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Meet the U.S. Women's National Team

The U.S. Women's National Team will compete in the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Turkey starting on Sept. 27. The USA has dominated this event in the past, having won a record eight gold medals (including 2010), one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play.

Making the USA roster is no easy feat. A supremely talented and deep pool of players has been trimmed to just 12 players. Here's a closer look at the final roster and what they could bring to the team.



SEIMONE AUGUSTUS

WNBA Team: Minnesota Lynx

Position: G

Team USA Highlights: Olympic Gold (2012, 2008)

Analysis: Seimone Augustus' ability to create her own shot on the perimeter will be counted on in Turkey. She has the potential to be one of the team's leading scorers.




SUE BIRD

WNBA Team: Seattle Storm

Position: G

Team USA Highlights: Olympic Gold (2004, 2008, 2012), FIBA Gold (2002, 2010)

Analysis: Sue Bird, one of the most accomplished women's basketball players ever, becomes the first U.S. player to play on four USA World Championship teams. Bird and Diana Taurasi are clear leaders of the group.




TINA CHARLES

WNBA Team: New York Liberty

Position: C

Team USA Highlights: Olympics Gold (2012), FIBA Gold (2010)

Analysis: Tina Charles anchors this group of post players and will be a focal point on the offensive and defensive end. She has raked in numerous awards and honors for her time with the US National Team, including 2009 USAB Athlete of the Year and several scoring records.




CANDICE DUPREE

WNBA Team: Phoenix Mercury

Position: F

Team USA Highlights: FIBA Gold (2010)

Analysis: Candace Dupree had an incredible postseason for the WNBA Championship-winning Phoenix Mercury. Her deadly shooting percentage and overall efficiency will lend a lot to Team USA.




BRITTNEY GRINER

WNBA Team: Phoenix Mercury

Position: C

Team USA Highlights: Team USA FIBA Rookie

Analysis: Brittney Giner is on her way to becoming the premier center in all of women's basketball and she proved it this season by winning Defensive Player of the Year and helping to lead her team to the championship. If she is able to play -- she is dealing with an eye injury suffered during the WNBA Finals - her presence in the middle will substantially bolster Team USA's defense.




ANGEL McCOUGHTRY

WNBA Team: Atlanta Dream

Position: G/F

Team USA Highlights: Olympic Gold (2012), FIBA Gold (2010)

Analysis: Angel McCoughtry is known for her high scoring and unreserved style of play. This season, she balanced her scoring with her passing and she'll bring all of her tools to Team USA.




MAYA MOORE

WNBA Team: Minnesota Lynx

Position: F

Team USA Highlights: Olympic Gold (2012), FIBA Gold (2010)

Analysis: There's nothing the 2014 MVP can't do. Maya Moore will likely dominate in internatinal play as she did on the WNBA court this season. She'll certainly be one of the team's leading scorers.




NNEKA OGWUMIKE

WNBA Team: Los Angeles Sparks

Position: F

Team USA Highlights: Team USA FIBA Rookie

Analysis: Nneka Ogwumike has been one of the team's best players so far. Her relentless energy and hustle will be a welcome addition.




ODYSSEY SIMS

WNBA Team: Tulsa Shock

Position: G

Team USA Highlights: Team USA FIBA Rookie

Analysis: Odyssey Sims had an impressive rookie season in the WNBA averaging 16.7 PPG for the Tulsa Shock. Her scoring prowess and ability to play both guard positions could be an asset to this team.




BREANNA STEWART

WNBA Team: University of Connecticut Huskies

Position: F/C

Team USA Highlights: Team USA FIBA Rookie

Analysis: A senior at UCONN, Breanna Stewart is the youngest of the bunch, but she already has plenty of international experience.




DIANA TAURASI

WNBA Team: Phoenix Mercury

Position: G

Team USA Highlights: Olympic Gold (2004, 2008 & 2012), FIBA Gold (2010)

Analysis: Diana Taurasi is undoubtedly one of the best to ever play the game. This 2014 WNBA Finals MVP led her team to a WNBA championship this year and she'll be a leader on this team as well.




LINDSAY WHALEN

WNBA Team: Minnesota Lynx

Position: G

Team USA Highlights: Olympic Gold (2012), FIBA Gold (2010)

Analysis: Lindsay Whalen is perhaps a bit underrated, but as a two-time WNBA championship-winning point guard, she knows what it takes to win. Her assist numbers are especially impressive and important.