Friday, June 29, 2012

Ex-VCU star Hollingsworth punches Olympics ticket

Ex-VCU star Quanitra Hollingsworth had 12 points and 8 rebounds to help Turkey qualify for the London Olympics by bouncing Argentina 72-58 in the qualifying tournament quarterfinals Friday in Ankara, Turkey.

The four quarterfinal winners each receive Olympics bids. A fifth bid will go to the winner of a four-team bracket of the quarterfinal losers. Croatia, Czech Republic and France joined Turkey in qualifying for the Olympics Friday. Quarterfinals losers Canada, Argentina, Japan and South Korea will compete for the final Olympics slot.

Hollingsworth, who recently acquired Turkish citizenship with these Summer Olympics in mind, averaged 11.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in the tournament for Turkey, which went 3-0 with victories over Puerto Rico and Japan in addition to the triumph over Argentina.

Teams that have qualified for the 12-team London Olympics tournament
United States
Great Britain
Czech Republic
The final slot will go to either Canada, Argentina, Japan or South Korea


  1. I have a problem with a U.S. citizen playing for a foreign country. Maybe she should stay in Turkey after the Games.

  2. I'm sure you're not alone in feeling this way. I remember Becky Hammon caught all kinds of flak for joining the Russian team four years ago. But like it or not, this kind of thing is fairly common with all international sports these days, not just in women's basketball. So I don't think this is a reflection on her patriotism. She simply took advantage of an opportunity like many others before her.

    1. It is amazing how you would have a problem with US citizens playing for foreign countries, but do you have that same problem when foreign citizens play for the U.S.? Just wondering whether your street is one way or not.