Auriemma and six former Huskies part of Team USA awarded with USA Basketball's Team of the Year Award
Jan. 10, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Basketball 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. University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma and six former Huskies were all part of Team USA women's basketball which went on to win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Former UConn standouts Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi were all part of the gold medal Team USA.
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. "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 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.
The honor also has been earned by the 2011 USA Women's U19 World Championship Team; the 2010 USA Men's and Women's FIBA World Championship Teams; the 2009 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team; the 2008 U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Teams; the 2007 USA Men's Senior National Team and USA Women's National Team; the 2006 Men's Senior National Team; the 2005 USA Women's FIBA U19 World Championship Team; 2000 and 2004 USA Women's Senior National/Olympic teams; the 2003 USA World Championship for Young Women Team; the 1998 and 2002 USA Women's World Championship squads; the 2001 USA World Championship For Young Men Team; 1999 USA Men's Tournament of the Americas Team; and the 1997 USA Women's Junior World Championship 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, Jennifer Gillom and Marynell Meadors, as well as Seimone Augustus, Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles, Asjha Jones, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen.
"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.