Shoutout to the wizards that are running BigEast.com for assembling a full and complete list of former Big East athletes that are participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Without their assistance, I would not have realized that former Marquette women’s basketball player Katherine Plouffe is playing for the Canadian women’s national team.
Plouffe averaged 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in her 126 game Marquette career. She was a part of the most recent Golden Eagle squad to qualify for the NCAA tournament, which came during her freshman year. While Marquette didn’t have a lot of postseason success in Plouffe’s time in Milwaukee, she was still an outstanding player for head coach Terri Mitchell, earning all-Big East honors in each of her final three seasons. Plouffe capped off her stellar Marquette career by averaging a double-double (17.1 points & 10.3 rebounds), earning a unanimous spot on the all-Big East First Team, and being named the 2013-14 Big East Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Canada is making their second straight appearance in the Summer Olympic basketball tournament. It’s just the second time in tournament history that the Canadian women’s have qualified for consecutive Olympics. They made their way into the field courtesy of a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas tournament, which is probably making you say “hey, wait a minute,” but don’t worry: Team USA automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympics by winning the 2012 gold medal, so they didn’t have to play in the FIBA Americas qualifying tournament.
Canada will play in Group B for the preliminary round of the Olympic tournament. The top four teams in each of the two groups will advance to the knockout rounds which begin on Tuesday, August 16th.
Group B happens to be the same group as the United States, and the game between those two teams will be televised on NBC Sports Network. The remainder of Canada’s games will be televised on the basketball specialty channel that NBC/Universal is launching for the Olympics. However, it appears that the games will be tape delayed because they’re sharing the specialty channel with the men’s basketball tournament. It appears that the games will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Live Extra app.
All times Central
Saturday, August 6
12:15pm: Canada vs China (Basketball Channel at 2pm)
Monday, August 8
12:15pm: Canada vs Serbia (Basketball Channel at 2pm)
Wednesday, August 10
3:45pm: Canada vs Senegal (Basketball Channel at 6:45pm)
Friday, August 12
1:30pm: Canada vs United States (NBC Sports Network)
Sunday, August 14
3:45pm: Canada vs Spain (Basketball Channel at 6:45pm)