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NO
NAME
POS
HGT
DOB
CLUB/WNBA TEAM SCHOOL HOMETOWN
WGT
10
Isil Alben
G
5-8
02/22/86
Galatasaray  

Eminönü

132
15
Bahar Caglar
F
6-3
09/28/88
Galatasaray   Izmir
186
8
Tugce Canitez
F
6-2
11/10/90
N/A North Idaho C.C. (USA); Westmont College (USA) Konak, Izmir
 
5
Yasemin Dalgalar
F
6-0
06/08/88
Tarsus Belediyesi   Istanbul
161
12
Quanitra Hollingsworth
C
6-5
11/15/88
UMMC Ekaterinburg (RUS) VCU (USA) Portsmouth, VA (USA)
200
New York Liberty - 2011 (USA)
13
Yasemin Horasan
C
6-2
08/01/83
Besiktas JK Cola Turka IMG Academies (USA) Sisli
192
14
Saziye Ivegin-Karsli
F
5-11
02/08/82
Galatasaray M.P. Instanbul   Niksar
152
7
Nilay Yiğit Kartaltepe
G
5-7
01/13/79

Botaş S.K.

  Bakirköy, Istanbul

 

121
4
Tugba Palazoglu
G
5-8
12/04/80
Mersin BŞ. Bld.

 

Barton Co. CC (USA); Western Illinois (USA) Bolu
132
9
Esmeral Tuncluer
G
5-9
06/07/80
Fenerbahçe S.K.   Ede (NED)
145
 
6
Birsel Vardarli
G
5-9
07/12/84
Fenerbahçe S.K.   Izmir
143
11
Nevriye Yilmaz
C
6-4
06/16/80
Fenerbahçe S.K.   Plovdiv (BUL)
192
San Antonio Silver Stars - 2004 (USA)
2012 Turkish Olympic Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Ceyhun Yildizoglu, Galatasaray Instanbul
Note: * indicates team captain. The roster of the 12 players above was announced on Jun. 19, 2012 in advance of the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women. The roster may be altered until July 27, 2012. All teams, schools and hometowns are in Turkey unless otherwise indicated.

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FIBA World Ranking No. 21
How qualified 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 
Key veteran Center Nevriye Yilmaz
Rising Star Center Quanitra Hollingsworth
Olympic medals None (first Olympic appearance in 2012)
World Championship medals None
Preliminary round group Group A

If Croatia impressed at the 2011 Eurobasket, Turkey did the same and then some as 6-4 center Nevriye Yilmaz led the Turks to a 69-62 semifinal upset of defending champion France. The Turks ran out of steam in the finals, losing to Russia 59-42 but their second-place Eurobasket finish earned them a berth at the 2012 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara, where they delighted the home crowds with an undefeated march to the quarterfinals. There, a convincing 72-58 victory over Argentina won them a trip to the 2012 Olympics.

And then the Turks hung with the powerful U.S. team for 30 minutes in an exhibition game before losing by 19 -- and putting all that together paints a picture of a serious medal contender in London.

While Yilmaz is Turkey's leading scorer, the playmaking abilities of 5-9 combo guard Birsel Vardarli are another key to the team's success. The 28-year-old veteran averaged 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and four assists per game at Eurobasket, and exploded for 20 points and six boards in Turkey's 76-60 romp over Slovakia. Her scoring tapered off to single digits at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, but her assists rose commensurately. Indeed, Vardarli took home the Tissot Turkish Player of the Tournament award after passing out 11 assists in Turkey's quarterfinal win over Argentina, but she d