menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset Share




Shop Now USA Basketball
2016 U.S. Olympic Women

Facts & Photos: 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

  • Date:
    Aug 7, 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: Aug. 7

Geno Auriemma became the first U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball head coach to lead more than one Olympic team, guiding the USA to gold in 2012 and 2016. He also was an assistant coach in 2000.

Geno Auriemma

In capturing a sixth-straight Olympic gold medal, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team scored more than 100 points a record six times in its eight wins and averaged 102.1 points per game.

Christ the Redeemer
Members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Team at Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi all won their fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.

Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird
From left to right: Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird after their final practice as USA Basketball teammates. (Catchings retired following 2016.)

In seven of the USA’s eight games Diana Taurasi led or shared as the team’s high-scorer and finished the tournament averaging a team-best 15.6 points per game, while also dishing out 3.3 assists per game and shooting a red-hot 57.9% from beyond the arc.

 Diana Taurasi

  Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles became three-time Olympic gold medalists, while Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen earned their second-straight Olympic gold medals.  

 Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore
Lindsay Whalen (left) and Maya Moore.

Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart made their Olympic debuts.

Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, Breanna Stewart
From left to right: Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart.

Even the competition realized how outstanding the 2016 team was – at least two of the USA’s opponents asked to pose for a group photo after the game.

2016 USA women with Japan 

Related Videos

The 2022 USA National Team spent a week in Washington, D.C., training ahead of the FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament, where the USA went 2-0 in games against Belgium and Puerto Rico.

Members of USA Basketball women's teams reflect on the influence Title IX has had on their lives.

Game action from the 2022 USA Basketball Women's World Cup Qualifying Team's games against Belgium and Puerto Rico.

Highlights from the 2022 USA Basketball Women's World Cup Qualifying Team's 93-55 victory over Puerto Rico.

Highlights from the 2022 USA Basketball Women's World Cup Qualifying Team's 84-75 victory over Belgium.

Related Content

Ahead of what promises to be a busy 2023, the word on Briana Weiss’ mind is joy.

  • Author:
    Chros McDougall, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Jan 17, 2023

Moore helped lead the U.S. to two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles.

  • Author:
    Shawn Smith, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Dec 19, 2022

Wilson helped the USA Women’s National Team to its fourth consecutive World Cup gold earlier this year.

The American women won their sixth FIBA World Cup in seven years earlier this year.

Brittney Griner has shown bravery and resolve over the last nearly 300 days. USA Basketball is relieved that she is on her way home and will happily reunite with her wife, family and friends.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login

Forgot Password?