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Geno Auriemma

USA Faces Rival Australia In Exhibition

  • Date:
    Sep 19, 2014

Paris, France

After arriving in Paris, France, on Sept. 17, the USA Women’s National Team will open its foreign slate of exhibition games on Friday, Sept. 19, against rival Australia at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. EDT) at Pierre de Coubertin Stadium.

Though this game is for experience only, it likely will be a hard-fought battle as the two teams have a long history of fierce competition.

The most recent FIBA World Championship in 2010, the USA only met Australia in the preliminary round, but the 83-75 win earned the USA the No. 1 seed out of its group, and while the USA went on to claim gold, Australia finished in fifth place.

The team’s most recent meeting, however, came in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympic Games, with the USA recording an 86-73 win, and it actually has been in the Olympics that the rivalry has seen the USA diminish the Aussie’s hopes time after time. The USA knocked off Australia 92-65 to claim gold in the championship of the 2008 Olympic Games, as it did in the 2004 Olympic Games with a 74-63 gold medal win over the Aussies and the 2000 Olympics with a 76-54 finals win. In 1996, the USA beat Australia 93-71 in the semifinals

The U.S. roster now stands after 15 players after the additions of 2014 WNBA champions with the Phoenix Mercury Candice Dupree and Diana Taurasi, and Australia boasts of star talent and faces familiar to the USA in WNBA veterans Elizabeth Cambage, Erin Phillips, Belinda Snell and Penny Taylor, who teamed up with Dupree and Taurasi to help the Mercury capture the 2014 WNBA title.

“They’re always incredibly tough, incredibly difficult,” said USA head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut). “They’re kind of like us; they’ve got a lot of experience. The only difference is that they’ve got some really, really tremendous size up front. It’s not an easy challenge to stop them, but this tournament’s perfect for us because we’re getting a chance to play some of the best teams in the world, and it’ll prepare us for sure for what’s coming up in Istanbul.

While the game will not be broadcast on TV or online, you can follow along with quarter updates on

Just the Facts: AUSTRALIA 

FIBA world ranking: 2.

How Australia qualified: 2013 FIBA Oceania gold medalist (2-0 versus New Zealand).

World Championship appearances: 13 (1957, 1967, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010).

World Championship overall record: 60-40 (.600).

World Championship medals: 1 gold medal (2006), 2 bronze medals (1998, 2002).

Key players in 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship: Natalie Hurst (8.0 ppg., 7.5 rpg.), Belinda Snell (11.0 ppg., 3.0 apg.), Marianna Tolo (6.5 ppg., 2.0 rpg., 1.5 apg.).

Australian players who play or have played in the WNBA: Liz Cambage (Tulsa Shock), Rachel Jarry (Minnesota Lynx), Jenna O’Hea (Los Angeles Sparks), Erin Phillips (Indiana Fever), Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury). 

USA vs. Australia at the World Championship: 9-0.

2012 Olympic finish: bronze medal (6-2).


Australia's All-Time FIBA World Championship Finishes

Year Record Medal/Finish

2010 7- 2 5th Place

2006 9- 0 Gold Medal

2002 7- 2 Bronze Medal

1998 8- 1 Bronze Medal

1994 4- 4 4th Place

1986 3- 4 9th Place

1990 3- 5 6th Place

1983 3- 4 11th Place

1975 4- 3 10th Place

1979 4- 3 4th Place

1971 5- 3 9th Place

1967 1- 5 10th Place

1957 2- 4 10th Place

Total 60-40 (.600)


USA vs. Australia in the FIBA World Championship

USA 9 wins, Australia 0 wins

W 83- 75 2010

W 71- 56 2002

W 100- 95 1994

W 88- 70 1994

W 76- 50 1986

W 74- 59 1979

W 65- 52 1975

W 60- 49 1971

W 42- 38 1967

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