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Basketball at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Basketball

Basketball at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:
Phases:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, London; North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: FRA France
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

The United States had won the last four gold medals in women’s basketball and was heavily favored to make that five in London. They had won the 2010 World Championship, and their team was basically an All-Star team from the WNBA, the world’s top women’s league. Their biggest competition was expected to come from Australia, which had won medals at the last four Olympics, and was led by WNBA star Lauren Jackson. In group play the US was unchallenged, winning every game by at least 25 points. But Australia was upset by France in Group B, forcing them into a semi-final match-up with the United States.

The USA-Australia semi was close for three quarters, with Australia leading at the half, 47-43. But the US pulled ahead in the third quarter, leading 65-59 going into the final stanza, and eventually won comfortably, 86-73. In the other semi, France continued their upset ways, defeating Russia 81-64 to advance to the final. The final was a rout, with the USA using a 21-1 third quarter burst to win 86-50, despite US coach Geno Auriemma backing off in the final quarter, as Candace Parker led the US with 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was the fifth consecutive gold medal in the sport for the United States’ women, the most ever in a women’s team sport at the Olympics, and their seventh all-time, also winning in 1984 and 1988. Australia won the bronze medal match to stand on the podium for the fifth straight Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal GP PTS AVG DQ 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL TOV BLK PF
1 United States USA Gold 8 725 90.6 0 257 492 0.522 32 105 0.305 289 597 0.484 115 153 0.752 135 269 404 185 111 41 84 124
2 France FRA Silver 8 558 69.8 0 170 382 0.445 36 93 0.387 206 475 0.434 110 143 0.769 83 226 309 106 130 40 50 142
3 Australia AUS Bronze 8 584 73.0 4 184 392 0.469 29 108 0.269 213 500 0.426 129 166 0.777 106 231 337 141 136 32 55 159
4 Russia RUS 8 518 64.8 2 137 349 0.393 50 151 0.331 187 500 0.374 94 138 0.681 131 192 323 116 115 39 45 152
5 Turkey TUR 6 406 67.7 2 118 286 0.413 37 105 0.352 155 391 0.396 59 80 0.738 81 146 227 102 88 12 51 106
6 China CHN 6 406 67.7 0 132 289 0.457 24 79 0.304 156 368 0.424 70 89 0.787 55 155 210 106 95 9 30 75
7 Czech Republic CZE 6 414 69.0 5 121 274 0.442 37 119 0.311 158 393 0.402 61 85 0.718 72 168 240 103 85 27 33 100
8 Canada CAN 6 376 62.7 3 103 244 0.422 33 101 0.327 136 345 0.394 71 94 0.755 60 143 203 96 117 11 37 122
9 Brazil BRA 5 329 65.8 1 99 236 0.419 19 72 0.264 118 308 0.383 74 93 0.796 60 130 190 73 83 18 34 96
10 Croatia CRO 5 324 64.8 1 94 227 0.414 29 94 0.309 123 321 0.383 49 74 0.662 49 143 192 72 85 10 33 93
11 Great Britain GBR 5 327 65.4 1 97 272 0.357 21 79 0.266 118 351 0.336 70 84 0.833 82 115 197 67 73 13 44 83
12 Angola ANG 5 243 48.6 4 73 224 0.326 15 89 0.169 88 313 0.281 52 80 0.650 77 109 186 36 89 9 19 100