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2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team

Games of the XXXth Olympiad -- 2012

  • Date:
    Oct 18, 2012

London, England • July 28 - August 11, 2012


 The U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team entered the 2012 Olympic Games in London as four-time defending champions, something no other women’s traditional team sport had done in the history of the Games.



2012 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA 81 Croatia 56
USA 90 Angola 38
USA 89 Turkey 58
USA 88 Czech Rep. 61
USA 114 China 66
MEDAL ROUND
USA 91 Canada 48
USA 86 Australia 73
USA 86 France 50

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 7. Czech Rep. (2-4)
2. France (7-1) 8. Canada (2-4)
3. Australia (6-2) 9. Brazil (1-4)
4. Russia (4-4) 10. Croatia (1-4)
5. Turkey (4-2) 11. Great Britain (1-4)
6. China (3-3) 12. Angola (0-5)

Early on there were some flaws on the canvas, but behind the coaching of University of Connecticut’s Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma, those flaws evolved into a classic work of art. No-look passes, unselfish play and gritty defense all became defining characteristics of the team that captured the USA’s fifth-consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Led by the heartbeat of the team, tri-captains and three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi, the U.S. left no doubt in anyone’s mind that it was the best team in the tournament.

Just how dominant was the squad that went 8-0 and upped the USA’s Olympic winning streak, which dates to the 1992 bronze medal game, to 41-0? Consider this: in scoring an average of 90.6 points a game and limiting opponents to just 56.2 points, the USA’s scoring margin of +34.4 points was far and beyond better than the next team’s scoring margin. Australia, which claimed the bronze and ranked second in this category, owned a slim +5.2 scoring margin over opponents.

In all, the USA sat atop nearly every major statistical category. In addition to scoring, it was No. 1 in field goal percentage, defensive field goal percentage, rebounding, defensive rebounding, rebounding margin, blocked shots, assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Individually, the well-rounded effort saw 10 players average between 6.0 and 12.4 points a game and every player averaged fewer than 25 minutes a contest.

The U.S. won its five preliminary round games by an average of 36.6 points a game, beginning with an 81-56 victory over Croatia on July 28 as Tina Charles paced the U.S. with 14 points in her Olympic debut.

Candace Parker then posted 14 points to lead the USA to a 90-38 rout of Angola; while Angel McCoughtry shot 10-of-11 from the line and finished with a team-best 18 points as the U.S. defeated Turkey 89-58 in its third contest.

The U.S. behind 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point by Taurasi, erased an early 10-0 deficit and took down the Czech Republic 88-61. Closing preliminary play on Aug. 5. with a 114-66 victory over China, the USA was again led by Taurasi, who scored 22 points.

Advancing undefeated to the quarterfinals, the U.S. received a team-high 15 points from Taurasi en route to dispatching Canada 91-48.

Meeting rival Australia in the semifinals, the Americans trailed at halftime for the first time since the third game of the 2000 Olympics, but came back and claimed their closest victory of the tournament, 86-73, behind 14 points apiece from Charles and Taurasi.

In the gold medal game the U.S. faced also unbeaten France, which was no match for the well-oiled American machine as the Americans collected an 86-50 and the gold medal behind a 21-point, 11-rebound performance from Parker.

Bird, Catchings and Taurasi were the undisputed leaders in London. The team also featured four atheltes who had one Olympics under their belt and were a collective steady influence on the team in London, including 2004 gold medalist Swin Cash and 2008 gold medalists Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and Parker.

However, it was the group of rookies who made a statement to the world that the U.S. will remain a force to be reckoned with in 2016. McCoughtry was the USA’s second leading scorer, while Charles ranked third for scoring and second for rebounding. Also competing in their first Olympic Games were Asjha Jones, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, all of whom contributed a powerful burst of energy for the U.S. team.

2012 USA OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE WNBA TEAM / COLLEGE HOMETOWN
Seimone Augustus F 6-1 170 28 Minnesota Lynx / Louisiana State Baton Rouge, LA
Sue Bird G 5-9 150 31 Seattle Storm / Connecticut Syosset, NY
Swin Cash F 6-1 162 32 Chicago Sky / Connecticut McKeesport, PA
Tamika Catchings F 6-0 166 33 Indiana Fever / Tennessee Duncanville, TX
Tina Charles C 6-3 193 23 Connecticut Sun / Connecticut Jamaica, NY
Sylvia Fowles C 6-6 200 26 Chicago Sky / Louisiana State Miami, FL
Asjha Jones F 6-3 196 32 Connecticut Sun / Connecticut Piscataway, NJ
Maya Moore F 6-0 170 23 Minnesota Lynx / Connecticut Lawrenceville, GA
Angel McCoughtry F 6-1 160 25 Atlanta Dream / Louisville Baltimore, MD
Candace Parker F/C/G 6-4 172 26 Los Angeles Sparks / Tennessee Naperville, IL
Diana Taurasi G/F 6-0 165 30 Phoenix Mercury / Connecticut Chino, CA
Lindsay Whalen G 5-9 150 30 Minnesota Lynx / Minnesota Hutchinson, MN
Head Coach: Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
Assistant Coach: Doug Bruno, DePaul University
Assistant Coach: Jennifer Gillom, Washington Mystics
Assistant Coach: Marynell Meadors, Atlanta Dream
Team Physician: Don Roberts, Portland Trailblazers
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Colorado Springs, Colorado

2012 USA OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Taurasi 8/8 30- 66 .455 15- 35 .429 24- 25 .960 24/ 3.0 99/12.4 23 2 7
McCoughtry 8/0 31- 50 .620 1- 5 .200 24- 31 .774 37/ 4.6 87/10.9 17 6 20
Charles 8/6 36- 82 .439 0- 0 .--- 12- 18 .667 59/ 7.4 84/10.5 14 5 5
Parker 8/3 38- 75 .507 0- 0 .--- 8- 14 .571 62/ 7.8 84/10.5 16 10 4
Moore 8/5 32- 69 .464 6- 24 .250 2- 3 .667 45/ 5.6 72/9.0 21 3 12
Whalen 8/0 24- 45 .533 0- 4 .000 16- 19 .842 23/ 2.9 64/8.0 19 0 8
Augustus 8/0 28- 65 .431 2- 10 .200 4- 6 .667 20/ 2.5 62/7.8 11 2 6
Catchings 8/8 20- 45 .444 1- 6 .167 8- 16 .500 39/ 4.9 49/6.1 17 5 13
Bird 8/8 21- 43 .488 7- 21 .333 0- 0 .--- 17/ 2.1 49/6.1 36 0 2
Fowles 5/0 11- 18 .611 0- 0 .--- 8- 10 .800 18/ 3.6 30/6.0 2 2 2
Cash 7/0 7- 17 .412 0- 0 .--- 9- 11 .818 10/ 1.4 23/3.3 3 2 2
Jones 7/2 11- 22 .500 0- 0 .--- 0- 0 .--- 12/ 1.7 22/3.1 6 4 3
USA 8 289-597 .484 32-105 .305 115-153 .752 404/50.5 725/90.6 185 41 84
OPP. 8 170-517 .329 41-149 .275 69- 95 .726 266/33.2 450/56.2 110 17 40

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