BATON ROUGE, La. — Former LSU women’s basketball standouts Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles will take the court for their first game of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT. Team USA faces Senegal in the first competition of the preliminary round.
In exhibition action prior to the squad heading to Rio, the U.S. defeated Australia, Canada and France by an average of 25.7 points during its East Coast tour. It also opened its exhibition schedule with an 88-84 win over the USA Select Team.
The first Olympic gold medalists in the history of LSU women’s basketball, Augustus and Fowles are making their third Olympic appearances. Both hold gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 Olympic Games hosted in London. From coach Sue Gunter’s silver medal at the 1976 Games to coach Van Chancellor’s gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, LSU women’s basketball has been associated with six Olympic medals.
The United States (2014 FIBA World Championship gold medalist) was drawn into preliminary round group B along with Canada, Senegal (2015 FIBA Africa gold medalist), Serbia (2015 EuroBasket gold medalist) and China and Spain, two teams that earned their berths at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Following the opener against Senegal, the U.S. will face Spain on Aug. 8; Serbia on Aug. 10; Canada Aug. 12; and will conclude preliminary round play on Aug. 14 against China.
U.S. Olympic women’s basketball teams have earned a record seven gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal, and are 58-3 all-time in Olympic competition. The 2016 U.S. team will enter Rio riding a 41-game Olympic winning streak that dates back to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medal game.
Since the inception of the 1995-96 USA Basketball Women’s National Team program, the USA National Team, in addition to its record five-straight Olympic gold medals, has captured four FIBA World Championship gold medals, one FIBA World Championship bronze medal and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal, while compiling a remarkable 86-1 record for a .989 winning percentage in those events. Further, USA National Teams in exhibition contests since 1995 boast of a 186-15 record.
The opening ceremony is slated for Friday at 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on NBC.
For full coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Team, visit www.usab.com.