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Basketball at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Basketball

Basketball at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 1, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro; Youth Arena, Deodoro Olympic Park, Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

Gold: USA United States
Silver: ESP Spain
Bronze: SRB Serbia

Summary

The USA men were favored to win the gold medal in Rio, but the USA women were “really” favored to win. The US had won every Olympic gold medal since 1984, with the lone exception of 1992, when they won bronze. They had won 7 of 10 World Championships since 1979, winning in both 2010 and 2014. Like the men’s team, the US women now had a permanent national coach in University of Connecticut head coach [Geno Auriemma], and since he had been installed as national coach in 2009, the USA women had been even more dominant.

The USA women scampered through the tournament, never facing a serious challenge, starting out with a 65-point victory over Senegal in group play. In group B, their closest match was a win over Serbia, 110-84. The other group B qualifiers for the knockout rounds were Spain, Canada, and Serbia. In group A, Australia also won all their games, and were joined by France, Turkey, and Japan in the elimination rounds.

Japan had the misfortune to be drawn against the Americans in the quarter-final, losing by 46 points. The other semi-finalists were Spain, France, and Serbia, who upset Australia in the quarters, 73-71. France went down to the USA in the semis, 86-67, while Spain handled Serbia easily. The final was no contest, with the United States winning their sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal, 101-72, over Spain. The strength of the American team can be seen by the fact that the 2015 WNBA MVP, [Elena Della Donne], usually came off the bench. Among the US players, [Diana Taurasi], [Sue Bird], and [Tamika Catchings] won their fourth Olympic gold medals, equaling the mark held by former US players [Teresa Edwards] and [Lisa Leslie].

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal GP PTS AVG 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 8 817 102.1 324 562 0.577 266 434 0.613 58 128 0.453 111 143 0.776 104 260 364 223 79 125 29 123
2 Spain ESP Silver 8 591 73.9 225 529 0.425 193 430 0.449 32 99 0.323 109 140 0.779 103 225 328 148 47 120 29 162
3 Serbia SRB Bronze 8 582 72.8 213 526 0.405 166 386 0.430 47 140 0.336 109 139 0.784 88 169 257 144 91 103 24 170
4 France FRA 8 542 67.8 204 491 0.415 162 370 0.438 42 121 0.347 92 135 0.681 111 200 311 148 75 148 25 162
5 Australia AUS 6 471 78.5 171 370 0.462 129 257 0.502 42 113 0.372 87 109 0.798 66 165 231 136 40 98 21 114
6 Turkey TUR 6 386 64.3 138 351 0.393 109 267 0.408 29 84 0.345 81 114 0.711 48 160 208 97 46 63 19 93
7 Canada CAN 6 403 67.2 145 370 0.392 114 277 0.412 31 93 0.333 82 117 0.701 82 142 224 110 49 106 14 127
8 Japan JPN 6 450 75.0 175 403 0.434 132 291 0.454 43 112 0.384 57 66 0.864 43 129 172 111 45 63 7 97
9 Belarus BLR 5 347 69.4 123 277 0.444 89 189 0.471 34 88 0.386 67 81 0.827 36 141 177 90 23 86 18 95
10 China CHN 5 371 74.2 138 319 0.433 101 225 0.449 37 94 0.394 58 88 0.659 54 111 165 89 23 76 11 75
11 Brazil BRA 5 335 67.0 127 314 0.404 109 241 0.452 18 73 0.247 63 88 0.716 67 137 204 88 40 101 8 96
12 Senegal SEN 5 309 61.8 111 284 0.391 80 192 0.417 31 92 0.337 56 70 0.800 31 114 145 79 33 104 15 96