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2007 USA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Team

2007 FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Valdivia, Chile • Sept. 26-30, 2007


The 2007 USA Basketball Women's FIBA Americas Championship Team, guided by Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan, traveled to Valdivia, Chile, with one goal in mind: capturing the gold medal to secure a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games. The goal was achieved with a dominating 5-0 performance that saw the U.S. outscore its opponents by a whopping 40.6 points a game. The potent and well-rounded offense, which was paced by 13.8 ppg. apiece from Tennessee All-American Candace Parker and Tina Thompson, poured in 98.0 ppg., while the USA's defense kept its foes to 57.4 ppg.



2007 USA RESULTS (5-0)
USA
85
Cuba 79
USA
115
Jamaica 47
USA
85
Canada 37
USA
104
Argentina 53
USA
101
Cuba 71

2007 FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. *USA (5-0) 5. Canada (3-2)
2. #Cuba (3-2) 6. Chile (2-3)
3. #Brazil (4-1) 7. Mexico (1-4)
4. #Argentina (2-3) 8. Jamaica (0-5)
*Qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games
#Qualified for the 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Opening against Cuba on Sept. 26, the red, white and blue was in a back and forth battle for most of the game and needed all four quarters to put away the islanders 85-79. In what would be the USA's closest contest of the tournament, Parker scored a team-high 21 points, Diana Taurasi contributed 16, while Katie Smith and Thompson each notched 13 points. Sue Bird had a hand in many of those points after dishing out nine assists.

The USA ran out to an 11-0 run against Jamaica and never looked back en route to an eventual 115-47 win on Sept. 27. The dominating performance saw each team member score at least four points. Seimone Augustus' game-high 19 points on a perfect shooting afternoon (8-8 FGs, 3-3 FTs) led the charge, Thompson followed with 18, Taurasi had 12 and Bird and Kara Lawson chipped in 11 apiece.

Putting away Canada early, the U.S. went on to capture an 85-37 victory in its third and final preliminary round game on Sept. 28. Thompson's 14 points led the squad, while DeLisha Milton-Jones and Parker each chipped in 12 points as the USA led from start to finish.

Meeting Argentina in the medal semifinals on Sept. 29, the North Americans romped to a lopsided 104-53 victory. Rebekkah Brunson came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points as the USA catapulted into the gold medal game. Also aiding in the scoring barrage were Parker with 17 points, Augustus had 15 and Katie Smith notched 11 points.

A double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds from Taurasi highlighted five U.S. scorers in double digits as the team completed its mission of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by crushing Cuba 101-71 in the gold medal game on Sept. 30. Also scoring in double digits in helping the U.S. capture the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal were Thompson with a game-high 18 points, Smith scored 15, Lawson checked in to add 14 and Parker tallied 12 points.

Brazil earned the bronze medal after ripping Argentina 73-41.

With the one and only FIBA Americas Olympic berth going to the gold medalist, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba qualified to compete in the 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

2007 USA WOMEN'S FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
WNBA TEAM COLLEGE HOMETOWN
Seimone Augustus
F
6-1
179
23
Minnesota Lynx Louisiana State Baton Rouge, LA
Sue Bird
G
5-9
150
26
Seattle Storm Connecticut Syosset, NY
Rebekkah Brunson
F
6-2
175
25
Sac. Monarchs Georgetown Oxen Hill, MD
Swin Cash
F
6-1
162
28
Detroit Shock Connecticut McKeesport, PA
Kara Lawson
G
5-9
165
26
Sac. Monarchs Tennessee Alexandria, VA
DeLisha Milton-Jones
F
6-1
185
33
Washington Mystics Florida Riceboro, GA
Courtney Paris
C
6-3
250
20
N/A Oklahoma Piedmont, CA
Candace Parker
F/C/G
6-4
172
21
N/A Tennessee Naperville, IL
Cappie Pondexter
G
5-9
160
24
Phoenix Mercury Rutgers Chicago, IL
Katie Smith
G
5-11
174
33
Detroit Shock Ohio State Logan, OH
Diana Taurasi
G/F
6-0
172
25
Phoenix Mercury Connecticu Chino, CA
Tina Thompson
F
6-2
178
32
Houston Comets Southern California Los Angeles, CA
Head Coach: Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm
Assistant Coach: Gail Goestenkors, University of Texas
Assistant Coach: Dawn Staley, Temple University
Assistant Coach: Mike Thibault, Connecticut Sun
Team Physician: Dave Weinstein, Colorado Springs, CO
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Colorado Springs, CO

2007 USA WOMEN'S FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AS BK ST
Parker 5/5 29-47 .617 0-2 .000 11-16 .688 20/4.0 69/13.8 4 4 12
Thompson 5/5 24-49 .490 4-12 .333 17-18 .944 23/4.6 69/13.8 10 1 5
Taurasi 5/5 19-36 .528 9-19 .474 8-9 .889 28/5.6 55/11.0 17 4 5
Augustus 5/0 24-42 .571 0-1 .000 5-6 .833 11/2.2 53/10.6 6 1 7
Smith 5/5 19-47 .404 5-16 .313 5-5 1.000 9/1.8 48/9.6 15 2 4
Brunson 5/0 17-23 .739 0-0 .000 11-16 .688 18/3.6 45/9.0 3 2 7
Lawson 5/0 13-24 .542 8-17 .471 1-1 1.000 15/3.0 35/7.0 11 0 7
Milton-Jones 5/0 15-27 .556 1-4 .250 3-5 .600 23/4.6 34/6.8 11 2 3
Cash 4/0 8-17 .471 0-0 .000 11-13 .846 7/1.8 27/6.8 4 1 8
Bird 5/5 11-22 .500 2-7 .286 4-4 1.000 19/3.8 28/5.6 20 1 10
Pondexter 5/0 4-15 .267 1-4 .250 6-7 .857 7/1.4 15/3.0 24 0 6
Paris 5/0 5-10 .500 0-0 .000 2-4 .500 12/2.4 12/2.4 2 1 2
USA 5 188-359 .524 30-82 .366 84-104 .808 210/42.0 490/98.0 127 19 76
OPP. 5 100-299 .334 18-76 .237 69-100 .690 180/36.0 287/57.4 43 4 27

 

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