Fowles & Cash members of USA Basketball Team of the Year
On the heels of gold-medal performances at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as undefeated exhibition records leading up to London, USA Basketball today named its 2012 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic/National Teams as co-recipients of the 2012 USA Basketball Team of the Year award. While the USA men stood atop the podium for a second-consecutive Olympic Games, the USA women captured an unprecedented fifth-straight Olympic gold medal.
“Winning a gold medal during an Olympic year, as far as USA Basketball is concerned, is the culmination of four years of hard work,” said USA women’s head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut). “So, for our men’s and women’s teams to be the team of the year is a reflection on the work USA Basketball does with all our partners. Every day, there are people working to make sure those four years end with a gold medal. I want to pass along congratulations to Coach K and the men’s team. They are just a bunch of super guys, and it was an honor and a thrill to be in London and watch them perform.”
“The chemistry we had and the camaraderie we had on this year’s Olympic team, although we’ve had really camaraderie in the past, just seemed to be at the highest level,” said USA men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University). “I actually thought we had even better camaraderie than any of the teams we played against, which is very unusual because those teams have been together for years, whether it be Spain, Argentina, Lithuania or France. Our guys really got along, and they had fun. I loved the fact that when the pressure was the most, they responded the best, and I think that was because they were such a close team.”
The USA Basketball Board of Directors is responsible for selecting USA Basketball’s annual coach, player and team of the year awards. “We are proud to be able to celebrate two remarkable teams that won medals in London with outstanding teamwork and sportsmanship,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. “Both teams represented USA Basketball and our country with pride, class and dignity both on and off the court.”
This year’s announcement marks the 17th time USA Basketball has presented the Team of the Year Award, which first was earned in 1996 by the historic USA Women’s National/Olympic Team.
2012 U.S. Olympic/Women’s National Team
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team wrapped up an 8-0 record to capture a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics held July 28–Aug. 11 in London, England, and extended its Olympic winning streak to 41 games. Led by Auriemma, the team included assistant coaches Doug Bruno (DePaul University), Jennifer Gillom (Washington Mystics) and Marynell Meadors, as well as Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
“The Olympic team is always an amazing time in ones professional career,” Taurasi said. “Being able to share the court with such determined teammates, having one goal in hand and all giving in to that, is what USA basketball is all about.” The USA topped teams by an average of 34.4 points per game during the Olympics and listed No. 1 in 15 of 19 major statistical categories among the 12-team field, including points averaged (90.6), field goal percentage (.484), rebounding margin (+17.2), blocked shots (41), assists (185), steals (84) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.67).
The squad recorded 2012 Olympic single-game highs for points scored (114), field goals made (52), field goals attempted (90), field goal percentage (.627), rebounds (62), assists (33), steals (15) and blocked shots (11). The team also set all-time U.S. Olympic single-game records for points (tied), rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted (tied), assists and blocked shots; as well as all-time U.S. Olympic competition records for field goals attempted (597), rebounds (404) and blocked shots (41). As part of USA Basketball’s Hoops for Troops program, Auriemma and members of the USA Women’s National Team conducted a clinic for approximately 50 children of military members on July 14 at the D.C. Armory.
USA Basketball Team of the Year Previous Winners
2012 U.S. Men’s & Women’s Olympic/National Teams
2011 USA Women’s FIBA U19 World Championship Team
2010 USA Men’s & Women’s FIBA World Championship Teams
2009 USA Men’s FIBA U19 World Championship Team
2008 U.S. Men’s & Women’s Olympic Teams
2007 USA Men’s & Women’s National Teams
2006 USA Men’s Senior National Team/World Championship Team
2005 USA Women’s FIBA U19 World Championship Team
2004 USA Women’s Senior National Team/U.S. Olympic Team
2003 USA World Championship for Young Women Team
2002 USA Women’s FIBA World Championship Team
2001 USA FIBA World Championship for Young Men Team
2000 USA Women’s Senior National Team/U.S. Olympic Team
1999 USA Men’s Tournament of the Americas Team
1998 USA Women’s FIBA World Championship Team
1997 USA Women’s FIBA Junior World Championship Team
1996 USA Women’s Senior National Team/U.S. Olympic Team