LONDON -- There was controversy and a couple close games during the third round of women's basketball in the 2012 Olympics, but with just two days of pool play remaining, the shape of the single-elimination, eight-team bracket that will determine the gold-medal winner is starting to take shape.
It was Asjha Jones' birthday, and her biggest present was 17:43 of playing time in the United States' 89-58 dismantling of a solid Turkish team in the third day of women's basketball pool play at the 2012 London Olympics.. Jones scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out a pair of assists as part of her contribution to the Americans' third straight win and advancement to the quarterfinals -- and the win came without the presence of Sylvia Fowles, out with an injured foot.
LONDON -- France picked up its third win in a row in the women's basketball competition of the London 2012 Olympic games, dropping Canada 64-60. The victory did not come easily as Canada gave France, a team ranked No. 8 in the world by FIBA, an intense workout from opening tip to final buzzer.
In dominating fashion, the United States easily handled Angola 90-38 in pool play on Monday at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena in London. Candace Parker led the way with 14 points, 12 rebounds and an Olympic single-game record four blocks.
“I thought it was a tremendous performance by Candace,” said U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma of Parker. “We saw a little bit of everything that she’s capable of doing. There are things that Candace can do that no other player can do.”
LONDON -- In an overtime thriller, France upset Australia, the three-time Olympic silver medalist, 74-70. Belinda Snell hit a desperate half-court shot at the buzzer for Australia to send the game into overtime tied at 65 apiece.
LONDON -- Don't let the 21-point final victory margin fool you. For 30 minutes, Croatia, making its Olympic debut in London this summer, gave Team USA as tough a test as any opponent the Americans have faced in recent memory. The trouble for the newcomers: A basketball game lasts 40 minutes, not 30.
If day one is any indication, women’s basketball in the 2012 Olympics will be a great show.
About the only game that went as expected was Australia vs. overmatched Great Britain, but otherwise, from Croatia hanging with the U.S. for 30 minutes to Canada exposing Russia to China and France pulling upsets, it was a day for the unexpected – and a great appetizer for what looks like it will be a very entertaining two weeks of basketball.
LONDON -- Australia will be the 11th nation to step onto the track at Olympic Stadium here in London Friday evening for the Opening Ceremonies of the XXXth Olympiad. When they do, Lauren Jackson will be at the head of the delegation, proudly carrying her nation's flag. The selection to carry the nation's flag in the Parade of Athletes is widely considered to be one of the highest honors an athlete can achieve.