Aja WilsonThe WNBA MVP twice and Brianna Stewartthe best player in the Tokyo Olympics, tops the list of women’s basketball players in the United States with a new look for the Basketball World Cup that begins Thursday in Sydney (Wednesday night in the United States).
Wilson and Stewart, both seniors, are joined on the World Cup squad by fellow Olympic gold medalists – The Guard Chelsea GrayAnd the Joel LloydAnd the Ariel Atkins And the Kelsey Bloomrunner-up in the WNBA MVP vote for Wilson.
The #1 overall draft pick of 2020 by the WNBA Sabrina Unescu The 2021 WNBA Finals MVP Kolaya copper They are scheduled to participate in the world championship for the first time.
It is the beginning of a new era for American basketball after the retirement of the base So Birdwho has played in both Olympics and worlds from 2002 through the Tokyo Games.
Diana Taurasi She will miss a world championship for the first time since her Olympic debut with Bird in 2004. The 40-year-old shooting guard suffered a season-ending quadruple injury in the NBA earlier this summer.
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The United States also lacks powerful influencers: Silvia Fowlesa four-time Olympic champion who retired this summer; Tina Charles, a three-time Olympic champion said last month that she “served my time” with the national team; And the Britney Greinerthe two-time Olympic champion who has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 with US officials hoping to bring her home in a prisoner exchange.
Add it all up, it’s the first time since the 1994 Finals – before the current dynasty started at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics – that the US Olympics or World Cup roster doesn’t include anyone over the age of 30. Prior to the 1994 World Cup, every American Olympian was age 29 or younger, according to Olympedia.org.
Alyssa Thomas He is the only player on the team to survive the last time the United States lost an Olympic game in 1992.
Cheryl Reeve Minnesota Linux Fajr Staly As head coach of this Olympic cycle.
The United States will be favored for expanding its dominance between the Olympics and the World Championships – 52 consecutive wins and seven consecutive gold medals since losing in the 2006 semi-finals to Russia.
The United States beat all seven of its opponents in Tokyo by double digits except for Nigeria, which was defeated by nine. The Nigeria Football Federation has withdrawn its team from the World Cup due to governance issues. Australia may be the biggest threat as host, but without a star Liz Campagewhich may end with the national team.
List of US women’s basketball team for the Basketball World Cup
Ariel Atkins – Tokyo Olympics
Chelsea Gray – Tokyo Olympic
Joel Lloyd – Tokyo Olympics
Kelsey Bloom – Olympic Tokyo (3×3)
Brianna Stewart – Tokyo Olympics
Aja Wilson – Tokyo Olympics
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