Two Trojans Aiming To Add To Basketball Gold Tally
Aug. 21, 2008
While several first-time Trojan Olympians have gathered in their first-ever Olympic medals while in Beijing, two former Trojans are making a bee-line for a solid set of gold medals this week. Trojan greats Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson have been mainstays on the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team for years now. Now a four-time Olympian, Leslie already has three golds to her name, and Thompson joined in the medal haul in 2000 to carry a pair of golds entering this 2008 Olympic Games. On August 23, the two Women of Troy will again helm Team USA in another gold-medal game, as the United States faces Australia in the final in Beijing for a shot at claiming a fourth consecutive gold for the U.S. women.
The path to this quadrennial's gold-medal game has been fairly smooth for Team USA. Thanks to a string of strong games from Leslie and Thompson and an overall overwhelming offensive attack by the United States, the defending gold-medallists have tacked up seven powerful wins en route to the 2008 medal round. The tightest match was this latest semifinal clash with Russia, which the USA worked past for a 67-52 win that launched the Americans into the final.
Leslie has averaged 9.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in Team USA's seven games so far. Thompson averages 13.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. She scored a game-high 27 in the USA's second game, a 108-63 win over host China. Leslie has notched two double-doubles to date in Beijing. Her first was a 10-point, 10-rebound outing vs. China. She later had 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 93-55 win over Spain.