BU at the 2012 London Olympic Games Preview: Women's Basketball

GO TERRIERS Rachael Vanderwal ('06) has spent five seasons playing in the Irish Women's SuperLeague prior to making the Team GB Olympic Team.
Rachael Vanderwal ('06) has spent five seasons playing in the Irish Women's SuperLeague prior to making the Team GB Olympic Team.

July 24, 2012

During the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games on July 27 - August 12, will feature a regularly updated blog following the Terriers who will be competing. Fans can expect schedule listings, updated links to watch the competitions, result recaps etc... For the first time ever, NBC will be featuring ALL of the events live online for fans to follow the action. 

Leading up to Friday's Opening Day ceremony, there will be a preview posted each day on the four sports featuring BU athletes: Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Rowing and Field Hockey. There will also be a look back at BU's participation in previous Olympic Games. 

Team GB: Team Website | Roster | Vanderwal's Bio

Women's Basketball: NBC Olympics | London Olympics Website

Video: The GB Shot Clock: Meet the Team | The Courtside Collective: Rachael Vanderwal

Articles: Do not underestimate my girls, says Maher (Team GB) | Great Britain -- Hosts hoping for a win (Full Court) | Olympics, here she comes! ( | Limerick basketball star set for Olympics (Limerick Leader)

Twitter Updates: @BUAthletics | @TeamGB | @GBBasketball | @rachvanderwal | @L2012Basketball

Former Boston University women’s basketball standout Rachael Vanderwal (’06) is set to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games after earning a spot on the Team GB first women’s basketball team to participate in the Olympics.

Vanderwal, one of 12 players selected to Team GB’s inaugural women’s basketball Olympic team, is eligible to compete for the British due to her mother being born in Merseyside, England. Team GB was granted automatic qualification to the London Games by FIBA in 2011, as Great Britain is the host nation.

The 2006 graduate from BU’s School of Education left Boston to play overseas in the Irish Women’s SuperLeague after graduation. She spent her first two seasons with Donoughmore (Cork), where she won back-to-back cup and league titles. After spending a season with Iona (Cork), Vanderwal signed with the University of Limerick and led the league in scoring.

In 2011, Vanderwal was named SuperLeague Player of the Year and led Limerick to the National title. Last season, she captained the team to its second straight SuperLeague title and the coveted National Cup title.

Leading up to the Summer Games, Team GB has picked up victories over No. 8 France, 74-67, and No. 4 Czech Republic, 81-57. Team GB has also faced the top two teams in the world during its summer tour. The team opened up a 21-10 lead in the opening quarter against the reigning Olympic champion United States squad before ultimately being handed an 88-63 defeat. The team also battled with No. 2 Australia, who will be Great Britain’s first-ever women’s basketball Olympic opponent, and fell, 87-63.

Great Britain is one of 12 teams participating in the Olympics and will be in Group B with five other squads. Four of them will advance to the quarterfinals.

Schedule (All times Eastern)
Saturday, July 28: vs. Australia, 5:15 p.m. (Watch Live)
Monday, July 30: vs. Canada, 3 p.m. (Watch Live)
Wednesday, Aug. 1: vs. Russia, 11:45 a.m. (Watch Live)
Friday, Aug. 3: vs. France, 3 p.m. (Watch Live)
Sunday, Aug. 5: vs. Brazil, 5:15 p.m. (Watch Live)
Tuesday, Aug. 7: Quarterfinals
Thursday, Aug. 9: Semifinals
Saturday, Aug. 11: Finals

The former Terrier finished her career at BU in 2006 as an America East All-Conference First Team selection while ranking in the top 10 in the league in points, rebounds and assists. Vanderwal led the Terriers to four straight AE championship game appearances. The 5-10 guard remains in the career top 10 for minutes played.

Vanderwal is the second from BU standout to earn a spot on a women's basketball Olympic team, as Debbie Miller ('81) was selected to represent the United States in the 1980 Olympic Games.

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