Becky Hammon is the archetype of the scrappy underdog: She came out of obscurity from South Dakota, played college ball at Colorado State and went on to make the New York Liberty roster as a walk-on. A few years later she was traded to San Antonio where she is currently the franchise player the Silver Stars are built around. She has sick handles that even the best players in the world have a tough time defending, she drops pretty dimes to her teammates, and the six-time WNBA All-Star is clutch when her team needs a bucket.
We all know by now that Maya Moore is one of the best basketball players in the world. She won two national championships with Connecticut then grabbed up the Rookie of the Year and the Championship her first year in the WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx. She also became the first female basketball player to sign with Jordan Brand... a cool 3.4 million to swag out in jumpman apparel and custom J's.
It’s the same old song, Australia vs. Team USA going head-to-head in international competition with medals on the line – only this time, it’s in the semifinals rather than the finals. Still, the stakes are just as high and the competition will be just as fierce.
There was a lot of talk about how the Russians really didn’t care about the last pool play game against France, and basically gave the game away so they could avoid playing Team USA in the semifinals – and there doesn’t seem much doubt about it being true.
LONDON -- Olympic newcomer Turkey battled its way back from a 12-point second-quarter deficit to Russia to take a narrow lead early in the fourth period over the world's No. 2 women's basketball team -- only to see its Olympic dreams extinguished by a triad of errors in the final 13 seconds of its quarterfinal match Tuesday.
LONDON -- So often the focus is on the stars, but even though Liz Cambage (Tulsa Shock) scored a game-high 17 points for Australia, the reason the Opals beat China, 75-60, in the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Olympic competition in women's basketball today wasn’t the 6-8 20-year-old sensation, nor even the all-around play or record-breaking scoring of superstar Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm). The real reason for the win was the depth of Australian roster.
LONDON -- After Team USA celebrated the 10th anniversary of the beginning of its current 39-game Olympic winning streak with a 91-48 rout of her Canadian squad in the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Olympics Tuesday, Allison McNeill said it all on her way to the locker room: "What was the difference?" the Canadian head coach said with remarkable grace and a touch of self-deprecating humor, repeating a reporter's question a. "The difference would probably be 12 of the best players in the world against 12 who are not the best players in the world."
LONDON -- For the first time since the London 2012 Olympic women's basketball competition began here at the Basketball Arena in Olympic Park, Team USA came out firing on all cylinders. Though the United States has ultimately defeated each of its preliminary-round opponents by a wide margin, they have shown a propensity for lackluster starts, at times having to dig their way out of double-digit holes before taking over.
LONDON -- Form held on Day 5 of the London Olympics, and thus the quarterfinal matchups that everyone expected after Day 4 are now set in stone.
With France's victory over Russia, the French win Group B, and will draw the Czech Republic (fourth in Group A) in the quarterfinals. The United States, the 800-pound gorilla of the event, won Group A, and will play Canada.