The best Lithuanian players, playing for the Soviet Union national basketball team, won several titles with it.
As members of Soviet Union team, Lithuanians (men and women) in total won 17 Olympic medals (8 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze), 17 World championship medals (11 gold, 5 silver and one bronze), and 51 Euro Basket medals (36 gold, 4 silver and 11 bronze).
It has carved names of Elena Kubiliūnaitė-Garbačiauskienė, Ona Bartkevičiūtė-Butautienė, Jūratė Daktaraitė, Angelė Jankūnaitė-Rupšienė, Vida Šulskytė-Beselienė, Jurgita Štreimikytė-Virbickienė, Lina Dambrauskaitė and Irena Baranauskaitė.
In Euro Basket 2009, the Lithuanian women's basketball squad suffered a fiasco, just like the men's squad.
Because of that, Lithuania lost all the possibilities to qualify into the 2012 Summer Olympics, held in London.
Lithuanians then lost two more games while playing for 5-8th places and finished only 8th.The Lithuanian national team took 9–12 place after not reaching the knockout stage for the first time.After the European championship Algirdas Paulauskas returned to the Lithuanian squad once again.Basketball first reached Lithuania when the game was already 30 years old.The version originally played was the German (Dutch) variant, not the North American version invented by James Naismith.