The first nine players have been named to the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team. See photos, video and the list of players below.
USA Basketball announced the first nine players to the 2008 Women’s Olympic Basketball Team today. The following players will head to Beijing this summer:
Lisa Leslie – Los Angeles Sparks
Katie Smith – Detroit Shock
Sue Bird – Seattle Storm
Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury
Tina Thompson – Houston Comets
Seimone Augustus – Minnesota Lynx
Sylvia Fowles – Chicago Sky
Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks
Cappie Pondexter – Phoenix Mercury
There are three spots remaining on the team, and the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team Committee will finalize the 12 member roster by July 1st.
Anne Donovan, the U.S. Olympic head coach, is said to be quite happy with the nine players chosen thus far.
“I’m just thrilled to have these nine players officially named to the team,�? said U.S. Olympic head coach Anne Donovan. “It’s such a great mixture of Olympic gold medalists with some really tremendous young talent. I love the combination of players that we have. We have Olympians who have experienced multiple Games like Lisa Leslie and Katie Smith, some who are returning for their second Olympics and then we have a very talented group of first-timers. Looking at these nine players, we’ve really covered the gamut in terms of experience and we have a tremendous balance of perimeter and post play.�?
The U.S. team will start Olympic pool play on August 9th against a team that has yet to be determined. They play China on August 11th. Back in April, the Chinese team beat the U.S. in a gold medal Olympic test game, but the U.S. team didn’t have Sue bird, Diana Taurasi, Cappy Pondexter or Seimone Augustus – they were all playing abroad.
The 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team are looking to win their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Lisa Leslie is hoping for her fourth Olympic gold medal as well. Good Luck ladies!
See more photos and video of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team below.