The 12-player roster for Workforce USA girls’s basketball is about and able to play for a seventh consecutive gold medal. The workforce is headlined by two gamers chasing a fifth gold: Sue Chicken and Diana Taurasi, in addition to six first-time Olympians together with A’ja Wilson, Napheesa Collier, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jewell Loyd, Ariel Atkins and Chelsea Grey. The roster is rounded out by Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles, and Breanna Stewart.
The workforce controversially gained’t embrace Nneka Ogwumike, the WNBA star who has competed for Workforce USA in varied competitions together with the 2020 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Event, the place she gained MVP. The 30-year-old is the one former WNBA MVP to not compete at any Olympic video games (to this point).
Even with out Ogwumike, Workforce USA is the overwhelming Olympic favourite. The workforce is about to play three exhibition video games in Las Vegas on July 14 in opposition to the WNBA All-Stars, July 16 in opposition to Australia, and July 18 in opposition to Nigeria earlier than heading to Tokyo. They open up Olympic group stage play on July 27 in opposition to Nigeria adopted by a July 30 matchup in opposition to Japan and August 2 sport in opposition to France. (The whole Olympic girls’s basketball match schedule will be discovered right here.)
On Monday, USA Basketball introduced which numbers its gamers will put on on the Olympic video games. Jerseys run from No. Four to No. 15. Ariel Atkins is the lone participant to put on the identical jersey quantity for Workforce USA as she does within the WNBA (No. 7). Sue Chicken and Diana Taurasi will proceed to put on their numbers (6 and 12) from 12 months’s previous.
Right here’s the entire listing:
4: Jewell Loyd
5: Skylar Diggins-Smith
6: Sue Chicken
7: Ariel Atkins
8: Chelsea Grey
9: A’ja Wilson
10: Breanna Stewart
11: Napheesa Collier
12: Diana Taurasi
13: Sylvia Fowles
14: Tina Charles
15: Brittney Griner
Coaching camp for Workforce USA’s girls’s workforce will start in Las Vegas after the July 11 WNBA break.