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USA Basketball Women’s National Team set for Paris Olympics, including 3 Mercury

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USA Basketball announced its 2024 Women’s National Team roster featuring 12 WNBA players who will represent their country on a global stage at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

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After reports came out of the supposed roster this past Saturday, the rumors are now official with four players from the Las Vegas Aces, three from the Phoenix Mercury and the head coach being Minnesota Lynx’s Cheryl Reeve.

2024 USA Basketball Women’s National Team

Phoenix Mercury: Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and Kahleah Copper

Las Vegas Aces: A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray

New York Liberty: Sabrina Ionescu and Breanna Stewart

Minnesota Lynx: Napheesa Collier

Seattle Storm: Jewell Loyd

Connecticut Sun: Alyssa Thomas

 

According to a press release from USA Basketball, every member of the team has either won an Olympic or World Cup gold medal, demonstrating just how special this group is internationally.

“The squad has a combined 15 Olympic gold medals, 18 FIBA Women’s World Cup titles and 55 WNBA All-Star appearances,” the press release said. “The team also boasts eight WNBA champions, three WNBA MVPs and five WNBA Rookies of the Year. For just the second time in the history of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team program, every member of the Olympic Team has either an Olympic or World Cup gold medal (2012).”

In Tokyo at the 2020 Olympic Games, Collier, Gray, Griner, Loyd, Stewart, Taurasi and Wilson won a gold medal after going 6-0. Griner, Stewart and Taurasi also won the gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

To qualify for the Paris Games, Copper, Gray, Ionescu, Loyd, Plum, Stewart, Thomas and Wilson helped Team USA win its 11th World Cup gold medal in 2022 in Sydney, Australia.

Swapping a Mercury jersey for USA, Copper will compete in her first Olympics with her WNBA teammates Griner and Taurasi. Taurasi just turned 42 years old on Tuesday, and is set to play in her sixth straight Olympics (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2021 and 2024)

As a whole in France, USA Basketball will have teams in 5-on-5 men and women and 3×3 men and women. Dominating across the globe in the sport, the United States has won in 5-on-5 men and women and 3×3 women at the last Olympics. The 3×3 men’s team will make its first-ever Olympics appearance since the formation of the new sport.

The Women’s National Team officially begins play vs. Japan on July 29.

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Reporter Alec Cipollini covers ASU Athletics, Phoenix Mercury and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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