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Hammon, Russian team falls to France in semifinal

Hammon's jersey is retired in the Moby rafters

Hammon's jersey is retired in the Moby rafters

Aug. 9, 2012

By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations

LONDON, England – Former CSU standout Becky Hammon and the Russian Olympic team fell to France, 81-64, in the semifinals Thursday, and will play for the bronze medal vs. Australia Saturday at 10 a.m. MDT.

Hammon, a South Dakota native, is now in her second Olympic Games with Russia, led the team with 13 points, tying her teammate Alena Danilochkina. Hammon also led the team to a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Games. This will be Russia’s third consecutive bronze medal, should they win on Saturday.

France got off to a quick start over Russia with a 10-1 run that they wouldn’t relinquish. After falling down by 14, Hammon led a Russian rally to bring it to within two early in the third quarter. The Russian team could not overtake the French however; who secured their victory in the last stanza.

Edwige Lawson-Wade led France tallying 18 points, while Emilie Gomis added 15. This is the French team’s second Olympic Games.

Hammon became a naturalized citizen before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She is eligible to compete for Russia because she has not played for the United States in any major International Basketball Federation-sanctioned international events.




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