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2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team Notes And Statistics

  • Date:
    Apr 27, 2016

  • USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year: Seimone Augustus (2003), Tina Charles (2009), Maya Moore (2014), Breanna Stewart (2013, 2011) and Diana Taurasi (2012, 2010, 2006).
  • Olympic gold medalists: Augustus (2012, 2008), Bird (2012, 2008, 2004), Catchings (2012, 2008, 2004), Charles (2012), Fowles (2012, 2008), McCoughtry (2012), Moore (2012), Taurasi (2012, 2008, 2004) and Whalen (2012).
  • FIBA World Championship gold medalists: Augustus (2014), Bird (2014, 2010, 2002), Catchings (2002, 2010), Charles (2010, 2014), Fowles (2010), Griner (2014), McCoughtry (2010, 2014), Moore (2010, 2014), Stewart (2014), Taurasi (2010, 2014) and Whalen (2010, 2014).
  • FIBA World Championship bronze medalists: Augustus (2006), Bird (2006), Catchings (2006) and Taurasi (2006).
  • FIBA Americas Championship gold medalists: Augustus (2007), Bird (2007) and Taurasi (2007).
  • Olympic, FIBA World Championship, WNBA and NCAA champions: Bird, Catchings, Moore and Taurasi.
  • Six played for a USA Basketball team before college: Catchings (1996), Charles (2005), Fowles (2003), Moore (2006), Stewart (2009) and Taurasi (2000).
  • Record-setting streak: With five-straight gold medals, the U.S. owns the longest Olympic gold medal streak ever recorded for a women’s traditional team sport. Canada (ice hockey) and Russia (synchronized swimming) have each strung together four consecutive gold medals. The only other nations’ teams to surpass five in a row are India (men’s field hockey) with six and the USA (men’s basketball) with seven.
  • The USA owns an overall 58-3 record in Olympic competition and is riding a 41-game winning streak that dates back to the 1992 bronze medal game.
  • Brazil Returnees: Two of the athletes, McCoughtry and Whalen, began their USA Basketball careers by winning gold in Brazil, while a third, Catchings, earned her first gold medal in Brazil. McCoughtry was on the 2007 U.S. Pan American Games Team that captured gold in Rio de Janeiro; Whalen was a member of the 2002 USA Basketball U20 National Team that earned gold at the FIBA Americas U20 Championship in Ribeirao Preto; and Catchings was on the USA’s first FIBA U19 World Championship gold medal winning team, played in 1997 in Natal.
  • Seven WNBA teams are represented, led by the Minnesota Lynx with four; followed by the Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm with two apiece; and the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Indiana Fever and New York Liberty with one apiece.
  • Seven colleges are represented, led by University of Connecticut with five; followed by Louisiana State University with two; and Baylor University, University of Delaware, University of Louisville, University of Minnesota and the University of Tennessee with one each.

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