Fagbenle One Step Closer to Making Roster for 2012 London Olympics
Fagbenle is one of 14 players still alive for a spot on Great Britain's 2012 Olympic Team (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Temi Fagbenle has made it through two rounds of cuts and is now one of the final 14 in contention for a roster spot on Great Britain's 2012 Olympic team.
Fagbenle began training camp on May 5 as one of 20 Olympic hopefuls and has been singled out by head coach Tom Maher as being particularly impressive. "We have a real fillip with one girl coming in for her first year in Temi Fagbenle. She's special," commented Maher.
The latest cuts were made just ahead of Great Britain's warm-up opener against Croatia on Monday. Croatia took the opening game, 81-59, before edging out Britain on Tuesday, 77-74. Fagbenle scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in Tuesday's contest.
Britain will play a total of 17 warm-up games including tilts in Belgium, Turkey, China and the Czech Republic, as well as a pair of tournaments in Edinburgh, England and Sheffield, England. Great Britain's final 12-player Olympic roster will be announced Friday, June 22.
Great Britain, as host, has received an automatic qualification to this year's Olympic women's basketball competition. The tournament is set to begin on Saturday, July 28 and will run through Sunday, Aug. 12. All games will be played at the newly built Basketball Arena and the North Greenwich Arena.