35 Current and Former WNBA Players to Compete in 2014 FIBA World Championship
NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2014 – The WNBA will have a significant presence at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey, tipping off Saturday, Sept. 27. Thirty-five current and former WNBA players will be featured on rosters of 11 of the 16 participating countries, including Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.
In all, 21 current WNBA players will be in action, including 11 of the 12 members comprising the USA World Championship Team. The USA squad is led by the Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird, the first four-time USA World Championship Team member, and the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, the reigning MVP of the 2014 WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile and a three-time member of the USA’s World Championship squad. Both veterans were members of the USA’s gold-medal-winning teams at the 2002 and 2010 FIBA World Championships.
Nine other current WNBA stars will be representing the United States, including 2010 USA World Championship Team gold medalists Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Candice Dupree (Phoenix), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota), along with 2006 bronze medalist Seimone Augustus (Minnesota), and a trio of first-time participants – Brittney Griner (Phoenix), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), and Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock).
In addition to those playing for the U.S., there are 10 current WNBA players representing Australia, Brazil, France, Serbia, and Spain. Australia’s roster includes Erin Phillips and Penny Taylor of the 2014 WNBA champion Mercury, while Atlanta’s Nadia Colhado and Erika de Souza, and Minnesota’s Damiris Dantas will take to the court for Brazil. France will be represented by Atlanta’s Celine Dumerc and Los Angeles’ Sandrine Gruda, the Washington Mystics’ Jelena Milovanovic will suit up for Serbia, and New York’s Anna Cruz and Atlanta’s Sancho Lyttle will play for their home country of Spain.
Current WNBA rosters featuring multiple World Championship participants include Atlanta (5 – Colhado, de Souza, Dumerc, Lyttle, and McCoughtry), Phoenix (5 – Dupree, Griner, Phillips, Taurasi, and Taylor), Minnesota (4 – Augustus, Dantas, Moore, and Whalen), New York (2 – Charles and Cruz), and Los Angeles (2 – Gruda and Ogwumike).
Coaches at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women also carry WNBA pedigrees. Among those serving as assistants to Head Coach Geno Auriemma on the U.S. squad are Minnesota Lynx Head Coach Cheryl Reeve, University of South Carolina Head Coach and WNBA All-Decade Team member Dawn Staley, and former Houston Comets and Cleveland Rockers star Jennifer Rizzotti.
NBA TV will televise up to five USA Basketball World Championship Team matchups during the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, beginning with a Group Phase matchup between the USA and China on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 2:30 p.m. ET. In addition, all the games from Turkey will be carried by ESPN3/WatchESPN. The gold medal game, regardless of who is playing, will be televised by ESPN2.
The USA finished with a perfect 9-0 record and took home the gold in the last FIBA World Championship for Women held in the Czech Republic in 2010, and posted an 8-0 mark en route to a fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games.
Current and Former WNBA Players in the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women
|Player||WC Team||Current/Last WNBA Team|
|Seimone Augustus*||United States||Minnesota Lynx|
|Miranda Ayim||Canada||Tulsa Shock|
|Sue Bird*||United States||Seattle Storm|
|Tina Charles*||United States||New York Liberty|
|Nadia Colhado*||Brazil||Atlanta Dream|
|Anna Cruz*||Spain||New York Liberty|
|Damiris Dantas*||Brazil||Minnesota Lynx|
|Erika de Souza*||Brazil||Atlanta Dream|
|Silvia Dominguez||Spain||Seattle Storm|
|Celine Dumerc*||France||Atlanta Dream|
|Candice Dupree*||United States||Phoenix Mercury|
|Emile Gomis||France||New York Liberty|
|Brittney Griner*||United States||Phoenix Mercury|
|Sandrine Gruda*||France||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Laura (Summerton) Hodges||Australia||Connecticut Sun|
|Rachel Jarry||Australia||Minnesota Lynx|
|Yelena Leuchanka||Belarus||Atlanta Dream|
|Sancho Lyttle*||Spain||Atlanta Dream|
|Nuria Martinez||Spain||Minnesota Lynx|
|Angel McCoughtry*||United States||Atlanta Dream|
|Jelena Milovanovic*||Serbia||Washington Mystics|
|Leilani Mitchell||Australia||New York Liberty|
|Maya Moore*||United States||Minnesota Lynx|
|Yuko Oga||Japan||Phoenix Mercury|
|Nnemkadi Ogwumike*||United States||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Erin Phillips*||Australia||Phoenix Mercury|
|Adriana Pinto||Brazil||Phoenix Mercury|
|Odyssey Sims*||United States||Tulsa Shock|
|Belinda Snell||Australia||Seattle Storm|
|Diana Taurasi*||United States||Phoenix Mercury|
|Penny Taylor*||Australia||Phoenix Mercury|
|Shona Thorburn||Canada||Seattle Storm|
|Jana Vesela||Czech Republic||Seattle Storm|
|Lindsay Whalen*||United States||Minnesota Lynx|
|Nevriye Yilmaz||Turkey||San Antonio Stars|