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NO
NAME
POS
HGT
DOB
CLUB TEAM SCHOOL HOMETOWN
WGT
12
Dominique Allen
C
6-4
09/10/80
N/A Northumbria Univ.; Oral Roberts (USA) Wordsley
188
5
Rose Anderson
G
5-10
03/23/88
UWIC Archers (WAL) Northern Oklahoma J.C. (USA); Central Oklahoma  (USA) Edinburgh (SCT)
 
11
Kim Butler
PF
6-1
09/07/82
SK Cesis (LAT) Oregon State (USA); Santa Clara (USA) Tacoma (USA)
 
Los Angeles Sparks - 2006 training camp (USA)
6
Stef Collins
PG
5-6
12/30/82
 UWIC Archers (Wales) St. Bonaventure (USA) Upper Heyford
139
15
Temi Fagbenle
PF
6-4
09/08/92
N/A Harvard (USA) Baltimore, MD (USA)
173
8
Chantelle Handy
C
6-2
06/16/87
 Athinaikos (GRE) Marshall (USA) Consett
163
13
Jo Leedham
SF
5-11
12/05/87
 Bulleen Boomers (AUS) Franklin Pierce (USA) Ellesmere Port
167
Connecticut Sun - drafted 2010 (USA)
10
Julie Page*
PF
6-2
04/21/83
Energa Torun (POL) Eastern Washington (USA) Manchester
 
4
Natalie Stafford
G
5-9
12/08/76
 Sidney Flames (AUS) Oregon (USA) Sidney (AUS)
145
14
Azania Stewart
C
6-5
03/13/89
N/A Florida (USA) London
196
7
Rachel Vanderwal
PG
5-9
06/27/83
University of Limerick (IRE) Boston University (USA) Burlington (CAN)
145
9
Jenaya Wade-Fray
G
5-9
09/05/88
UWIC Archers Tennessee-Chattanooga (USA) Paget, Bermuda
143
2012 Great Britain Olympic Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Tom Maher, Bulleen Boomers
Lead Assistant Coach: Ken Shields
Assistant Coach: Damian Jennings, UWIC Cardiff
Assistant Coach: Vanessa Ellis Sheffield Hatters
Notes: * Indicates team captain. Roster of the above 12 players was announced on Jun. 22, 2012. Roster may be altered until June 27, 2012. All teams, schools and hometowns in England unless otherwise indicated.

Flag artwork courtesy of www.icondrawer.com

PHOTO GALLERY - Great Britian vs USA

FIBA World Ranking No. 49
How qualified Host Nation
Key veteran Wing Jo Leedham
Rising star Center Azania Stewart (University of Florida)
Olympic medals None (first Olympic appearance in 2012)
World Championship medals None
Preliminary round group Group B

It may not seem cricket, but so weak was Great Britain’s résumé in international women’s basketball that for a time FIBA even considered denying the British the automatic Olympic qualification traditionally accorded the host nation.

Enter Australian master mechanic Tom Maher, who since leaving his position as head coach of the Opals has built a coaching career out of raising the play for Olympic hosts (China) and would-be competitors (New Zealand) to a respectable level. Maher, in turn, supplemented the handful of experienced British club players with a passel of U.S. collegians, plus the odd Australian and Canadian player, with ties to Britain.

The results: Great Britain qualified to compete in last year's Eurobasket Finals, its first-ever appearance in the competition. And while the record there was less than earth-shattering, the Brits did manage to win a game (a 74-51 preliminary-round victory over Israel) and came within a gnat's eyelash of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in international women's basketball history, putting ultimate Eurobasket Champion Russia through a major scare before falling, 62-59.

With that success, FIBA's qualms about awarding Great Britain the host's nation's automatic berth evaporated, especially as it's never wise to underestimate the power of home-court advantage (just ask the Czechs, who pulled off major upsets over Australia and Belarus when the 2010 Women's World Basketball Championships were held on their home turf). And Great Britain has been steadily improving, as evidenced by the 6-6 record in preparatory games over the past year.

Still, though they battled their way to another near miss against Croatia, losing by just three points (77-74) in a friendly game in May, Britain's wins, with the exception of a pair of 1-1 splits against both Canada and the Czech Republic last month, have come against teams -- the Ukraine (83-74), Belgium (96-69), Korea (113-86) and Argentina (81-65) -- that haven't qualified to compete in the Olympics. The original placement in Group B seemed to doom any hopes of a British stunner in London, but with Brazil suddenly minus Iziane Castro Marques, perhaps the door to the quarterfinals has cracked open just a little bit.

That said, however, a team that claims a preliminary round win over Israel as its historic highlight can't really be held to a very high standard. In fact, should the British manage a win in group play, it will be cause for some celebration, and perhaps serve as a building block for a sport that has never gotten much traction in Great Britain.