|#||Name||P||Height||DOB||Place Of Birth||Club|
|09/05/1982||Shizuoka, Japan||Fujitsu Redwave, WJBL (JPN)|
|23/08/1989||Kyoto, Japan||Denso Iris, WJBL (JPN)|
|21/08/1978||Aomori, Japan||Fujitsu Red Wave (JPN)|
|18/08/1978||Iyomishima, Japan||Conquero, LFB (ESP)|
|11/06/1991||Kita-Ku, Tokyo, Japan|
|14/03/1983||Kiso-gun, Nagano, Japan||Fujitsu Red Wave (JPN)|
|09/10/1987||Tokyo, Japan||JX Sunflowers, WJBL (JPN)|
|17/10/1982||Tokushima, Japan||JX Sunflowers, WJBL (JPN)|
|Min||Minutes played||Tot||Total rebounds||BS||Block Shots|
|%||Shooting percentage||PF||Personal fouls||G||Played Games|
Still In The Hunt
Team history :
Japan didn't get what they wanted when hosting the 2011 FIBA Asian Championship for Women.
All was not lost, however, for a team that boasts the exquisite talent of Yuko Oga because by rebounding with a win against Chinese Taipei, Japan booked a place in the 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women.
Japan will go to Turkey, where the tournament will be held from June 25 to July 1, with a lot of confidence.
"We have a very good mixture of youth and experience," Oga said.
"And the best part is, in terms of skills and abilities, there is not much difference between these groups."
Japan, rest assured, is a team that can take one of the five Olympic spots up for grabs in Turkey.
When turning on all cylinders, Nakagawa's team is a handful for any opponent.
Remember 2010, when Japan played at the FIBA World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic?
Oga was not only that tournament's leading scorer at 19.1 points per contest, but also a clutch player.
The 1.70m shooting guard had a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot against Argentina, and 10 points in the fourth quarter of Japan's 63-59 victory over Greece.
She buried 12 of 30 (40%) shots from long range in the tournament.
Japan won just two of eight games, but only European powerhouse Russia and eventual bronze-medalists Spain beat them badly.
Nakagawa's team edged Argentina in a 59-58 thriller on Oga's basket, fell 66-60 in an upset bid of eventual silver-medal winners the Czech Republic - the host nation - and suffered heart-breaking defeats to Brazil (93-91) and Korea (65-64).
Against Greece and their superstar Evina Maltsi, Japan prevailed 63-59 and then ended the Championship with another narrow defeat to Brazil, 84-79.
No wonder Japan went into this year's FIBA Asia Championship with high hopes.
But when China, the No. 7 team in the FIBA World Rankings for Women, won their pivotal encounter 76-62 on August 27, Japan's first chance of making it to London disappeared.
"I had a lot of dreams before this tournament," said the 22-year-old center Maki Takada, who averaged 10.7 points per game for Japan.
"I was really determined to take the team to the Olympics.
"It was heartbreaking when we lost."
Takada made sure Japan did not end the event on a sour note, however, by pouring in 25 points in their 83-56 drubbing of Chinese Taipei in the third-place game.
The result ensured Japan's presence in the 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women.
Takada, a 1.83m center, is one reason why there is hope that Japan can make it to London because her role has become increasingly important to the national side.
Takada has played at two FIBA Asia Championships and a World Championship.
The former, a 1.80m guard who was Japan's third leading scorer at the Asian Championship at 8.8 points per game, doesn't celebrate her 18th birthday until December 29.
The latter is only 21 and was a steady performer at the Asian Championship.
Three times in their history, Japan's women have played at Olympic Games with their best finish of fifth coming in Montreal in 1976.
At the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Japan opened with a narrow triumph over Senegal and then lost in games to Latvia, the Czech Republic and Cuba.
|2015||FIBA Asia Women's Championship||1st|
|2013||FIBA Asia Championship for Women||1st|
|2011||FIBA Asia Championship for Women||3rd|
|2009||FIBA Asia Championship for Women||3rd|
|2007||FIBA Asia Championship for Women||3rd|
|2003||Asian Championship for Women||2nd|
|2001||Asian Championship for Women||2nd|
|1999||Asian Championship for Women||2nd|
|1997||Asian Championship for Women||2nd|
|1995||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1994||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1992||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1990||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1984||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1982||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1980||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1978||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1976||Asian Championship for Women||3rd|
|1975||World Championship for Women||2nd|
|1974||Asian Championship for Women||2nd|
|1970||Asian Championship for Women||1st|
|1968||Asian Championship for Women||2nd|
|1965||Asian Championship for Women||2nd|