G 5-11 155 07/19/64 Georgia NA / Cairo, GA
Yolanda Griffith F 6-3 175 03/01/70 Florida Atlantic Sacramento Monarchs / Chicago, IL
Chamique Holdsclaw F 6-2 166 08/09/77 Tennessee Washington Mystics / Astoria, NY
Lisa Leslie F/C 6-5 170 07/07/72 Southern Cal Los Angeles Sparks / Hawthorne, CA
Nikki McCray G 5-11 158 12/17/71 Tennessee Washington Mystics / Collierville, TN
DeLisha Milton C 6-1 165 09/11/74 Florida Los Angeles Sparks / Riceboro, GA
Katie Smith G 5-11 173 06/04/74 Ohio State Minnesota Lynx / Logan, OH
Dawn Staley G 5-6 125 05/04/70 Virginia Charlotte Sting / Philadelphia, PA
Sheryl Swoopes F 6-0 145 03/25/71 Texas Tech Houston Comets / Brownfield, TX
Natalie Williams F 6-2 177 11/30/70 UCLA Utah Starzz / Taylorsville, UT
Kara Wolters C 6-7 210 08/15/75 Connecticut Indiana Fever / Holliston, MA
Head Coach: Nell Fortner (USA Basketball)
Olympic Team Assistant Coach: Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut)
Olympic Team Assistant Coach: Peggie Gillom (Texas A&M University)
National Team Assistant Coach: Julie Plank (Indiana Fever)
Team Physician: Dave Weinstein (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan (U.S. Olympic Committee)

1999-2000 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM RESULTS (38-2)

U.S. Olympic Cup
Sept. 9 Brazil San Diego, California W 86-67
Sept. 10 Poland San Diego, California W 86-70
Sept. 11 Australia San Diego, California W 81-67
Sept. 12 Australia San Diego, California W 74-69
USA Basketball International Invitational
Sept. 15 Brazil Palo Alto, California W 94-86
Sept. 16 Poland Palo Alto, California W 86-67
Sept. 18 Australia Palo Alto, California W 94-68
Hall of Fame Enshrinement Game
Oct. 2 WNBA Hartford, Connecticut W 99-73
NCAA Division I Tour
Nov. 1 at Stanford University W 101-58
Nov. 5 at UCLA W 112-55
Nov. 7 at University of Tennessee L 64-65
Nov. 10 at Duke University W 71-45
Nov. 12 at University of Virginia W 96-44
Nov. 17 at University of Florida W 99-63
Nov. 21 at Ohio State University W 88-53
Nov. 28 at Purdue University W 74-50
Dec. 5 at Texas Tech University W 88-39
Dec. 7 at Stephen F. Austin University W 100-43
Dec. 9 at Louisiana Tech University W 84-55
Dec. 12 at University of Illinois W 73-49
2000 Winter European Tour
Jan. 22 Poland National Team Warsaw, Poland W 56-47
Jan. 24 Poland National Team Krakow, Poland W 78-55
Jan. 26 Slovak Republic National Team Ruzomberok, Slovak Republic W 63-60
Jan. 27 SCP Ruzomberok Ruzomberok, Slovak Republic W 75-67
Jan. 29 FTC-Diego Budapest, Hungary W 66-46
Jan. 31 MiZo-Pecsi VSK Pecs, Hungary W 66-60
Feb. 3 Famila Beretta Schio, Italy W 89-68
Brazil Tour
Mar. 13 Brazil Pro Select Team Sao Paulo, Brazil W 87-79
Mar. 16 Cuba National Team Rio de Janeiro, Brazil W 99-58
Mar. 18 Brazil National Team Rio de Janeiro, Brazil L 55-64
NCAA Final Four Exhibition Game
Mar. 30 PVSK Philadelphia, Pa. W 66-37
USA - Canada Series
Aug. 22 Canada San Antonio, Texas W 81-40
Aug. 23 Canada Dallas, Texas W 70-31
Aug. 26 #Canada Oakland, CA W 90-51
Hawaii Exhibition Games
Sept. 2 *Brazil Honolulu, Hawaii W 75-53
Sept. 3 #Select Honolulu, Hawaii W 97-31
Australia Tour
Sept. 5 France Adelaide, Australia W 75-59
Sept. 6 Slovakia Adelaide, Australia W 62-45
Sept. 7 Poland Adelaide, Australia W 86-39
Sept. 9 %Australia Melbourne, Australia W 83-62
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1999-2000 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
Leslie 37/35 217- 388 .559 5- 15 .333 134-163 .822 232/ 6.3 573/ 15.5 63 45 46
Griffith 33/11 137- 227 .604 0- 0 .--- 69-106 .651 202/ 6.1 343/ 10.4 27 24 64
Swoopes 5/ 2 18- 36 .500 2- 9 .222 13- 15 .867 16/ 3.2 51/ 10.2 17 5 7
Williams 40/24 150- 265 .566 0- 0 .--- 78-113 .690 249/ 6.2 378/ 9.5 39 5 36
Smith 40/31 134- 281 .477 50-115 .435 39- 46 .848 66/ 1.7 357/ 8.9 59 4 31
Bolton-Hol. 40/ 3 124- 283 .438 47-125 .376 15- 19 .789 71/ 1.8 310/ 7.8 59 2 35
Holdsclaw 36/15 118- 224 .527 0- 4 .000 41- 65 .631 158/ 4.4 277/ 7.7 46 10 33
Milton 37/10 103- 191 .539 1- 2 .500 53- 76 .697 146/ 3.9 260/ 7.0 51 13 34
McCray 40/29 104- 230 .452 5- 29 .172 58- 73 .795 80/ 2.0 271/ 6.8 70 0 46
Staley 35/24 63- 134 .470 20- 41 .488 30- 34 .882 58/ 1.7 176/ 5.0 168 1 44
Edwards 39/16 68- 138 .493 13- 35 .371 20- 30 .667 88/ 2.3 169/ 4.3 143 9 66
Bullett 3/ 0 6- 13 .462 0- 0 .--- 1- 1 1.000 16/ 5.3 13/ 4.3 2 1 4
Wolters 30/ 0 36- 65 .554 0- 0 .--- 17- 29 .586 52/ 1.7 89/ 3.0 11 17 2
McClain-Jo. 1/ 0 0- 1 .000 0- 0 .--- 2- 2 1.000 3/ 3.0 2/ 2.0 1 0 0
USA 40 1278-2476 .516 143-375 .381 570-772 .738 1562/39.1 3269/ 81.7 756 136 448
Opp. 40 798-2146 .372 152-513 .296 490-692 .708 1064/26.6 2238/ 56.0 387 101 306
NOTE:
Sheryl Swoopes was added to the Women's National Team on June 25, 2000, but did not join the squad until Sept. 1, following the WNBA playoffs. 2000 Olympic alternates Vicky Bullett and Katrina McClain-Johnson trained and competed with the National Team Aug. 14-26.

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