Fagbenle and GB Basketball Will Make Olympic Debut Saturday

Fagbenle and GB Basketball Will Make Olympic Debut Saturday

Fagbenle and the GB women's team will make their Olympic debut Saturday against Australia (Ahmed Photography).

Temi Fagbenle on English holiday - ESPN Boston

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Temi Fagbenle (@TemiFagbenle) and the Standard Life Great Britain women's basketball team (@GBBasketball) will take part in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics on Friday at 4 p.m. EST, and will begin preliminary round Pool Play on Saturday.

Great Britain, making its first appearance in the Olympic Games, will be competing in Pool B and will face Australia at 5:15 p.m. EST on Saturday in its first game. GB will also take on Canada (July 30), Russia (Aug. 1), France (Aug. 3) and Brazil (Aug. 5), with the top four teams from the pool advancing to the quarterfinals. Pool A consists of Angola, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkey and Team USA. Fans can follow @HarvardCrimson on Twitter to receive updates on Fagbenle and GB throughout the tournament.

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Preliminary Round Pool Play


Saturday, July 28

Monday, July 30

Wednesday, August 1

Friday, August 3

Sunday, August 5

4:00 a.m. EST

China vs. Czech Republic

Croatia vs. China

Canada vs. France

Angola vs. Croatia

France vs. Russia

6:15 a.m. EST

Canada vs. Russia

Czech Republic vs. Turkey

China vs. Angola

Russia vs. Australia

Angola vs. Czech Republic

9:30 a.m. EST

Turkey vs. Angola

France vs. Australia

Australia vs. Brazil

Brazil vs. Canada

Canada vs. Australia

11:45 a.m. EST

USA vs. Croatia

Russia vs. Brazil

Great Britain vs. Russia

Turkey vs. China

China vs. USA

3:00 p.m. EST

Brazil vs. France

Great Britain vs. Canada

Croatia vs. Czech Republic

France vs. Great Britain

Croatia vs. Turkey

5:15 p.m. EST

Australia vs. Great Britain

Angola vs. USA

USA vs. Turkey

Czech Republic vs. USA

Great Britain vs. Brazil

Fagbenle is expected to play a large role in Great Britain's game plan after averaging 20 minutes over the team's final four exhibition games. The rising sophomore notched 6.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg while shooting 40.7 percent in the four contests, and earned the start at power forward against Team USA. GB went 2-2 during this stretch, defeating Angola and France while falling to Australia and Team USA.

Fagbenle is only the second Olympian in Ivy League women's basketball history and just the fifth basketball Olympian in the Ancient Eight's storied past. She joins Brown's Martina Jerant (Canda, 1996), Princeton's Bill Bradley (United States, 1964) and Konrad Wysocki (Germany, 2008), and Dartmouth's Crawford Palmer (France, 2000).

The London native matriculated to Cambridge this past fall as the program's first-ever McDonald's All-American. She was ranked 13th overall in the Class of 2011 by ESPN HoopGurlz, and was the fifth ranked forward on the list. She led Great Britain's U18 National Team to the 2010 Women's European Championship, and was named Great Britain's U18 Player of the Year as a result. As a senior at Blair Academy, she was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year after guiding her team to the state and MAPL championships .  After sitting a year in residency, Fagbenle will enter the 2012-13 season as a sophomore at Harvard.

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