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Facts & Photos: 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Jul 30, 2020

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were to be held July 24-Aug. 9, 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Summer Games to 2021. USA Basketball is celebrating the original dates of the 2020 Olympics with a look back at past U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s basketball teams through photos and fun facts. Be sure to check in daily for Olympic memories galore!

On this day in USA Basketball Olympic History: July 30

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. The squad continued to make history by capturing a fifth-straight Olympic gold.

 2012 U.S. Olympic Women

The team pushed the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball winning streak to 41 games, which began with the 1992 bronze medal game.

Maya Moore
From left to right: Asjha Jones, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen.

The USA featured three athletes playing in their third Olympic games – Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi, who all went on to become four-time Olympic gold medalists in 2016.

Diana Taurasi
From left to right: Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird.

  USA coach Geno Auriemma made his head coaching Olympic debut. He went on to become the USA’s first two-time Olympic head coach in 2016. He also served as a USA assistant coach for the gold medalist 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.

Geno Auriemma

Meeting rival Australia in the 2012 Olympic semifinals, the USA trailed 47-43 at halftime, marking their first halftime deficit in 12 years - since the third game of the 2000 Olympics. Outscoring Australia 22-12 in the third period, the U.S. went on to claim their closest victory of the tournament, 86-73, behind 14 points apiece from Tina Charles and Diana Taurasi.

Tina Charles
Tina Charles

  Both the USA and France entered the gold medal game with 7-0 records, but the USA cruised to an 86-50 win. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Candace Parker led the USA in the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Candace Parker

Playing in their second Olympics were Seimone Augustus, Swin Cash, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker and Lindsay Whalen; while playing in their first Olympics were Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Angel McCoughtry and Maya Moore.

2012 U.S. Olympic Women
From left to right: Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Asjha Jones and Angel McCoughtry.

Nine of the 12 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team returned to capture a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics, including Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen.

 2012 U.S. Olympic Women

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