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Basketball, Women

Date28 July – 11 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationBasketball Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, London / North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Participants143 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to classification matches.

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.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsPoints
1United StatesUSA8016725–450Gold1
2FranceFRA7115558–537Silver2
3AustraliaAUS6214584–542Bronze3
4Russian FederationRUS4412518–5354
5TurkeyTUR4210406–3825
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN339406–4386
7Czech RepublicCZE248414–4037
8CanadaCAN248376–4238
9BrazilBRA146329–3549
10CroatiaCRO146324–37910
11Great BritainGBR055327–37211
12AngolaANG055243–39512

Preliminary Round (28 July – 5 August 2012)

Round-robin pools.

Group A (28 July – 5 August 2012)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsPoints
1USA5010462–279Q
2TUR419343–316Q
3CHN328346–363Q
4CZE237346–332Q
5CRO146324–379
6ANG055243–395

Match #128 Jul 9:00CHN 1366 – 57CZE 14
Match #228 Jul 14:30TUR 1572 – 50ANG 16
Match #328 Jul 16:45USA 1781 – 56CRO 18
Match #430 Jul 9:00CHN 1983 – 58CRO 20
Match #530 Jul 11:15TUR 2161 – 57CZE 22
Match #630 Jul 22:15USA 2390 – 38ANG 24
Match #701 Aug 11:15CHN 2576 – 52ANG 26
Match #801 Aug 20:00CZE 2789 – 70CRO 28
Match #901 Aug 22:15USA 2989 – 58TUR 30
Match #1003 Aug 9:00CRO 3175 – 56ANG 32
Match #1103 Aug 16:45TUR 3382 – 55CHN 34
Match #1203 Aug 22:15USA 3588 – 61CZE 36
Match #1305 Aug 11:15CZE 3782 – 47ANG 38
Match #1405 Aug 16:45USA 39114 – 66CHN 40
Match #1505 Aug 20:00TUR 4170 – 65CRO 42

Group B (28 July – 5 August 2012)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWTLPtsPoints
1FRA5010356–319Q
2AUS419353–322Q
3RUS328314–308Q
4CAN237328–332Q
5BRA146329–354
6GBR055327–372

Match #128 Jul 11:15RUS 4358 – 53CAN 44
Match #228 Jul 20:00FRA 4573 – 58BRA 46
Match #328 Jul 22:15AUS 4774 – 58GBR 48
Match #430 Jul 14:30FRA 4974 – 70AUS 50
Match #530 Jul 16:45RUS 5169 – 59BRA 52
Match #630 Jul 20:00CAN 5373 – 65GBR 54
Match #701 Aug 9:00FRA 5564 – 60CAN 56
Match #801 Aug 14:30AUS 5767 – 61BRA 58
Match #901 Aug 16:45RUS 5967 – 61GBR 60
Match #1003 Aug 11:15AUS 6170 – 66RUS 62
Match #1103 Aug 14:30CAN 6379 – 73BRA 64
Match #1203 Aug 20:00FRA 6580 – 77GBR 66
Match #1305 Aug 9:00FRA 6765 – 54RUS 68
Match #1405 Aug 14:30AUS 6972 – 63CAN 70
Match #1505 Aug 22:15BRA 7178 – 66GBR 72

Quarter-Finals (7 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #107 Aug 16:15AUS 7375 – 60CHN 74
Match #207 Aug 14:00USA 7591 – 48CAN 76
Match #307 Aug 20:00RUS 7766 – 63TUR 78
Match #407 Aug 22:15FRA 7971 – 68CZE 80

Semi-Finals (9 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #109 Aug 17:00USA 8186 – 73AUS 82
Match #209 Aug 21:00FRA 8381 – 64RUS 84

Final Round (11 August 2012)

Medal round.

Match 1/211 Aug 21:00USA 8586 – 50FRA 86
Match 3/411 Aug 17:00AUS 8783 – 74RUS 88

Rankings

Points
Scoring Average
2-point Field Goals Made
2-point Field Goals %
3-point Field Goals Made
3-point Field Goals %
Total Field Goals Attempted
Total Field Goals %
Free Throws Made
Free Throws %
Total Rebounds
Assists
Steals
Turnovers
Blocked Shots
Personal Fouls