First off, Congratulations to Team USA for capturing the gold medal and reclaiming their spot as the world’s number one team. There was some concern going in to this world championship that Team USA didn’t have enough star-studded firepower to beat teams like Australia and Russia. But Geno & Team USA proved that teamwork and solid defense can & will conquer ALL (literally).
What was most surprising to me, was the fifth place finish of Australia, the defending champs coming into this tournament. In 2006, Australia claimed the gold medal with a perfect 9-0 record, but this was the year of perfection for Team USA.
The Czech Republic, who received an automatic berth as the host country, came in ranked 6th, definitely enjoyed some ‘home-cooking,’ capturing the silver medal-their first since 1975 (bronze). AND Spain ranked 5th, goes home with the bronze medal, a huge jump from their 8th place finish in 2006.
Back to Team USA..Angel McCoughtry played great basketball in her very first (and definitely not last) world championships. McCoughtry played with great energy off the bench and provided some solid D.
So I wonder will this be the 12 woman team we’ll see in 2012 at the Olympics? Stay tuned…