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2002 USA Women's World Championship Team

2002 USA Women's Senior National Team - Australia Opals World Challenge

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Newcastle & Sydney, Australia • September 6-10, 2004


The 2002 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team defeated three of the world's top five teams at the 2002 Opals World Challenge in Australia in a warm-up to the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Defeating 2000 Olympic silver medalist Australia in the preliminary round and championship game of the Aussie-hosted Opals World Challenge, the United States also downed 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Brazil and 2000 fifth place finisher France during the Sept. 6-10 tournament.

The United States, which went undefeated with a 4-0 record at the Opals World Challenge, finished ahead of second place Australia (2-2), third place Brazil (2-2) and fourth place France (0-4). Averaging 67.8 points a game, the United States had the highest scoring average among the four teams, while also owning the largest scoring margin (16.3 ppg.), highest field goal (.408) and 3-point field goal percentage (.368) and held opponents to the lowest scoring average (51.5 ppg.).

Sheryl Swoopes earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 15.5 points and 2.5 steals an outing to pace all competitors. She also averaged a tournament second best 2.0 assists and shot a second best 50.0 percent from the field and was the third highest 3-point shooter after making 45.5 percent of her shots from afar. Shannon Johnson collected the award as the top defender of the tournament and trailed only Swoopes in steals, averaging 2.3 a game. She also ranked fourth in assists (3.3 apg.) and sixth in scoring (9.3 ppg.). Additionally, 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year Tamika Catchings listed tied for seventh in scoring (8.5 ppg.), tied with Brazil's Janeth Arcain in rebounding (6.0 rpg.), tied for third in steals (1.5 spg.) and shot a tournament fourth best 46.9 percent from the field.

Opening play on Sept. 6 in Newcastle, Australia, the U.S. collected 18 and 13 points from Swoopes and Catchings, respectively, in 73-60 victory over Brazil. Taking on Australia on Sept. 7 in a rematch of the 2000 Olympic gold medal game, the USA again came out on top, 84-55, after Johnson exploded off the bench for 20 points. Moving the tournament to the Sydney Olympic Park, the Americans closed out preliminary round play on Sept. 9 with a 60-46 win over France. Swoopes and Katie Smith scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to lead the USA in scoring. After earning the right to play for the 2002 Opals World Challenge title, the United States collected the crown with the help of 19 points from Swoopes in a 54-45 victory over host Australia on Sept. 10.

2002 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
-- Opals World Challenge
--

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
WNBA TEAM SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Sue Bird
G
5-9
150
21
Seattle Storm Connecticut '02 Syosset, NY
Tamika Catchings
F
6-0
166
22
Indiana Fever Tennessee '01 Duncanville, TX
Tamecka Dixon
G
5-9
148
26
Los Angeles Sparks Kansas '97 Linden, NJ
Jennifer Gillom F/C 6-3 180 38 Phoenix Mercury Mississippi '86 Abbeville, MS
Shannon Johnson
G
5-7
144
28
Orlando Miracle South Carolina '96 Hartsville, SC
Lisa Leslie
C
6-5
170
30
Los Angeles Sparks USC '94 Hawthorne, CA
DeLisha Milton
F
6-1
172
27
Los Angeles Sparks Florida '97 Riceboro, GA
Katie Smith
G
5-11
181
28
Minnesota Lynx Ohio State '96 Logan, OH
Dawn Staley
G
5-6
134
32
Charlotte Sting Virginia '92 Philadelphia, PA
Sheryl Swoopes
G/F
6-0
145
31
Houston Comets Texas Tech '93 Brownfield, TX
Tina Thompson
F
6-2
178
27
Houston Comets USC �97 Los Angeles, CA
Natalie Williams
F
6-2
217
31
Utah Starzz UCLA '94 Taylorsville, UT
Head Coach: Van Chancellor, Houston Comets
Assistant Coach: Anne Donovan, Charlotte Sting
Assistant Coach: Marianna Freeman, Syracuse University (N.Y.)
Assistant Coach: Gail Goestenkors, Duke University (N.C.)
Team Physician: Dave Walden, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Athletic Trainer: Missy Leget, Houston Comets

2002 AUSTRALIA OPALS WORLD CHALLENGE RESULTS (4-0)

Newcastle, Australia   Final Standings
Sept. 6 USA 73, Brazil 60  
1. USA (4-0)
2. Australia (2-2)
3. Brazil (2-2)
4. France (0-4)
  Australia 75, France 61  
Sept. 7 Brazil 73, France 65
 
  USA 84, Australia 55  
Homebush Bay, Australia
Sept. 9 USA 60, France 46    
  Australia 62, Brazil 45    
Sept. 10 Consolation Game: Brazil 59, France 56    
  Championship Game: USA 54, Australia 45    

 

2002 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM RESULTS

OPP
DATE
SCORE
W/L
POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
BRA
9/6
73-60
W
Swoopes-18 Catchings, Milton, Phillips, Williams - 5 Johnson-6
AUS
9/7
84-55
W
Johnson - 20 Leslie - 13 Staley - 5
FRA
9/9
60-46
W
Swoopes - 11 Catchings - 8 Bird, Johnson, Swoopes - 2
AUS
9/10
54-45
W
Swoopes - 19 Swoopes - 8 Catchings, Johnson, Swoopes - 2

2002 USA BASKETBALL WOMEN'S SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM • OPALS WORLD CHALLENGE CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-A
PCT
3PM-A
PCT
FTM-A
PCT
REB
AS
BK
ST
PTS
Swoopes
4/4
27- 54
.500
5- 11
.455
3- 6
.500
17/ 4.3
6
8
10
62/ 15.5
Johnson
4/2
12- 31
.387
6- 14
.429
7- 10
.700
11/ 2.8
13
2
9
37/ 9.3
Catchings
4/4
15- 32
.469
3- 10
.300
1- 5
.200
24/ 6.0
7
3
6
34/ 8.5
Smith
4/4
8- 25
.320
2- 9
.222
4- 5
.800
11/ 2.8
4
1
2
22/ 5.5
Milton-Jones
4/2
8- 26
.308
0- 1
.000
5- 7
.714
21/ 5.3
2
2
4
21/ 5.3
Leslie
2/2
7- 18
.389
0- 2
.000
4- 6
.667
17/ 8.5
0
2
1
18/ 9.0
Staley
2/2
6- 8
.750
4- 5
.800
2- 2
1.000
0/ 0.0
9
0
1
18/ 9.0
Dixon
4/0
7- 19
.368
0- 1
.000
1- 4
.250
3/ 0.8
4
2
2
15/ 3.8
Phillips
4/0
7- 17
.412
0- 0
.000
1- 3
.333
20/ 5.0
2
6
4
15/ 3.8
Bird
4/0
6- 16
.375
1- 4
.250
0- 0
.000
5/ 1.3
4
0
1
13/ 3.3
Williams
4/0
3- 11
.273
0- 0
.000
3- 4
.750
20/ 5.0
1
1
3
9/ 2.3
Gillom
4/0
3- 10
.300
0- 0
.000
1- 2
.500
11/ 2.8
0
0
2
7/ 1.8
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USA
4
109- 267
.408
21- 57
.368
32- 54
.593
175/ 43.8
52
27
45
271/ 67.8
Opp.
4
71- 223
.318
11- 39
.282
53- 78
.679
161/ 40.3
39
12
19
206/ 51.5

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