USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team: Roster, Bracket, Schedule and More

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USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team: Roster, Bracket, Schedule and More
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It's that time—the USA women's basketball team is headed to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics!

The USA team assembled on July 14 in Washington, D.C., and since that time the women have tallied four wins—in three different countries—in exhibition play. The team will have 10 practices together before tipping off their first Olympic game against Croatia on July 28. All practices are open to credentialed media except the July 26 morning practice.

The team hopes to bring home yet another gold medal to add to the USA trophy case. Women's basketball became a medal sport at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. Since that time, the women's basketball team has earned six gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. The squad brought home the gold in 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. If the ladies take first place in London, it will be the fifth consecutive gold for them.

The official USA Basketball site explains the significance of the Team USA's presence in Olympic history:

In capturing the 2008 Olympic gold medal the U.S. became the first women’s traditional team sport to claim four straight gold medals. Further, the win extended the USA’s Olympic winning streak to 33 games, dating back to 1992 bronze medal victory over Cuba, and marked the USA’s third straight victory over Australia in the Olympic gold medal game

This year, the team features women from eight different WNBA teams. The Minnesota Lynx, who were the 2011 WNBA champions, are proud to have three roster members representing the red, white and blue: Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Minnesota native Lindsay Whalen.

(photo credit: wnba.com)

The womens' basketball teams are broken up into two brackets for the preliminary round:

Pool A

Angola

China

Croatia

Czech Republic

Turkey

USA

 

Pool B

Australia

Brazil

Canada

France

Great Britain

Russia

See below for complete roster information.

 

Roster

NO
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
DOB
WNBA TEAM SCHOOL
5
Seimone Augustus
F
6-0
168
04/30/84
Minnesota Lynx Louisiana State
6
Sue Bird
G
5-9
150
10/16/80
Seattle Storm Connecticut
11
Swin Cash
F
6-1
162
09/22/79
Chicago Sky Connecticut  
10
Tamika Catchings
F
6-1
167
07/21/79
Indiana Fever Tennessee  
14
Tina Charles
C
6-4
198
12/05/88
Connecticut Sun Connecticut
13
Sylvia Fowles
C
6-6
200
10/06/85
Chicago Sky Louisiana State
9
Asjha Jones
F
6-3
196
08/01/80
Connecticut Sun Connecticut  
8
Angel McCoughtry
F
6-1
160
09/10/86
Atlanta Dream Louisville
7
Maya Moore
F
6-0
170
06/11/89
Minnesota Lynx Connecticut
15
Candace Parker
F/C/G
6-4
175
04/19/86
Los Angeles Sparks Tennessee  
12
Diana Taurasi
G/F
6-0
165
06/11/82
Phoenix Mercury Connecticut
4
Lindsay Whalen
G
5-9
169
05/09/82
Minnesota Lynx Minnesota

 

Coaching Staff

 
Head Coach: Geno Auriemma, University of Connecticut
Assistant Coach: Doug Bruno, DePaul University
Assistant Coach: Jennifer Gillom, Washington Mystics
Assistant Coach: Marynell Meadors, Atlanta Dream
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Team USA's Scheduled Games in the Preliminary Round

Saturday, July 28: 4:45 p.m. vs. Croatia

Monday, July 30: 10:15 p.m. vs. Angola

Wednesday, Aug. 1: 10:15 p.m. vs. Turkey

Friday, Aug. 3: 10:15 p.m. vs. The Czech Republic

Sunday, Aug. 5: 4:45 vs. China

All times listed above are local. England is +5 hours from EDT.

 

Quarterfinals: Tuesday, Aug. 7 TBD

Semifinals: Thursday, Aug. 9 TBD

Finals: Saturday, Aug. 11 TBD 

 

Key Players to Watch

Seimone Augustus: A six-year veteran, Augustus is a well-rounded athlete and an explosive force on the court. Last season, she averaged 16.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She is a three-time All-Star and shows no signs of slowing down. She's quick on her feet and can tire any defense.

Angel McCoughtry: Without a doubt, McCoughtry will be the scoring threat for Team USA this summer. She ranks No. 1 in the WNBA with an average of 22.6 points per game, and she also averages 5.7 boards per contest. Not only does she top the scoring chart, but she dominates on defense as well. The 26-year-old averages 3.2 steals per game.

Tina Charles: At 6'4", Charles' lanky frame and wide wingspan make her an ideal asset beneath the basket. She averages 18.7 points and 11.3 boards per game, ranking her in the top two of all WNBA rebounding categories.

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Diana Taurasi: While Taurasi doesn't necessarily stand out number-wise, her 80 percent average from behind the three-point line will be a huge asset to Team USA's as she stretches the squad's perimeter shooting. Look for her to hit some huge shots from downtown throughout the series.

Lindsay Whalen: At only 5'9", Whalen is the smallest member of this summer's roster. However, don't let her stature fool you. The Minnesota native is an expert at running the floor and creating plays, and she dishes out an impressive 5.4 assists per game while adding an average of 11 points to the score board.

 

Outlook and Predictions:

A fifth gold medal is definitely within reach for the USA women's basketball team.

I expect the preliminary rounds to be fairly easy for the squad to get through. This will be the first Olympic appearance for Croatia and Angola, and the only other team to have won a medal in the Olympics previously is China, whose team is not as strong as it has been in the past.

Pool B does seem to be a tougher bracket, and the Australian and Brazilian teams could pose a challenge to USA. The teams have made seven and six Olympic appearances, respectively, and Team Australia came in second to USA in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 games.

Australia's top player is WNBA star Lauren Jackson. A native of New South Wales, Australia, Jackson may pose the biggest obstacle for Team USA to shut down. If USA can stop Australia's shooting power houses, I predict a repeat of the last three Olympics at the medal ceremony.

 

 

To see complete schedules and more in-depth information on opponents, visit the official USA Basketball page.

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