2020 FIBA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
Belgrade, Serbia • February 6-9, 2020
The USA Women’s National Team, while already qualified for the 2020 Olympics by virtue of its 2018 FIBA World Cup gold medal, took part in the Olympic qualifying process and utilized it as another chance to train and prepare.
2020 USA RESULTS (3-1)
2020 OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT FINAL STANDINGS (Serbia Group)
Recording 33 assists and 48 points off of its bench, the USA defeated 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Serbia 88-69 on Feb. 6 in Belgrade, Serbia.
A’ja Wilson had 16 points and seven rebounds, Skylar Diggins-Smith finished with 15 points and Brittney Griner contributed 14 points and six rebounds.
Jumping out to a 36-10 lead at the end of the first period, the USA controlled the game from start to finish in a 124-49 victory over Mozambique on Feb. 8.
By halftime all 11 available U.S. athletes had scored, and at the end of the game the USA was led by 24 points and nine rebounds from Nneka Ogwumike. Additionally, Chelsea Gray tallied 12 of the USA’s 41 assists.
It took nearly all 40 minutes for the USA to earn its 76-71 victory over Nigeria on Feb. 9. In a game in which the United States trailed 57-50 heading into the final quarter, Griner led the USA offense with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Gray added 12 points and a game-high seven assists, Ogwumike added 11 points and Katie Lou Samuelson tossed in 10 points, including a pair of critical 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Down 63-55 with 7:22 to play, the USA mounted a furious comeback, and capped by two free throws from Samuelson, posted a 15-5 scoring run over five minutes to pull ahead 70-68.
Tied at 70, Wilson scored off a feed from Sue Bird with 1:06 remaining in the game to push the red, white and blue ahead
72-70. Nigeria’s Atonye Nyingifaegia made one of two free throws to close the U.S. lead to one, 71-70, with 54 second to go, but Griner scored off an assist from Gray to cushion the USA lead to 74-71 with 41.4 seconds remaining.
Nigeria missed two would-be game-tying 3-point shots in the closing seconds, and the USA sealed the win with two free throws from Gray with 11 seconds to play.
With completion of the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, the 12-team field for the 2020 Olympic women’s basketball tournament was finalized. In addition to host Japan and the USA; Canada, China, France and Nigeria secured berths after two games of play in the three-game series; and the six that punched their tickets to Tokyo on Feb. 9 were: Australia, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Korea and Spain.
Ogwumike was voted MVP of the qualifying tournament, and joining her on the five-member all-tournament team was Wilson. Rounding the all-tourney squad were Ana Dabovic of Serbia, Leia Dongue of Mozambique and Eziinne Kalu of Nigeria.
2020 USA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER
|Ariel Atkins||G||5-11||161||23||Washington Mystics/Texas||Dallas, TX|
|Sue Bird||G||5-9||150||39||Seattle Storm/Connecticut||Syosset, NY|
|Skylar Diggins-Smith||G||6-0||165||29||Dallas Wings/Notre Dame||South Bend, IN|
|Sylvia Fowles||C||6-6||212||34||Minnesota Lynx/Louisiana State||Miami, FL|
|Chelsea Gray||G||5-11||170||27||Los Angeles Sparks/Duke||Manteca, CA|
|Brittney Griner||C||6-9||205||29||Phoenix Mercury/Baylor||Houston, TX|
|Jewell Loyd||G||5-11||150||26||Seattle Storm/Notre Dame||Lincolnwood, IL|
|Tiffany Mitchell||G||5-9||154||25||Indiana Fever/South Carolina||Charlotte, NC|
|Nneka Ogwumike||F||6-2||188||29||Los Angeles Sparks/Stanford||Cypress, TX|
|Katie Lou Samuelson||G/F||6-3||165||22||Chicago Sky/Connecticut||Huntington Beach, CA|
|Breanna Stewart||F||6-4||170||25||Seattle Storm/Connecticut||North Syracuse, NY|
|A’ja Wilson||F||6-5||197||23||Las Vegas Aces/South Carolina||Hopkins, SC|
|LEAD COACH: Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx|
|CO-COACH: Dan Hughes, Seattle Storm|
|COURT COACH/SCOUT: Vickie Johnson, Las Vegas Aces|
|TEAM PHYSICIAN: Dave Weinstein, Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Ryan, Andrews Institute (Fla.)|
|ATHLETIC TRAINER/MASSAGE THERAPIST: Britta Ottoboni, Potential Energy, Inc. (Mich.)|
|RECOVERY/CONDITIONING COACH: Susan Borchardt, Seattle Storm|
2020 USA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Griner||3/0||63/21.0||16- 27||.593||0- 0||.—-||14- 17||.824||19/6.3||46/15.3||4||3||4||0|
|Ogwumike||3/3||66/22.0||17- 25||.680||2- 3||.667||5- 5||1.000||18/6.0||41/13.7||4||4||0||3|
|Wilson||3/0||54/18.0||17- 29||.586||0- 0||.—-||4- 5||.800||22/7.3||38/12.7||8||6||4||1|
|Stewart||2/2||34/17.0||9- 16||.563||2- 6||.333||0- 2||.000||6/3.0||20/10.0||6||1||3||1|
|Gray||3/1||65/21.7||9- 19||.474||2- 7||.286||9- 11||.818||8/2.7||29/9.7||22||6||1||4|
|Fowles||3/3||52/17.3||12- 18||.667||0- 0||.—-||3- 4||.750||15/5.0||27/9.0||5||3||3||2|
|Diggins-Smith||3/3||57/19.0||7- 16||.438||5- 10||.500||5- 6||.833||6/2.0||24/8.0||12||3||0||0|
|Samuelson||3/0||30/10.0||6- 13||.462||4- 9||.444||4- 4||1.000||2/0.7||20/6.7||4||0||1||1|
|Atkins||3/1||57/19.0||7- 12||.583||4- 6||.667||1- 1||1.000||7/2.3||19/6.3||2||2||0||2|
|Loyd||3/0||49/16.3||2- 13||.154||0- 4||.000||9- 9||1.000||9/3.0||13/4.3||15||7||1||0|
|Mitchell||3/0||26/ 8.7||4- 7||.571||1- 3||.333||2- 2||1.000||4/1.3||11/3.7||3||1||0||1|
|Bird||2/2||47/23.5||0- 8||.000||0- 6||.000||0- 0||.—-||4/2.0||0/0.0||14||3||0||3|
|USA||3||600||106-203||.522||20- 54||.370||56- 66||.848||134/44.7||288/96.0||99||40||17||18|
|OPP.||3||600||73-221||.330||15- 68||.221||28- 38||.737||115/38.3||189/63.0||47||50||7||25|