Czech Republic - Turkey 57-61 Turkey had another joyful day in London. After 72-50 win against Angola on Saturday, Turkey grabbed 61-57 victory against Czech Republic on Monday for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. Czech Republic dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Bahar Caglar (186-F-88) had 11 points and 7 boards, while Tugba Palazoglu (171-G-80) also scored 11 pts in this meeting. Czech Republic got 19 points and 5 rebounds from Jana Vesela (194-PF-83). Eva Viteckova (6 rebs) and Katerina Elhotova stopped to 11 and 8 points respectively. Turkey had impressive first half making 12-point lead. They had plus 13 early in the third quarter which the Czechs whittled down to 49-45. But Caglar's jumper and consecutive 3-pointers by Saziye Ivegin restored a double-digit advantage with just over 4 minutes left. The Czechs tried to rally again, but could only get within four the rest of the way. Turkey will meet powerful USA on Wednesday. Czech Republic will play against also winless Croatia.
Croatia - China 58-83 Chen Nan (195-C-83) drained 28 points and Miao LiJie (178-F-81) followed her with 17 to lead China to a 83-58 victory over Croatia on Monday morning. Chen and Miao played major roles in 2008 to help China finish fourth at the Beijing Games and are major reasons why China has opened this competition with victories in its first two games. Chin made 28-21 at the beginning of the second quarter and reached its first double digit lead with 29 seconds remaining in the first half. Andja Jelavic (172-G-80) made a basket for Croatia setting the score to 31-39 at the HT. China opened Q3 with 12-5 run and later jumped to 21-point lead. Croatia was not able to reply for rest of the way and China registered it second straight win in London. China beat the Czech Republic 66-57 in its opener. At the other side, Croatia faced with second loss in Group A (0-2). Miao and Chen scored 24 of the team's 39 points in the first half. Chen grabbed 10 rebounds in this meeting, while Miao had 10 assists and 5 boards. Song Gao helped her country with 13 points, 7 rebs and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) collected 22 points and 5 rebounds. Andja Jelavic had 11 points and 5 rebs for Croatia, who is playing in its first Olympics. On Wednesday, China will meet Angola, while Croatia will play against Czech Republic.
Angola - USA 38-90 The U.S. women say they don't care about the final score. They just want to have least one more point than their opponent at the end of games in the women's Olympic basketball tournament. That sounds like the right thing to say after Candace Parker (193-C-86, college: Tennessee) had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Americans to a 90-38 rout of Angola on Monday night. But the Americans aren't just being politically correct. They know they are still a work in progress, having only been together training for two weeks, and are going to play some tough games during the tournament. The game against Angola was expected to be an easy romp - and it was - with the U.S. overwhelming the Olympic newcomer. The Americans (2-0) have won their last 35 straight games in the Olympics and four consecutive gold medals while Angola is looking for its first victory. The team lost its opener to Turkey by 22 points meaning African nations have only won one of their 25 games in the Olympics since Congo - formerly known as Zaire - first qualified in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Nigeria owns the only victory, beating Korea by four points in 2004. The Americans had played African teams twice and routed them both. The U.S. beat Zaire by 60 points in 1996 and then Mali by 56 at the Beijing Games in 2008. Angola (0-2) did fare a little better than its continental neighbors. The team stayed close to the Americans for the first quarter, only trailing by 10 at the end of the period. Then the U.S. put the game away outscoring the African country 19-6 in the second period. Parker hit two nifty reverse lay-ins in the quarter. The Americans continued the rout in the second half, extending the advantage to as many as XX points. The strong crowd which had witnessed some very competitive games all day, emptied out early in the final period knowing the outcome wasn't in doubt. Coach Geno Auriemma rested center Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU), who has a sore left foot. It didn't matter as the 6-foot-4 Parker looked confident on the floor, demanding the ball in the post and running the floor for easy layups. The game was a contrast for the U.S. from its opener when the Americans struggled on offense for the first three quarters before pulling away from Croatia. Despite the lopsided final score, Auriemma has been impressed in the growth he's seen in Angola and other African countries. "Angola's one of those countries you hope, because of what's happened with the U.S. and some other places in women's basketball, that other African countries pick up and say that could be us," Auriemma said. "Hopefully that's a country that becomes accustomed to playing in the Olympics. Hopefully they devote more energy and resources and they can come back to the Olympics on a regular basis." Next up for the U.S. is Turkey, which improved to 2-0 in pool play with a 61-57 victory over the Czech Republic. The Americans also will face China and the Czech Republic. The U.S. beat the Czechs in the finals of the 2010 world championship to qualify for the London Games. *Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com
Russia - Brazil 69-59 Second win for Russia at 2012 Olympic Games in London. This time Russia was better than Brazil 69-59 for 2-0 record in Group B. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86) scored 14 points in victory, Irina Osipova (196-C-81) had 13 and Marina Kuzina helped with 11 points. In Brazil, Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined with double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds. Patricia Ferreira (182-SF-79) and Karla da Costa scored 12 and 11 points respectively. Their team dropped to 0-2. Russia led most of the way but Brazil rallied and cut the deficit to two points twice in the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer by Karla Costa cut Russia's lead to 51-49 with six minutes remaining, but Alena Danilochkina answered for Russia with two free throws. Damiris Dantas then nailed another 3-pointer, before Belyakova hit another of her own and Brazil never got any closer than five points for rest of the game. In the next game, Russia will plat against the host - UK. Brazil will meet Australia hoping to get the first victory in London.
United Kingdom - Canada 65-73 Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) poured in a game-high 18 points to lead Canada past Great Britain, 73-65, in the women's basketball tournament. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) and Kim Smith donated 11 points apiece for the Canadians, who lost to Russia in their opening game on Saturday. Natalie Stafford (175-SG-76) and Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) each tallied 15 points for Great Britain, which has dropped its first two games in front of its home crowd after losing to Australia on Saturday. Trailing 55-53 after three quarters, Great Britain opened the fourth with an 8-2 surge to take a 61-57 advantage. The Canadians responded with a run of their own however, scoring the next nine points to build a 66-61 edge they would not relinquish as Thorburn buried 3- of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Canada will face France on Wednesday, while Great Britain looks for its first win of the tournament against Russia on Wednesday. *Courtesy of www.sportsnetwork.com
France - Australia 74-70 OT Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) couldn't be stopped and France stunned Australia in overtime Monday in Olympic women's basketball. The French guard scored all 22 of her points in the second half and France knocked off Australia 74-70 in OT. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) added 11 points for France (2-0) in the win of the second-ranked team in the world. It was Australia's first loss in the Olympics to a team other than the U.S. since 1996 and was one of the biggest victories in France's women's basketball history. The French didn't make it easy on themselves, failing to put the game away in the final minute of regulation. Australia (1-1) capitalized on France's miscues. France's Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) had a chance to seal the victory in regulation, but missed the second of two free throws. Trailing 65-62 with 3 seconds left, Australia's Belinda Snell (181-SF-81) got the rebound and banked in a 3-pointer from just past halfcourt to send the game to overtime and whip the crowd into a frenzy. The Aussies, however, had to play the extra session without stars Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) both had fouled out. France has been on the rise as a women's basketball power lately. The French won the European Championship in 2009 and qualified for the Olympics for only the third time. Now they can add a victory over the three-time defending Olympic silver medalists to their growing resume. The two teams met in an exhibition game just before the Olympic competition began and France came away with a six-point victory. Jackson and Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) didn't play in that contest, but having them back didn't make a difference in the outcome on Monday. Batkovic led Australia with 17 points and Jackson added 13 before fouling out. Trailing 61-59 with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter, Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) hit a 3-pointer. Gruda extended the lead to three with a lay-in with 47 seconds left. France just couldn't put Australia away. After Snell missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it, Gomis missed a wide-open layup on the other end. Snell was fouled on the ensuing rebound. She made the first free throw before missing the second on purpose. France corralled the rebound, but then Yacoubou missed free throw set up Snell's thrilling shot. Australia was hoping this would be its chance to get that elusive gold medal. The team spent the last three months training together as Jackson missed the first part of the WNBA season to work with her teammates. Australia may be hard-pressed to get over the top this time without Penny Taylor, who is missing the Olympics after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in early April. France turned a 28-27 halftime lead into a 13-point advantage behind Gomis. She took over scoring 16 points during a 21-7 run that gave France a 52-39 lead with 3:37 left in the third quarter. Australia rallied scoring the final 12 points of the period behind Jenna O'Hea and Jackson to cut its deficit to one heading into the fourth quarter. France built its lead to five early in the fourth before Australia took a 59-58 lead on Samantha Richards' jumper with 4:11 left. After Gomis hit a free throw to tie it, Jackson had a basket with 2:48 left. Jackson helped Australia get out to a quick 18-11 lead before France started to rally behind Edwige Lawson-Wade. She had six straight points during a 10-0 run that gave France it's first lead of the game at 21-20 with 4:20 left in the first half. The teams traded baskets the rest of the half and French held a 28-27 advantage at the break. Courtesy of The Associated Press (via www.timesrecordnews.com)
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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