USA Basketball has announced the pool of women's players who will represent the USA in internal competition for 2014-2016, and what a pool it is! The list includes veteran WNBA and USA Basketball players like Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings, and Sue Bird; WNBA sophomores and USAB newcomers such as Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins, and Brittney Griner; and 6 college players. USA Basketball will use this pool of talent to select a national team to compete at the FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Moscow (June 5-7, 2014), the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey (Sept. 27-Oct. 5, 2014), the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto (July 10-26, 2015), and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (August 5-21, 2016).
Since women's basketball became an Olympic event in 1976, the United States has won seven gold medals -- including an unprecedented five straight team Olympic gold medals, culminating with the legendary 2012 London Olympic squad. The United States has also won a total of eight FIBA World Championships since the tournament's beginning in 1953 and are the current defending champs after defeating the Czech Republic 89-69 in 2010.
The full list of players selected for the pool is below.
2014-16 USA Women's Basketball Pool
3-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012), FIBA World Champion (2010), FIBA Bronze Medalist (2006)
WNBA Rookie of the Year (2004), 5-time WNBA All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011), 2-time WNBA Champion (2007, 2009), 5-time WNBA scoring champion (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), WNBA Most Valuable Player (2009), WNBA Finals MVP (2009)
3-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012), 2-time FIBA World Champion (2010, 2002), FIBA Bronze Medalist (2006)
7-time WNBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 20052007, 2009, 2011), 5-time Defensive Player of the Year (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012), Rookie of the Year (2002), 2-time Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (2010, 2013), WNBA Most Valuable Player (2011), WNBA Champion (2012), WNBA Finals MVP (2012)
3-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008, 2012), 2-time FIBA World Champion (2010, 2002), FIBA Bronze Medalist (2006), Jones Cup Gold Medalist (2000)
Also included in the pool:Stefanie Dolson (University of Connecticut), Kayla McBride (University of Notre Dame), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Odyssey Sims (Baylor University), Breanna Stewart(University of Connecticut), Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland)