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2020 Olympic Women’s Basketball Field: Team-by-Team Summaries

  • Date:
    Feb 1, 2021

FIBA World Ranking (as of 2/1/21)
1. USA
2. Australia
3. Spain
4. Canada
5. France
6. Belgium
8. Serbia
9. China
10. Japan
14. Nigeria
19. South Korea
22. Puerto Rico

 

AUSTRALIA
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 2 in the world / No. 1 in FIBA Asia

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 7-0 all-time against Australia at the Olympics and 34-4 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: Australia finished third at the 2019 FIBA Asia Cup; first at the 2019 FIBA Asia Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament; and first in its group at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bourges, France.

Olympic Finishes: The 2018 FIBA World Cup silver medalist has captured three silver medals (2000, 2004 and 2008) and two bronze medals (1996 and 2012) in eight Olympic appearances since 1984 when the nation finished tied for fifth place (out of six teams). Australia also finished fourth in 1988 and fifth in 2016.

Players of Note: Bec Allen, Liz Cambage, Cayla George, Ezi Magbegor, Leilani Mitchell, Jenna O’Hea, Samantha Whitcomb

BELGIUM
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 6 in the world / No. 3 in FIBA Europe

Olympic Record vs. USA: This summer will mark Belgium’s first Olympic berth. The Belgium National Team competed in its first FIBA World Cup in 2018 and finished fourth. Across all major international competitions, including junior teams and excluding exhibition games and invitationals, the USA owns a 4-0 all-time record over Belgium’s women’s teams.

Road to Tokyo: Belgium advanced from the 2019 FIBA Europe Championship by virtue of defeating Hungary 72-56 in a classification game, after falling to France 84-80 in the quarterfinals, and finished in second place in the Ostend, Belgium, pool of the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Olympic Finishes: First Olympic appearance.

Players of Note: Julie Allemand, Emma Meeseman, Kim Mestdagh

CANADA
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 4 in the world / No. 2 in FIBA Americas

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 4-0 all-time against Canada at the Olympics and 64-5 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: After finishing second behind the USA at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup, Canada went 3-0 at the 2019 pre-Olympic qualifier and swept its games at the 2020 qualifier in Ostend, Belgium.

Olympic Finishes: Canada, which has competed in six Olympiads, finished as high as in fourth place in 1984. Canada in a 12-team field finished seventh in 2016, eighth in 2012, 10th in 2000 and 11th in 1996. At the 1976 Olympics, Canada was sixth out of six teams.

Players of Note: Natalie Achunwa, Kayla Alexander, Kia Nurse, Nayo Raincock-EkunweKia

CHINA
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 9 in the world / No. 2 in FIBA Asia

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 7-0 all-time against China at the Olympics and 36-1 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: After finishing second at the 2019 FIBA Asia Championship, China finished atop the 2019 FIBA Asia Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament and swept the field in its group at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, to claim its Olympic berth.

Olympic Finishes: China’s best Olympic finish came in 1992 when the nation claimed silver. China also has one bronze medal from the 1984 Olympics. In all, China has competed in eight of the 11 women’s basketball Olympic competitions, and, in addition to its two medals, finished in fourth place as hosts in 2008, twice finished sixth (1988 and 2012) and ninth (1996, 2004) and in 2016 China was 10th.

Players of Note: Xu Han, Sijing Huang, Yuan Li

FRANCE
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 5 in the world / No. 2 in FIBA Europe

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 2-0 all-time against France at the Olympics and 27-2 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: France finished with the silver medal at the 2019 FIBA European Championship, and then earned a 3-0 record at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifier in Bourges to earn its Olympic berth.

Olympic Finishes: France’s top Olympic finish in its three appearances was a silver-medal performance at the 2012 Olympics in London. The nation also finished fourth in 2016 and fifth in its first Olympic Games in 2000.

Players of Note: Sandrine Gruda, Bria Hartley, Olivia Epoupa, Endene Miyem, Iliana Rupert

JAPAN
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 10 in the world / No. 3 in FIBA Asia

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 2-1 all-time against Japan at the Olympics and 18-2 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: While Japan earned its Olympic berth as the host nation, its team took advantage of the FIBA Olympic qualifying process and would have qualified regardless of its host status. Japan earned the gold medal at the 2019 FIBA Asia Cup, swept its competition at the 2019 FIBA Asia Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament and finished in third place at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ostend, Belgium.

Top Olympic Finishes: Japan, which placed fifth in the first women’s Olympic basketball tournament in 1976, finished seventh in 1996, eighth in 2016 and 10th in 2004.

Players of Note: Saki Hayashi, Rui Machida, Yuki Miyazawa, Nako Motohashi, Ramu Tokashiki

NIGERIA
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 14 in the world / No. 1 in FIBA Africa

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA has never faced Nigeria at the Olympics, but is 3-0 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: Nigeria claimed gold at the 2019 FIBA Africa Championship, won its two games at the Africa pre-Olympic qualifier and finished in third place at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia, to clinch its Olympic berth. Nigeria closed out the 2020 tournament with a 76-71 loss to the USA in a game that went down to the final minutes [link to recap].

Olympic Finishes: 2020 will mark Nigeria’s second Olympic entry. The nation previously finished in 11th place in 2004. However, it’s important to note that Nigeria, a team on the rise, at the 2018 FIBA World Cup became the first African nation to advance to the medal round at a top FIBA women’s event and finished in eighth place.

Players of Note: Evelyn Akhator, Aisha Balarabe, Ify Ibekwe, Ezinne Kalu, Victoria Macaulay

PUERTO RICO
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 22 in the world / No. 4 in FIBA Americas

Olympic Record vs. USA: This summer marks Puerto Rico’s first Olympic berth. The USA owns a 21-1 all-time record over Puerto Rico in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: Puerto Rico claimed fourth place at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup, finished second at the 2019 FIBA Americas Pre-Olympic Qualifier in Edmonton, Canada, and took third place in its group at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bourges, France.

Olympic Finishes: This summer marks Puerto Rico’s first Olympic Games.

Players of Note: Jazmon Gwathmey, Jennifer O’Neill, Pamela Rosado, Dayshal Salaman

SERBIA
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 8 in the world / No. 5 in FIBA Europe

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 1-0 all-time against Serbia at the Olympics and 4-0 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: Serbia advanced to the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which it hosted in Belgrade, by virtue of a bronze-medal finish at the 2019 FIBA Europe Championship and earned its Olympic berth with a 2-1, second-place record in Belgrade.

Olympic Finishes: Serbia’s one and only Olympic appearance came in 2016, and the nation made quite a statement by claiming the bronze medal on the world’s biggest stage.

Players of Note: Jelena Brooks (neé Milovanovic), Ana Dabovic, Sonja Vasic (neé Petrovic)

SOUTH KOREA
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 19 in the world / No. 4 in FIBA Asia

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 7-0 all-time against South Korea at the Olympics and 21-6 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: Finishing in fourth place at the 2019 FIBA Asia Championship to advance to the 2019 FIBA Asia Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament, South Korea was second at the 2019 FIBA Asia Pre-Olympic Qualifier and took third place in its group in Belgrade, Serbia, to clinch its ticket to Tokyo.

Top Olympic Finishes: In six Olympic berths, South Korea won a silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984 and advanced to the bronze medal game, finishing fourth, in 2000. The South Koreans also finished in seventh place in 1988, eighth in 2008, 10th in 1996 and 12th in 2004.

Players of Note: Hyeyoon Bae, Leeseul Kang, Jung Eun Kim, Yun Ah Youm

SPAIN
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 3 in the world / No. 1 in FIBA Europe

Olympic Record vs. USA: The USA is 5-0 all-time against Spain at the Olympics and 24-3 all-time in major international events, including at the junior level and excluding exhibitions and invitationals.

Road to Tokyo: Spain captured gold at the 2019 FIBA European Championship and finished second at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.

Olympic Finishes: The reigning Olympic silver medalists, Spain has twice finished Olympic competition in fifth place, 1992 and 2008, and once in sixth place, 2004.

Players of Note: Anna Cruz, Astou Ndour, Laura Nicholls, Laia Palau, Alba Torrens, Marta Xargay

USA
World/FIBA Zone Ranking: No. 1 in the world / No. 1 in FIBA Americas

Overall Olympic Record: 66-3

Road to Tokyo: The USA captured the gold medal at the 2018 FIBA World Cup, which qualified the nation for the 2020 Olympic Games. Regardless, the USA would have earned a berth through the FIBA qualifying system after earning gold with a 6-0 mark at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup in Puerto Rico, going 3-0 for first place at the 2019 FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament and claiming first with a 3-0 record at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia.

Top Olympic Finishes: The USA has claimed eight gold medals (1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016), one silver medal (1976) and one bronze medal (1992) in Olympic competition.

Players of Note: The USA National Team’s athlete pool currently lists 36 members and includes four-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi; three-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles; two-time Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles and Angel McCoughtry; and 2016 Olympic gold medalists Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart. All of the Olympians in the pool also have claimed at least one gold medal at a FIBA World Cup, as have Layshia Clarendon, Jewell Loyd, Nneka Ogwumike, Kelsey Plum, Odyssey Sims, Morgan Tuck and A’ja Wilson.

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Note on the Olympic qualifying process: The USA (2018 World Cup gold medalists) and Japan (host country) earned automatic berths to the 2020 Olympic Games. Both nations took advantage of FIBA’s new qualifying process by competing in the qualifying tournaments. The top X finishing teams at the 2019 FIBA European Championship advanced directly to the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Countries from the remaining FIBA zones (Africa, Americas, Asia-Oceania) advanced through to the 2020 tournament via zone cups, through zone pre-Olympic qualifying tournaments and then to the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which was split into four groups of four teams each.

Note on the eight teams at the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Serbia: Due to the pandemic, one group of teams was moved from China to Serbia. Thus, two groups of four teams each competed at the same venue. The original Serbia group included Nigeria, Mozambique, Serbia and the USA. The original China group featured China, Great Britain, South Korea and Spain.

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