Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Results and Stats from Day 2 in Ankara - Jun 26, 2012
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Turkey - Japan 65-49 Turkey overcame Japan in Day 2 of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The European team grabbed 65:49 victory and won Group A with 2-0 record. Turkey started better and reached 16:8 at the end of the first period. The hosts did not even think of slowing down and added 20-15 in the second period for 13-point advantage at the halftime. Both teams managed to nail 16 points in the third frame as the board showed 52:39 for the Turkish team after three quarters. They added another 13-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Yilmaz top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Esmeral Tuncluer (176-G-80) netted 15. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) delivered 10, while Birsel Vardarli (174-G-84) scored 8. Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) notched 17 and TAKADA added 11 in defeat.
New Zealand - Argentina 51-54 Argentina celebrated crucial win over New Zealand in the Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. They held off New Zealand to improve at 1-0 record in Group B. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) came up with 16 points and 6 boards to lead the Latin American team. The Tall Ferns fell at 0-2 record after the loss. New Zealand had their backs against the wall after the starting loss to Czech Republic. They started the game aggressively and built a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. Argentina recovered in the second quarter. They held New Zealand to 12 points to build a 32:28 halftime lead. Argentina stayed solid defensively in the third term. They stretched the margin to 6 points with one quarter remaining 43:37. New Zealand got within striking distance late in regulation but Argentina survived the threat and sealed the victory at the end. Debora Gonzalez accounted for 10 points, while Paula Reggiardo (178-F-84, agency: Players Group) added 9 points for the winners. Natalie Taylor (182-F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) responded with 19 points for New Zealand. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) had 12 points in the loss.
Mozambique - South Korea 65-71 South Korea recorded the first win at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara. They defeated Mozambique in Group C tonight. Sin Jung Ja came up with 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Mozambique suffered the second straight loss at the tournament. The teams stayed close throughout the starting quarter. The scoreboard read 19:19 after ten minutes. Mozambique pulled in front in the second quarter. The African team established a 37:35 halftime advantage. South Korea however turned things around in the third period. They held Mozambique to 13 points to take a narrow 52:50 lead at the final intermission. South Korea kept the pressure growing in the final quarter. They cleared off and sealed a tough crucial win at the end. Beon Yeon-Ha posted 15 points, while Kim Jung-Eun (180-F-87) added 12 points for the winners. Leia Dongue answered with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Mozambique. Clarisse Machanguana had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.
Canada - France 47-56 France opened their Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Day 2. The French side overcame Canada 56:47 and grabbed 1-0 record. Canada meanwhile finished the group stage with 1-1 record. France opened the game with 21:11 and never looked behind after. The European team added 14-13 in the second period and enjoyed a 35:24 halftime advantage. Moreover France needed 13-12 in the third quarter to take 12-point lead entering the last stanza. Canada meanwhile won the fourth period 11-8 and reduced to the final 56:47 score. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) paced all the winners with 15 points and Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) nailed 12. BEIKES scored 6, while Gomis and Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) added 5 each. THORBURN and TATHAM replied with 7 points each in the losing effort.
South Carolina's Dawn Staley to be named head coach of U.S. women's Olympic team - 15 days ago
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After winning three gold medals as a player and working as an assistant coach on teams that have collected two more, Dawn Staley will have the chance to lead the United States women's basketball squad at the Olympics. USA Basketball has called a news conference for Friday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium, and sources indicate that Staley, head coach at South Carolina, will be named women's national team head coach for the next Olympic cycle leading up to the 2020 games in Tokyo. Accord... [read more]
After winning three gold medals as a player and working as an assistant coach on teams that have collected two more, Dawn Staley will have the chance to lead the United States women's basketball squad at the Olympics. USA Basketball has called a news conference for Friday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium, and sources indicate that Staley, head coach at South Carolina, will be named women's national team head coach for the next Olympic cycle leading up to the 2020 games in Tokyo. According to USA Basketball, the news conference will be to announce the head coach who will lead the U.S. women's national team in the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, if necessary the 2019 Olympic qualifying tournament, and the 2020 Olympics. The United States is the juggernaut of Olympic women's basketball, winning its sixth consecutive gold medal last year in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. women have won 49 straight games in Olympic play, and are 66-3 since beginning play in 1976. Staley will succeed Geno Auriemma, the head coach at Connecticut, who has overseen the U.S. women's teams for the past two Olympic games. Staley was an assistant to Auriemma at last year's games, the second time she has worked in that role. She was also an assistant to Anne Donovan on the gold-winning team at Beijing in 2008. Staley has long been a mainstay for USA Basketball. She played on U.S. Olympic teams that won gold in 1996, 2000 and 2004, and the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies at her final games in Sydney. As a head coach, Staley has led U.S. women's teams to gold medals three times: at the 2007 Pan-American Games, the 2014 under-18 FIBA Americas Championship, and most recently the 2015 under-19 FIBA World Championships in Russia. At USC, Staley has led the Gamecocks to unprecedented heights in women's basketball, and enjoyed a run of success second in SEC history only to the glory days of Tennessee under former head coach Pat Summitt. South Carolina this season won its fourth straight SEC regular-season title, and third straight SEC Tournament crown. In 2015, Staley led USC to the women's Final Four for the first time in program history. The Gamecocks (27-4), ranked No. 4 in this week's AP poll, are expected to be a No. 1 regional seed for the fourth straight year when the NCAA Tournament field is unveiled Monday. Courtesy of: postandcourier.com
Rio 2016: USA fire past Spain to clinch sixth straight title - 7 months ago
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USA - Spain 101:72 Team USA earned the sixth straight Olympic Gold. They rallied past Spain in the championship game tonight. Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Team USA grabbed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The North American side unloaded 28 points in the second term to gain a 17-point halftime advantage. They stretch... [read more]
USA - Spain 101:72
Team USA earned the sixth straight Olympic Gold. They rallied past Spain in the championship game tonight. Lindsay Whalen (175-PG-82, college: Minnesota) and Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut) scored 17 points each for the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Team USA grabbed a 21:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The North American side unloaded 28 points in the second term to gain a 17-point halftime advantage. They stretched the margin in the third term. Team USA reeled off to a massive 32-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Spain sank 23 points in the fourth term to cut the deficit at the end. Maya Moore (183-SG-89, college: Connecticut) provided 14 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the victory. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) responded with 18 points for Spain. Marta Xargay Casademont (181-PG-90) chipped in 12 points in the losing effort.
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