Fagbenle and GB Basketball Conclude Pool Play at 2012 London Olympics
Fagbenle averaged 4.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg for the host nation at the 2012 London Olympics (Ahmed Photography).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Temi Fagbenle and the Standard Life Great Britain women's basketball team played its final game in Pool Play Sunday, bringing an end to the squad's first-ever appearance in the Olympic tournament.
Great Britain finished with an 0-5 record in Pool B, but showed tremendous resiliency and fight for a team comprised entirely of first-time Olympians. GB lost to world-ranked No. 8 France on Friday on an overtime buzzer beater, while also taking No. 2 Russia and No. 11 Canada down to the wire. According to head coach Tom Maher, this was a very successful Olympic debut for a team looking to gain ground in the international game.
"The results have been magnificent," Maher was quoted as saying following Sunday's game. "I would have liked to have won but if France had missed that three-pointer at the buzzer, we would have won the game, other than that we shouldn't have won any. The fact that we are talking about 'can we beat these teams?' is unbelievable. We have gone from a grade C to a grade A."
Fagbenle played an important role in Great Britain's growth this summer, and figures to do so for years to come as the youngest member of the team at just 19 years of age.
"We played hard and we fought to the end and that's all that matters," stated Fagbenle. "I thought the fans were fantastic and I hope they enjoyed this, we're just sorry we couldn't get the win for them."
Fagbenle finished the tournament averaging 4.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 1.2 bpg while playing 20.0 minutes each night. The rising sophomore started each of Great Britain's first three games, and turned in a six-point, five-rebound, three-block performance against the medal-contending Russians.
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