Australia - China 75-60 Australia handed 75-60 loss to China and advanced to the Semifinals of 2012 Olympic Games in London. There, Australia will meet defending champion USA. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81), who finished with 12 points, hit a jumper with 3:46 remaining in the game that gave her 536 points - one more than former Brazil star Janeth Arcain. The four-time Olympian's record-breaking basket gave Australia a comfortable 13-point lead. Cambage Elizabeth (203-C-91) scored 17 points for the Australians and Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) added 10 points, plus 9 rebounds. Australia and the United States have met in three straight Olympic finals, with the Americans winning the gold each time. Australia failed to win its group and will now have to play the favored Americans one round earlier. The teams met in the semifinals at the 1996 Atlanta Games, where the U.S. won the first its four consecutive gold medals. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) led China with 15 points. Miao LiJie (178-F-81) scored 13 points and Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 22-16, 13-20, 20-16, 20-8. Semifinals are scheduled for Thursday.
USA - Canada 91-48 USA advanced to the Semifinals of 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Americans turned up the defensive pressure to beat Canada with huge 91-48. Diana Taurasi (183-SG-82, college: Connecticut) led the winners with 15 points and Candace Parker (193-C-86, college: Tennessee) added 12 points, plus 7 rebounds. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) also scored 12 points in this meeting. At the other side, Kimberley Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Chelsea Aubry (188-F-84, college: Nebraska) was their second scorer with 10 pts and Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) stopped to 6. USA took control on its rival from he beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 19-8, 23-13, 26-10, 23-17. The Americans held Canada to the fewest points the U.S. has given up in an Olympic quarterfinals since beating Slovakia 58-43 in 2000. The U.S. hasn't lost to Canada since playing in the 1975 world championship tournament. Also, the victory was the 39th straight for the Americans in Olympic play and came 20 years to the day after the win that started the streak - a 88-74 victory over Cuba for the bronze medal in the 1992 Barcelona Games. Semifinals are scheduled for Thursday.
Turkey - Russia 63-66 Russia eliminated Turkey today in the Olympic Games Quarterfinals. This is the third straight Olympics Semis for Russia. The Russians have had to settle for the bronze medal in 2004 and 2008 - falling to the U.S. each time. After finishing third in their pool, the Russians avoided a potential matchup with the Americans until the gold medal game - if both teams advance. Becky Hammon (175-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) stepped up for Russia with 19 points and 5 assists. Anna Petrakova (189-PF-84) (7 rebs), Eugeniya Belyakova (182-SF-86) (5 rebs) and Natalia Vieru helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) was better than the others with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Birsel Vardarli (6 as) and Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) netted 12 points each. With the game tied at 62, Becky Hammon got the ball and drove down the lane, scoring with 13 seconds left and drawing the foul. Hammon missed the free throw and Quanitra Hollingsworth got the rebound. Hollingsworth, who became a naturalized Turkish citizen in May, was fouled and made one of two free throws to make it a 1-point game. The Russians couldn't put the game away, hitting only two of its four free throws in the final 12 seconds giving Turkey one last chance, but Birsel Vardarli's 3-pointer from the wing bounced off the rim. Quarters: 16-23, 12-11, 23-17, 12-15. Russia will meet France or Czech Republic in the Semifinals. Both Semifinals games will be played on Thursday. The other pair is USA - Australia.
France - Czech Republic 71-68 Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) scored 23 points and Endene Miyem scored four points down the stretch to send France to the semifinals of the women's Olympic basketball tournament with a 71-68 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday. Dumerc hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 65 seconds left to make it 67-65, Miyem grabbed an offensive rebound and scored inside to make it 69-65 with 29 seconds remaining, then sank two free throws to seal the win. France reached its first Olympic women's semifinal after overcoming a 13-point deficit. The French have continued to find ways to win and are 6-0 in the tournament. They beat Australia and Britain in overtime and they topped Canada by just four points in pool play. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) scored 13 of her 17 points in the third quarter, when the Czech Republic led by 13. But Dumerc led the French comeback for a semifinal matchup against Russia on Thursday. Courtesy of www.greenfieldreporter.com
South Carolina's Dawn Staley to be named head coach of U.S. women's Olympic team - 1 month 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 - 8 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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