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Twenty-five athletes named as finalists for 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team

Published on January 25, 2016


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Finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team include:

  • Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx)
  • Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
  • Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)
  • Tina Charles (New York Liberty)
  • Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
  • Skylar Diggins (Dallas Wings)
  • Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics)
  • Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
  • Brittney Griner(Phoenix Mercury)
  • Briann January (Indiana Fever)
  • Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks
  • Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm)
  • Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars)
  • Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)
  • Maya Moore(Minnesota Lynx)
  • Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut Sun)
  • Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
  • Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
  • Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars
  • Odyssey Sims (Dallas Wings)
  • Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut)
  • Diana Taurasi(Phoenix Mercury)
  • Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky)
  • Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx)

Twenty-five of the nation’s top women’s basketball players have been named as finalists for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. The 25 finalists were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee, which will select the official 12-member U.S. Olympic Team later this year.

The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will conduct a training camp Feb. 21-23 at the University of Connecticut. Athletes taking part in the minicamp, which is expected to be the final training before the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team is selected, will be announced at a later date and will come from the pool of finalists.

Naming the Olympic Team finalists is another step in our selection process,” said Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee. “Because of the quality and talent in the USA National Team pool, every time we pare the list it is a difficult task. Yet, we eventually have to get down to a 12-member team, so we conscientiously look at the present goal of winning a gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games with an eye to sustaining our success in the future. This list of finalists is a mix of veterans, youth, international savvy and USA Basketball experience.

“What adds to the challenge of picking a team is the devotion and commitment all of our athletes have to our USA National Team and representing their country, especially given the year-round play many of them have in the WNBA and on overseas teams.”

“I think the committee has a tough decision ahead of it,” said USA and Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who has directed the USA National Team to an overall 23-0 record and gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships. “When I look at this list of athletes, we could split them down the middle and have two very competitive teams. We have a great mix of gold medalists and players who are hungry to play in their first Olympics. There is versatility at all positions. Our posts are the strongest we’ve seen in years, we have guys who can shoot, guys who can defend, and I’m just happy I don’t have to make the decision as to who will be playing in Rio.”

Auriemma on the addition of Jewell Loyd to the list:

“I think her addition is because of some of the success she had during the summer playing in Seattle. There is a concerted effort to get as many guards into this training camp as possible because we can’t just think about now, we also have to think about the future. She is one of the best young players in the league and deserves to be there.”


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