USA - Turkey 89-58 Angel McCoughtry (185-SF-86, college: Louisville) (6'1''-SF-86, college: Louisville) and the U.S. Olympic women's team's depth wore down Turkey. McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 16 to help the Americans beat the Turkey 89-58 Wednesday night. Turkey entered the game undefeated and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics so far. The Turks had looked impressive in their first Olympic appearance and said they weren't intimidated by the top-ranked team in the world despite the U.S. winning its first two games by an average of 38.5 points. The Turks stayed close for a while. They had an early one-point lead in the first quarter before McCoughtry helped the Americans build a 15-point advantage by the half. Turkey didn't waiver, coming within 50-45 in the third quarter before McCoughtry and the reserves put the game away. Her three-point play started a 13-2 run. On the Americans' next possession she missed a 3-pointer, but hustled for the offensive rebound and found Maya Moore for an easy lay-in. Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) then took over, scoring six of the final eight points during the burst to make it 63-47 after three quarters much to the delight of LeBron James, who was in attendance along with some of the other men's Olympic team. The Turks could get no closer in the fourth quarter. Former VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth (6'5''-C-88, college: VCU) led Turkey (2-1) with 11 points. She was born in American, but became a naturalized to play for Turkey in May. Birsel Vardarli (5'9''-G-84) also had 11 points for the Turks. Coach Geno Auriemma has said the U.S.' depth would be key to its success. The Americans played without center Sylvia Fowles for the second straight game because she was resting a sore left foot. She also sat out the team's 52-point win over Angola on Monday night. The Turks have played well in their first Olympics with wins over Angola and the Czech Republic. They had hung with the Americans for three quarters of an exhibition game in Istanbul last month before the U.S. pulled away to a 19-point victory. They had a tougher time on Wednesday against the U.S., which now has won its last 36 games in the Olympics and is attempting to win a fifth consecutive gold medal. Next up for the U.S. on Friday is the Czech Republic, which beat Croatia 89-70 for its first win. After playing, practicing or traveling for the last 18 days the Americans will take Thursday off. The Americans close out pool play Sunday against China, which is also 3-0 after routing Angola 76-52. China has already clinched a spot in the quarterfinal. Also Wednesday, France edged Canada 64-60 to advance to the next round. Russia remained unbeaten with a 67-61 win over Britain. The Russians also advanced to the quarterfinals. Australia rebounded from its first loss to a non-American team in the Olympics since 1996 with a 67-61 victory over Brazil. *Courtesy of ESPN
Croatia - Czech Republic 70-89 Both teams were winless after two days of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Czech Republic exploded in the last ten minutes of the game against Croatia to register 89-70 victory for 1-2 score in Group A. Czech Republic is now step closer to the Quarterfinals, while Croatia fell to 0-3. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) top-scored in victory with 20 points, Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 19 and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 18 pts. Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) helped with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, but Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) was the MVP of this game with valuation 26 (11 pts, 10 rebs, 6 as). In Croatia, Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) (6 rebs) and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) (5 rebs) posted 20 and 15 points respectively. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) stopped to 9 pts and 5 boards. Croatia made 10-0 run at the beginning of the game, but Czech Republic rallied to take a 45-39 halftime lead en route to their first win of the London Games. Croatia responded after the breather and managed to take 60-56 lead late in the third quarter. Hana Horakova answered for the Czech Republic with a triple that tied the game to 60-60 at the beginning of Q4. Burgrova connected two baskets after that and later Czech Republic completed crucial 17-4 run. They were up by 19 in the finish. Czech Republic will take on powerful USA on Friday. Croatia will meet also winless Angola.
China - Angola 76-52 China is the first team who officially booked a ticket for the Quarterfinals at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They defeated Angola today for 3-0 record in Group A. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) led the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Nan (195-C-83) also scored 15 points, while Gao Song (190-PF-92) added 8 points and 9 boards. Sonia Guadalupe (188-PF-85) delivered 12 points for Angola, who dropped to 0-3. Luisa Tomas (192-C-83) (9 rebs) and Felizarda Jorge (172-SG-85) posted 11 and 10 points respectively. China led by two at the half and scored 22 of the first 26 points in the third quarter to blow the game open. Ma scored five straight with a three-point play and layup that made it 48-33 with 3:58 left in the period. China cruised the rest of the way. Angola hung tough with China in an exciting first half that saw 11 lead changes. Quarters: 15-13, 18-18, 24-6, 19-15. On Friday, China will play against also undefeated USA and winner will most likely end as No.1 in Group A. Angola will meet Croatia.
Australia - Brazil 67-61 Australia celebrated its second win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. They outsmarted Brazil 67-61 improving to 2-1 record in Group B. After this victory Australia is very close to reach the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Brazil dropped to 0-3 and they are in very difficult situation now. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) scored 18 points for the winners and pulled down 8 rebounds. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) had double-double of 17 points and 10 boards, while Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) added 11 pts and 6 boards. Brazil got 22 points from Karla da Costa (173-SG-78) and 11 from Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) followed them with 10 points and 6 rebs. Shocked by France in overtime in their last match, the Opals came out firing and took total control with a 12-2 run through the first and second quarters to open up a nine-point break. With Cambage and Jackson staying out of the early foul trouble which has plagued them in London, Australia controlled the boards to open up a 13-point halftime lead and hold Brazil to just 18 first-half points. Cambage did much of the grunt-work at both ends with her giant presence under the basket at both ends, and also chipped in important points. Jackson stepped up in a see-sawing third quarter, moving past Leslie's previous mark of 488 Games points with a free throw late in the term as the Opals restored their lead to 11 by the break. But the Brazilians would not go away, and clambered back to within four points with 16 seconds left. Fittingly, Jackson made the match safe with two clutch free throws and an important rebound which allowed Australia to soak up the remaining time. Australia will play against Russia on Friday. Brazil's rival will be Canada.
United Kingdom - Russia 61-67 Russia advanced to the Quarterfinals of 2012 Olympic Games. They celebrated 67-61 victory against the home team and jumped to 3-0 in Group B, what is already enough for the next stage. UK faced with third straight loss in London. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86) top-scored in Russia with 12 points (6 rebounds) and Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) had two points less. Olga Arteshina (188-PF-82) and Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) (6 as) netted 9 and 8 points respectively. Natalie Stafford (175-SG-76) answered with 18 points for the hosts and Johannah Leedham (180-SF-87, college: Franklin Pierce) had 14. Britain went on a 12-2 run to open the game, but Russia took the lead on the last shot of the opening quarter at 16-14 and never trailed again. Russia's Ilona Korstin scored five straight points late in the game to hold off Britain, which closed the gap to three (61-58) with 56 seconds to play after its captain Johannah Leedham made one of two free throws. But Korstin hit three of four free throws and nailed a jumper in between to secure Russia's unexpectedly close win over the Olympic newcomer. Russia will play against Australia in two days, while UK will take on France.
Canada - France 60-64 France registered third straight win at 2012 Olympic Games in London. This time France was better than Canada 64-60 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. France already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. At the other side, Canada dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) were the leading players in victory with 16 and 14 points respectively. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) (7 rebs) and Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) (5 rebs) helped with 10 points each. In defeat, Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) answered with 17 points, and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) had 14 pts, plus 8 rebs. Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) was third scorer in Canada with 8 points. Yacoubou's consecutive lay-ins to start the final period gave the French a 46-40 advantage. Canada was able to cut it to 62-60 after Natalia Anchonwas three-point play with 9.5 seconds left. Celine Dumerc sealed the win with two free throws less than a second later. Quarters: 13-12, 15-13, 14-15, 22-20. On Friday, France will play against the host UK. Canada will meet Brazil in maybe the crucial game.
South Carolina's Dawn Staley to be named head coach of U.S. women's Olympic team - 16 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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