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SEVENTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 2014

  • Date:
    Oct 10, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey • September 26 - October 5, 2014


Entering the 2014 FIBA World Championship as defending gold medalists, the official 12-member USA squad had just two days of practice prior to the Sept. 26 tip-off. Fortunately the team featured eight USA National Team veterans, including three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, and was able to gel quickly.

2014 USA RESULTS (6-0)
USA 87   China 56
USA 94   Serbia 74
USA 119   Angola 44
USA 94   France 72
USA 82   Australia 70
USA 77   Spain 64

2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (6-0) 9. Czech Rep. (2-2
2. Spain (5-1) 10. Belarus (2-2)
3. Australia (5-1) 11. Brazil (1-3)
4. Turkey (4-2) 12. Cuba (1-3)
5. Canada (4-3) 13. S. Korea (0-3)
6. China (3-4) 14. Japan (0-3)
7. France (4-3) 15. Mozambique (0-3)
8. Serbia (3-4) 16. Angola (0-3)

Coached by University of Connecticut Hall of Fame head coach Geno Auriemma, who now lists as just the second two-time gold medalist as a USA World Championship Team head coach, the USA earned an 87-56 victory over China to open play in Istanbul, Turkey.

Brittney Griner and Maya Moore topped the USA’s scoring with 15 points apiece as the squad grabbed a USA single-game World Championship record 63 rebounds.

Playing in its first Worlds, Serbia trailed by six points at the start of the final period before the USA pulled away for the 94-74 win, as Taurasi scored 13 of her 20 points in the fourth.

Angola, also competing in its first Worlds, was no match for the American women as the U.S. posted a record-setting 119-44 victory to wrap up preliminary play.

Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The 75-point margin of victory was the most ever by a USA team at the Worlds, while the 61.5 (8-13 3pt FGs) percent shooting from 3-point and 32 assists also were U.S. records, and Breanna Stewart set a U.S. World Championship record by shooting 7-of-7 from the line.

Advancing to the medal round as the No. 1 team out of Group D, the USA shot a USA World Championship record 70.7 (41-58 FGs) percent from the field in a 94-72 quarterfinal victory over France. Opening the game with a 10-2 run, the USA led 29-14 at the first break and never looked back. Griner led the team with 17 points.

Meeting rival and also unbeaten Australia in the semifinals, the USA held the Aussies to just 34.2 percent shooting from the field and finished with a 49-31 rebounding advantage en route to a 82-70 victory. Australia was within six points, 61-55, early in the fourth quarter, but the U.S. pulled its lead back to double digits, 67-57. Following an Australian time out the USA scored nine unanswered points, and by the 5:30 mark, its lead was 74-57. Australia closed with a 13-8 run over the last five minutes, but the effort was too little, too late as the USA, paced by a team-high 18 points from Charles, earned the 82-70 win and the right to play in the gold medal game.

The U.S. earned its second-straight and ninth overall World Championship gold medal with a dominating 77-64 win over Spain as Moore, who led five U.S. players in double-digit scoring with 18 points, was named MVP of the tournament, and she was joined on the all-tournament team by Griner, who added 11 points. Further, Bird became FIBA’s only women’s World Championship four-time medalist, as well as the most decorated FIBA World Championship athlete in history, male or female, having now won three golds (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006).

Australia beat host Turkey 74-44 in the bronze medal game.

2014 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION/SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Seimone Augustus G/F 6-0 166 30 Minnesota Lynx/Louisiana State Baton Rouge, LA
Sue Bird G 5-9 150 33 Seattle Storm/Connecticut Syosset, NY
Tina Charles C 6-4 198 25 New York Liberty/Connecticut Jamaica, NY
Candice Dupree F 6-2 175 30 Phoenix Mercury/Temple Tampa, FL
Brittney Griner C 6-8 199 23 Phoenix Mercury/Baylor Houston, TX
Angel McCoughtry G/F 6-1 160 28 Atlanta Dream/Louisville Baltimore, MD
Maya Moore F 6-0 176 25 Minnesota Lynx/Connecticut Lawrenceville, GA
Nnemkadi Ogwumike F 6-2 188 24 Los Angeles Sparks/Stanford Cypress, TX
Odyssey Sims G 5-8 155 22 Tulsa Shock/Baylor Irving, TX
Breanna Stewart F/C 6-4 175 20 n/a/Connecticut North Syracuse, NY
Diana Taurasi G 6-0 163 32 Phoenix Mercury/Connecticut Chino, CA
Lindsay Whalen G 5-9 169 32 Minnesota Lynx/Minnesota Hutchinson, MN
Head Coach: Geno Auriemma, University Of Connecticut
Assistant Coach: Doug Bruno, Depaul University
Assistant Coach: Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx
Assistant Coach: Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina
Team Physician: Dave Walden, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

2014 USA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AS BK ST
Moore 6/6 37-70 .529 14-27 .519 4-5 .800 36/6.0 92/15.3 21 1 4
Griner 6/6 30-45 .667 0-0 .--- 14-23 .609 37/6.2 74/12.3 8 12 3
Charles 6/6 29-54 .537 0-1 .000 6-12 .500 50/8.3 64/10.7 13 3 4
Augustus 6/0 25-45 .556 2-4 .500 4-4 1.000 22/3.7 56/9.3 10 1 2
Taurasi 6/6 18-38 .474 8-20 .400 9-12 .750 14/2.3 53/8.8 27 1 3
Whalen 6/0 20-35 .571 0-0 .--- 10-16 .625 20/3.3 50/8.3 16 0 1
Ogwumike 6/0 17-29 .586 0-0 .--- 11-12 .917 29/4.8 45/7.5 6 0 3
McCoughtry 6/0 16-32 .500 2-4 .500 5-8 .625 13/2.2 39/6.5 7 1 5
Dupree 6/0 14-27 .519 0-0 .--- 6-9 .667 21/3.5 34/5.7 8 1 4
Sims 5/0 5-6 .833 1-1 1.000 5-6 .833 5/1.0 16/3.2 4 0 1
Bird 6/6 8-19 .421 1-6 .167 2-2 1.000 13/2.2 19/3.2 13 0 5
Stewart 6/0 2-8 .250 0-2 .000 7-7 1.000 11/1.8 11/1.8 1 1 0
USA
6 221-408 .542 28-65 .431 83-116 .716 305/50.8 553/92.2 134 21 35
OPP.
6 140-434 .323 38-124 .306 62-80 .775 186/31.0 380/63.3 65 5 45

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