|FIBA World Ranking||No. 27|
|How qualified||2011 FIBA Africa Women’s champion|
|Key veteran||Power forward Nacissela Mauricio, MVP, 2011 Afrobasket Women|
|Rising star||Power forward Sonia Guadalupe|
|Olympic medals||None (first Olympic appearance)|
|World championship medals||None|
|Preliminary round group||Group A|
Angola loves its basketball and as proof, after the women's team won Afrobasket 2011 and thus a firsxt-ever Olympic berth, a contingent of senior government officials met the team at the airport and rewarded each player with bonuses totaling more than $40,000. Each player also received a college scholarship from a private university in Angola.
That said, only one team from Africa -- Nigeria, which made Olympic history by beating Korea in the 11th/12th-place game at the 2004 Olympics in Athens -- has ever won even a single game, much less a medal, in the women's basketball competition at a summer Olympics. Angola, which has been focusing on defense in its Olympic preparations, lost all six of its exhibition games to Australia, China, and even New Zealand at a preparatory tournament last month in China, would be thrilled to achieve even that much in London.
- London 2012: Australia -- Can team training offset the loss of Penny Taylor?
- London 2012: Brazil -- With Castro Marques gone, so are Brazil's medal hopes
- London 2012: Canada -- Needs a little luck to advance
- London 2012: China -- It's been a struggle since Beijing
- London 2012: Croatia -- Here's the upset special
- London 2012: Czech Republic -- Experience plus size could equal a medal
- London 2012: France -- It's now or never for Les Bleus
- London 2012: Great Britain -- Hosts hoping for a win
- London 2012: Russia -- As usual, an enigma
- 2012 London: Turkey -- Plenty of size, but shooters are the key
- London 2012: The United States -- Only gold will satisfy