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U.S. women’s Olympic team by the numbers
By BASN Wire Services
Here are some facts and figures about the U.S. women’s Olympic team entering the 2016 Rio Olympics:
1: The U.S. women’s national team is ranked No. 1 in the FIBA world rankings.
3: Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi are the team’s three captains.
4: Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi are making their fourth Olympic appearances, tied with Lisa Leslie for the second most all time. Teresa Edwards holds the record with five.
5: The U.S. has won five consecutive Olympic gold medals.
6: Sue Bird has won a combined six gold medals at the Olympics (three) and FIBA World Championship (three), matching Teresa Edwards for the all-time record.
7: The U.S. has won a record seven gold medals at the Olympics.
9: Nine women in USA Basketball history, including four players on the 2016 Olympic team, have earned an NCAA title, a WNBA title, an Olympic gold medal and a FIBA World Championship gold medal. The 2016 Olympians on the list are Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi. The other five players are Swin Cash, Cynthia Cooper, Asjha Jones, Sheryl Swoopes and Kara Wolters.
12: All 12 of the U.S. players began competing for USA Basketball while still in high school or college
23-0: Coach Geno Auriemma has guided the U.S. team to a 23-0 record and gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships.
29.2: The Americans’ average margin of victory in the last five Olympics is 29.2 points.
41: Team USA has won 41 consecutive games at the Olympics, a streak that dates to the bronze-medal game at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
86-1: In the last 20 years, the U.S. has compiled an 86-1 record in major international competitions.