ATLANTA DREAMS HARDING, MCCOUGHTRY NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2012 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM
- Dream players among 21 finalists in the mix for final roster -
ATLANTA, February 13, 2012 Atlanta Dream guard Lindsey Harding and forward Angel McCoughtry are among 21 USA Womens National Team members named as finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Womens Basketball Team. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Womens National Team Player Selection Committee.
Now that were down to 21 finalists, you look around and you see a group of players that have tremendous experience, said Geno Auriemma, 2009-12 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. Youve got a group of players that have experienced everything there is to experience and as a coach, as someone whos been around these players, I couldnt be happier with this group. They represent the best of what the United States has to offer.
Harding, a 5-8 guard, helped the Dream to the 2011 Eastern Conference Championship and a trip to the WNBA Finals in her first season in Atlanta. Harding earned a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational and a silver medal at the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament.
McCoughtry, a 6-1 forward, has led the Dream to back-to-back conference championships and finished as the WNBAs second-leading scorer in 2011. She helped USA Basketball to gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational and the 2007 Pan American Games. McCoughtry was the teams second leading scorer off the bench on the World Championship Team that posted a 9-0 record to capture the gold medal and qualify the U.S. for the 2012 Olympics.
The 21 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Womens Basketball Team include: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Baylor University), Lindsey Harding (Atlanta Dream), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars).
Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors is an assistant coach on Auriemmas staff for the 2012 Olympics. The U.S., the four-time defending Olympic gold medalists, will look to capture its fifth straight and seventh overall gold medal and extend its 33-game Olympic winning streak at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. The Olympic basketball competition will be held July 28-Aug. 12 in the Olympic Park Basketball Arena (preliminary round and quarterfinals) and North Greenwich Arena (semifinals and finals).
The Atlanta Dream tips off its fifth season this summer at Philips Arena as part of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), the worlds longest-running womens professional sports league. The Dream, the defending two-time, back-to-back Eastern Conference Champion, opens its home schedule on May 25 against the New York Liberty. Season and group tickets are on sale now and individual tickets will be available for purchase in the spring. For more information, visit www.AtlantaDream.net or call (877) 977-7729.