United States women's national basketball team

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United States
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FIBA ranking 1 Steady
FIBA zone FIBA Americas
National federation USA Basketball
Coach Geno Auriemma
Olympic Games
Appearances 9
Medals Gold medal.svg Gold: 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
Silver medal.svg Silver: 1976
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 1992
World Championships for Women
Appearances 16
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 1953, 1957, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: 1983
Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze:1994, 2006
Americas Championship for Women
Appearances 4
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 1993, 2007
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: 1997
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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The United States women's national basketball team are the defending Olympic champions in women's basketball. The team is composed of some of the top American players in the WNBA and the women's college game.

The team has won seven Olympic gold medals and seven FIBA world championships, and did not lose an international match between 1994 and 2006. However, with longtime leaders Dawn Staley, Lisa Leslie, and Teresa Edwards absent, they lost to Russia in the semifinal of the 2006 world championship, eventually settling for the bronze.

On August 11, 2012, the team won their fifth straight gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, beating France in an 86–50 victory.[1]

Gold medals[edit]

In addition, the US team won silver medals at the 1976 Olympics and 1983 world championship, and bronze medals at the 1992 Olympics and 1994 and 2006 world championship.

Current roster[edit]

The following is the United States roster in the women's basketball tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

United States women's national basketball team – 2012 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
G 4 Whalen, Lindsay 30 – (1982-05-09)May 9, 1982 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Minnesota Lynx United States
F 5 Augustus, Seimone 28 – (1984-04-30)April 30, 1984 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Minnesota Lynx United States
G 6 Bird, Sue 31 – (1980-10-16)October 16, 1980 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Seattle Storm United States
F 7 Moore, Maya 23 – (1989-06-11)June 11, 1989 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Minnesota Lynx United States
F 8 McCoughtry, Angel 25 – (1986-09-10)September 10, 1986 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Atlanta Dream United States
F 9 Jones, Asjha 31 – (1980-08-01)August 1, 1980 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Connecticut Sun United States
F 10 Catchings, Tamika 33 – (1979-07-21)July 21, 1979 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Indiana Fever United States
F 11 Cash, Swin 32 – (1979-09-22)September 22, 1979 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Chicago Sky United States
G/F 12 Taurasi, Diana 30 – (1982-06-11)June 11, 1982 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Phoenix Mercury United States
C 13 Fowles, Sylvia 27 – (1985-06-10)June 10, 1985 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Chicago Sky United States
C 14 Charles, Tina 23 – (1988-12-05)December 5, 1988 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Connecticut Sun United States
F/C 15 Parker, Candace 26 – (1986-04-19)April 19, 1986 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Los Angeles Sparks United States
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 28 July 2012

Competitive Record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W L
Canada 1976 Second Place 2nd 5 3 2
Soviet Union 1980 1980 Summer Olympics boycott
United States 1984 Champions 1st 6 6 0
South Korea 1988 Champions 1st 5 5 0
Spain 1992 Third Place 3rd 5 4 1
United States 1996 Champions 1st 8 8 0
Australia 2000 Champions 1st 8 8 0
Greece 2004 Champions 1st 8 8 0
China 2008 Champions 1st 8 8 0
United Kingdom 2012 Champions 1st 8 8 0
Total 7 Titles 9/10 61 58 3

FIBA World Championship for Women[edit]

The USA women's national basketball team has competed in the FIBA World Championship for Women since the inaugural event in 1953, except for 1959, when the games were held in Moscow. The results of the competition for the USA team:[3]

Year Round Position Pld W L
Chile 1953 Champions 1st 6 5 1
Brazil 1957 Champions 1st 9 8 1
Soviet Union 1959 Did not participate
Peru 1964 Fourth Place 4th 9 5 4
Czechoslovakia 1967 11th 6 1 5
Brazil 1971 8th 8 6 2
Colombia 1975 8th 7 4 3
South Korea 1979 Champions 1st 6 5 1
Brazil 1983 Second Place 2nd 8 6 2
Soviet Union 1986 Champions 1st 7 7 0
Malaysia 1990 Champions 1st 8 8 0
Australia 1994 Third Place 3rd 8 7 1
Germany 1998 Champions 1st 9 9 0
China 2002 Champions 1st 9 9 0
Brazil 2006 Third Place 3rd 9 8 1
Czech Republic 2010 Champions 1st 9 9 0
Turkey 2014 Qualified
Total 8 Titles 16/17 118 97 21

Coaches[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Name Position Coached at Year W–L Results
MooreBillie Jean Moore Head Coach Cal State – Fullerton 1976 3–2 Silver
GunterSue Gunter Assistant Coach Stephen F. Austin State (TX) 1976 3–2 Silver
RowlandsJeanne Rowlands Manager/Administrative assistant Northeastern (MA) 1976 3–2 Silver
GunterSue Gunter Head Coach Stephen F. Austin State 1980 DNC  
SummittPat Head Assistant Coach Tennessee 1980 DNC  
PlarskiLea Plarski Manager/Administrative assistant St. Louis C.C.-Florissant Valley (MO) 1980 DNC  
SummittPat Summitt Head Coach Tennessee 1984 6–0 Gold
DarschNancy Darsch Assistant Coach Tennessee 1984 6–0 Gold
GraberBetty Jo Graber Manager/Administrative assistant Weathersford College (TX) 1984 6–0 Gold
Yow, KayKay Yow Assistant Coach North Carolina State 1984 6–0 Gold
Yow, KayKay Yow Head Coach North Carolina State 1988 5–0 Gold
GillBarbara Gill Manager/Administrative assistant Johnson County C.C. (KS) 1988 5–0 Gold
HatchellSylvia Hatchell Assistant Coach North Carolina 1988 5–0 Gold
Yow, SusanSusan Yow Assistant Coach Drake (IA) 1988 5–0 Gold
GrentzTheresa Grentz Head Coach Rutgers 1992 4–1 Bronze
DunnLin Dunn Assistant Coach Purdue (IN) 1992 4–1 Bronze
FosterJim Foster Assistant Coach Vanderbilt (TN) 1992 4–1 Bronze
HargroveLinda Hargrove Assistant Coach Wichita State (KS) 1992 4–1 Bronze
VanDerveerTara VanDerveer Head Coach Stanford 1996 8–0 Gold
BarryCeal Barry Assistant Coach Colorado 1996 8–0 Gold
DarschNancy Darsch Assistant Coach Ohio State 1996 8–0 Gold
WashingtonMarian Washington Assistant Coach Kansas 1996 8–0 Gold
FortnerNell Fortner Head Coach USA Basketball 2000 8–0 Gold
AuriemmaGeno Auriemma Assistant Coach Connecticut 2000 8–0 Gold
GillomPeggy Gillom Assistant Coach Texas A&M 2000 8–0 Gold
ChancellorVan Chancellor Head Coach Houston Comets 2004 8–0 Gold
DonovanAnne Donovan Assistant Coach Seattle Storm 2004 8–0 Gold
GoestenkorsGail Goestenkors Assistant Coach Duke (NC) 2004 8–0 Gold
StringerC. Vivian Stringer Assistant Coach Rutgers 2004 8–0 Gold
DonovanAnne Donovan Head Coach USA Basketball 2008 8–0 Gold
GoestenkorsGail Goestenkors Assistant Coach Duke (NC) 2008 8–0 Gold
StaleyDawn Staley Assistant Coach Temple 2008 8–0 Gold
ThibaultMike Thibault Assistant Coach Connecticut Sun 2008 8–0 Gold
AuriemmaGeno Auriemma Head Coach Connecticut 2012 8—0 Gold
BrunoDoug Bruno Assistant Coach DePaul 2012 8—0 Gold
GillomJennifer Gillom Assistant Coach USA Basketball 2012 8—0 Gold
MeadorsMarynell Meadors Assistant Coach Atlanta Dream 2012 8—0 Gold

FIBA World Championships[edit]

First Last Position Coached at Year W–L Results
John Head Head Coach Nashville Business College 1953 5–1 Gold
Tennie McGhee Assistant Coach AAU 1953 4–1 Gold
John Head Head Coach Nashville Business College 1957 8–1 Gold
Tennie McGhee Assistant Coach AAU 1957 6–0 Gold
Harley Redin Head Coach Wayland Baptist College 1964 4–4 Fourth
Ruth Webster Manager/Administrative assistant Topeka, KS 1964 3–3 Fourth
Alberta Cox Head Coach Raytown Piperettes 1967 1–5 Eleventh
Alberta Cox Head Coach Raytown Piperettes 1971 5–3 Eighth
Carolyn Moffatt Assistant Coach Ouachita Baptist (AR) 1971 4–1 Eighth
Mauriece Smith Manager/Administrative assistant Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City 1971 4–1 Eighth
Cathy Rush Head Coach Immaculata College 1975 4–3 Eighth
Billie Jean Moore Assistant Coach California State-Fullerton 1975 4–3 Eighth
Jeanne Rowlands Manager/Administrative assistant Northeastern (MA) 1975 4–3 Eighth
Pat Head Summitt Head Coach Tennessee 1979 5–1 Gold
Betty Jo Crumm Assistant Coach Weatherford College (TX) 1979 5–1 Gold
Lea Plarski Manager/Administrative assistant St. Louis C.C.-Florissant Valley (MO) 1979 5–1 Gold
Pat Head Summitt Head Coach Tennessee 1983 6–2 Silver
Kay Yow Head Coach North Carolina State 1986 4–0 Gold
Barbara Gill Manager/Administrative assistant Johnson County C.C. (KS) 1986 7–0 Gold
Sylvia Hatchell Assistant Coach Francis Marion College (SC) 1986 7–0 Gold
Marianne Stanley Assistant Coach Old Dominion (VA) 1986 7–0 Gold
Theresa Grentz Head Coach Rutgers 1990 8–0 Gold
Lin Dunn Assistant Coach Purdue (IN) 1990 8–0 Gold
Jim Foster Assistant Coach Vanderbilt (TN) 1990 8–0 Gold
Linda Hargrove Assistant Coach Wichita State (KS) 1990 8–0 Gold
Tara VanDerveer Head Coach Stanford 1994 7–1 Bronze
Ceal Barry Assistant Coach Colorado 1994 7–1 Bronze
Charlene Curtis Assistant Coach Temple (PA) 1994 7–1 Bronze
Nancy Darsch Assistant Coach Ohio State 1994 7–1 Bronze
Fran Garmon Assistant Coach Texas Christian 1996 6–2 Silver
Phyllis Holmes Manager/Administrative assistant Greenville College (IL) 1996 6–2 Silver
Nell Fortner Head Coach USA Basketball 1998 9–0 Gold
Anne Donovan Assistant Coach Philadelphia Rage 1998 9–0 Gold
Bernadette Mattox Assistant Coach Kentucky 1998 9–0 Gold
Deb Patterson Assistant Coach Kansas State 1998 9–0 Gold
Van Chancellor Head Coach Houston Comets 2002 9–0 Gold
Anne Donovan Assistant Coach Seattle Storm 2002 9–0 Gold
Marianna Freeman Assistant Coach Syracuse (NY) 2002 9–0 Gold
Gail Goestenkors Assistant Coach Duke (NC) 2002 9–0 Gold
Anne Donovan Head Coach Seattle Storm 2006 8–1 Bronze
Gail Goestenkors Assistant Coach Duke (NC) 2006 8–1 Bronze
Dawn Staley Assistant Coach Temple (PA) 2006 8–1 Bronze
Mike Thibault Assistant Coach Connecticut Sun 2006 8–1 Bronze

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liz Clarke. "U.S. women win fifth straight Olympic gold in basketball". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  2. ^ USA
  3. ^ "USA Women's World Championship All-Time Results & Standings". Retrieved 2009-05-17. 

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