A week before the start of WNBA practices, 19 of the league’s best players — including Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd of the Storm — will participate in a USA Basketball training camp in Seattle. There will be an exhibition game against China on Thursday.
A week before the start of WNBA practices, 19 of the league’s best players — including Storm stars Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd — will participate in a USA Basketball women’s national team three-day training camp in Seattle.
Closed-door workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday will be held at Seattle Pacific University, followed by Thursday’s 7 p.m. exhibition game against China’s national team at KeyArena.
The training camp is the final tuneup before Team USA gathers for the 2018 FIBA World Cup held Sept. 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain.
Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx)
Sue Bird (Storm)
Layshia Clarendon (Atlanta Dream)
Napheesa Collier (University of Connecticut)
Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics)
Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings)
Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky)
Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings)
Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream)
Jewell Loyd (Storm)
Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever)
Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever)
Breanna Stewart (Storm)
Brittney Sykes (Atlanta Dream)
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)
Morgan Tuck (Connecticut Sun)
Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks)
Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream)
“I’m excited to have this group of players joining us in camp,” Team USA coach Dawn Staley said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them and gaining some more chemistry with both players and staff, now that we have a staff in place.”
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New Storm coach Dan Hughes is one of three Team USA assistants, along with Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve and George Washington University coach Jennifer Rizzotti.
Bird and Phoenix Mercury standout Diana Taurasi, a pair of four-time Olympic gold medalists, highlight the training-camp roster.
The other Olympic gold-medal winners in camp include: Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx, Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics) and Stewart.
Loyd, who is vying for her first trip to the FIBA World Cup with the national team, needs a strong training camp to secure one of the 12 spots on the roster.
“We can get a lot more done and really focus on in-game situations,” Staley said. “Especially with the exhibition against China at the end of camp.”