LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Christmas came early this year for a half dozen of women’s college basketball’s elite players.
Picture yourself at age 19, preparing to embark on your sophomore college season. Unexpectedly, you get the phone call you’ve been dreaming of for most of your life – except you never imagined it would come this soon.
The 33-player roster for the initial senior women's national training camp, announced Thursday by USA Basketball, includes a blend of gold-medal decorated veterans and young newcomers, as the United States begins its preparations to defend its World Championship and Olympic titles in women's basketball. Those preparations will kick off with a national team mini-camp from Oct.
Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma will return as the head coach of the United States’ Senior Women’s National Team through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Friday's announcement, made by USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo at press conference at UConn’s Gampel Pavilion, marks the first time in USA Basketball history that a coach has been tapped to lead the program in back-to-back Olympics.
LONDON -- Russia and Australia appeared quite evenly matched as they took to the floor at North Greenwich Arena on Saturday to battle it out for the Olympic bronze medal in women's basketball. North Greenwich, by the way, was originally known as the Millennium Dome, built to house Britain's turn-of-the-century festivities in the year 2000.
On the eve of the gold medal game between the United States and France, we must pause and recognize the historic streak Team USA has put together. The United States women have not lost a game in the Olympics since 1992 and are currently riding a 40-0 winning streak that spans 20 years. A win against France will mean a fifth consecutive gold medal for the women's team, and arguably the most dominating run in Olympic history.
Team USA is plus 83 points off turnovers; the French have allowed four more points off turnovers than they have garnered from their opponents' mistakes. Team USA is plus 168 in the paint; France is plus 10. Team USA is plus 75 on second-chance points; France is minus two. Team USA is plus-118 on the fast break; France is minus seven.
LONDON -- Pierre Vincent has been thinking about it for nearly five years, since he took the reins of the French Women's National Basketball Team in February 2008. The Olympics. Vincent had taken a French men's team led by Tony Parker to gold in the 2000 European Championships and after switching to women's basketball in 2003, he guided his club team Bourges Basket to the domestic grand slam in 2006 and to the Euroleague Women's Final Four in 2007. But this time, his goals were more modest.
LONDON -- Deep in the bowels of North Greenwich Arena, home to London 2012's men's and women's basketball contests in their knockout stages, in a rabbit warren known as the mixed zone, one of the few areas in the Olympic venues where athletes and the media are permitted to interact, Kristi Harrower stood crying.
There’s always a game within the game – and even though Australia would extend a 32-28 second quarter lead to as many as seven before the break, the tide had already turned with 6:11 to go in the second quarter.
The reason? Liz Cambage was exhausted. Up to that point, Cambage had scored 13 points and dominated the game, but she was also completely out of gas. She leaned over at the free-throw line, hands on her knees, and had to come out of the game.