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Olympic Basketball 2012: Stat Leaders for US Women's Gold-Medal Team

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2016

Olympic Basketball 2012: Stat Leaders for US Women's Gold-Medal Team

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    The U.S. women’s basketball team is golden, again. In yet another Olympic gold-medal game, the American women put an exclamation point on a masterful run in London, beating France by 36 points.

    U.S. women’s basketball has won five straight gold medals. That’s just unfair.

    This United States team, in particular, had the look of a juggernaut from the onset. Their closest margin of victory in these Olympics was 13 points. The train doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Three of their top five stat leaders are 28 and under.

    Who are these basketball maestros? Find out about the statistical leaders this year’s gold-medal USA team by clicking ahead.

Points Per Game: Diana Taurasi

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    WNBA Team: Phoenix Mercury

    Olympic Experience: Three gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012)

    Other Notable Stats: Free-throw percentage was second overall in Olympic play, fifth in three-pointers made (15)

    Chances She’ll Be Back for 2016: High.

    Fresh off a virtuoso Olympic performance, Taurasi has no signs of slowing down. She will be 34 in 2016. One of the best ever has an automatic invite for Rio.

Assists Per Game: Sue Bird

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    WNBA Team: Seattle Storm

    Olympic Experience: Three gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012)

    Other Notable Stats:  Assists per game was first overall in Olympic play, first in assist-to-turnover ratio

    Chances She’ll Be Back for 2016: Solid, if she wants to.

    There may be quicker guards in four years, but no player rules the passing lanes like Bird.

    Her court vision and basketball IQ can help the USA in Rio, even if she takes on a mentor role.

Rebounds Per Game: Candace Parker

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    WNBA Team: Los Angeles Sparks

    Olympic Experience: Two gold medals (2008, 2012)

    Other Notable Stats: Led the USA in blocks and personal fouls

    Chances She’ll Be Back for 2016: Moderate.

    Can she stay healthy? Parker has only played 27 games the last two years with injuries to both her shoulder and meniscus.

    Parker looked her dominant self in London, owning the glass and controlling the paint.

    She is a lock for a 2016 invite, granted she can get back into form for a few WNBA seasons in preparation.

Field-Goal Percentage: Angel McCoughtry

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    WNBA Team: Atlanta Dream

    Olympic Experience: One gold medal (2012)

    Other Notable Stats: Field-goal percentage topped the entire tournament field. Led the Olympics in steals as well.

    Chances She’ll Be Back for 2016: Absolutely. Expect McCoughtry to have a starring role in the Rio Olympics after coming off the bench in London.

    Wait, she was coming off the bench?

    Yes, the tournament’s field-goal percentage leader only played 14.5 minutes per game in London. She also led the entire field in total steals.

    Ridiculous. The future looks angelic in Atlanta.

Honorable Mention: Tina Charles

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    WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

    Olympic Experience: One gold medal (2012)

    Notable Stats: third in points (USA), first in offensive rebounds (USA), fifth in total rebounds (Olympic Play)

    Chances She’ll Be Back for 2016: Guaranteed.

    Charles, along with Maya Moore, represent the young infusion of bigs that will carry USA basketball into the next decade.

    With these two in red, white and blue, it’s hard to see the Americans winning anything but golds.

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