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Oct. 2, 2000

Charlottesville – Former University of Virginia All-American Dawn Staley won her second gold medal with the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team as the squad defeated host Australia, 76-54, on September 30 in Sydney, Australia. The defending gold medalist U.S. team won all eight games in the 2000 Olympics.

Staley, currently a point guard for the Charlotte Sting and head women’s basketball coach at Temple University, served as co-captain of the gold medal squad. She played in all eight games in the Olympics and averaged 4.0 points and 3.6 assists.

Five members of the team were veterans of the 1996 gold medal squad. In addition to Staley, Ruthie Bolton-Holifield, Lisa Leslie, Nikki McCray, and Sheryl Swoopes collected their second gold medal. The U.S. women have won four gold medals (2000, 1996, 1988, 1984), one silver (1976) and one bronze medal in their six Olympic appearances.

In 1996, Staley became the first basketball player at Virginia to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games. The point guard played in all eight games in Atlanta, Ga., and averaged 4.1 points and 3.5 assists.

2000 USA Women's Basketball Olympic ResultsSep.  16  South Korea   W   89-75Sep.  18  Cuba          W   90-61Sep.  20  Russia        W   88-77Sep.  22  New Zealand   W   93-42Sep.  24  Poland        W   76-57Sep.  27  Slovakia      W   58-43Sep.  29  South Korea   W   78-65Sep.  30  Australia     W   76-54

Final Standings1. USA (8-0)2. Australia (7-1)3. Brazil (4-4)4. South Korea (4-4)5. France (5-2)6. Russia (3-4)7. Slovakia (3-4)8. Poland (3-4)

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