Cayla George

George who would play in both the U/19 and U/21 World Championships where she won the silver medal with the U/21 side. She played at the Summer University Games in 2011 before helping the Australian side to the 2011 Oceania Championships title that helped the team qualify for the London 2012 Games. She headed overseas in 2012 where she would play two seasons in France. She returned to win the WNBL title with the Townsville Fire in the 2014/15 season before they went back-to-back in the 2015/16 season. Between these victories she headed to the Phoenix Mercury to get her first taste of WNBA competition. After helping the side qualify for the 2016 Games at the Oceania Championships she was given her chance to make her Olympic debut in Rio.

Australia opened their Rio campaign against hosts Brazil and after trailing by ten at the first break, the side fought back to secure a 84-66 win. A close victory over Turkey was followed up with another dominant 18 point victory over France. Facing Japan in their fourth match, the side was down by 16 early in the fourth quarter before fighting back to claim a 92-86 win. George’s best game came in their final group match against Belarus where she scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as Australia got the win and finished the group undefeated to set up a quarter-final clash with Serbia. The match was back and forth the whole way with Serbia claiming a two point lead with just 10 seconds to go. The Aussies had the chance to level the match but couldn’t score as the side's run of five straight women’s Olympic basketball medals came to an end.

In nine minutes a match, George averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds throughout the Rio tournament. 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Basketball - Women
Preliminary Round Group A HT: 39-35 BRA 66 - 84 Win
Preliminary Round Group A HT: 26-29 TUR 61 - 56 Win
Preliminary Round Group A HT: 46-29 FRA 89 - 71 Win
Preliminary Round Group A HT: 50-48 JPN 86 - 92 Win
Preliminary Round Group A HT: 36-39 BLR
Quarterfinal HT: 37-35 SRB 71 - 73 Loss
Final Placing 5 / 12