Tamika Catchings will making her second Olympic appearance after helping the USA earn a gold medal in 2004.
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COLORADO SPRINGS (July 10, 2008) - A pair of Olympic gold medalists, Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and DeLisha Milton-Jones (Los Angeles Sparks), along with Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), were named today by USA Basketball to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
The trio rounds out the official 12-member USA roster that will head to Beijing in hopes of defending the USA's string of three consecutive Olympic gold medals.
Selections were made by the USA Basketball
Women's Senior National Team Committee, chaired by WNBA chief of basketball
operations and player relations Reneé Brown.
"The committee had a difficult time with these final three names because of the level of talent in our pool," said Brown. "However, ultimately we feel that the experience and leadership that we've added to the team in Tamika Catchings, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Kara Lawson are the final pieces to this puzzle. Tamika and DeLisha both know what it takes to be Olympic champions and will help this team defensively. Kara is a tremendous team player who made the most of her opportunities during the FIBA Americas Championship and over the past year has proven herself as a member of this team."