Five former Huskies named to U.S Olympic women's basketball team

Published on Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:37
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The UConn women’s basketball team will be well represented at the Tokyo Olympics next month.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were among five UConn alums named to 12-player roster Monday morning.

Bird and Taurasi will each be making their fifth Olympic appearances. The duo has captured the gold medal in each of their first four appearances.

Joining them are Tina Charles, Breanna Stewart and Napheesa Collier. Charles is making her third Olympic appearance, Stewart is making her second and Collier is debuting with the team.

Ariel Atkins, Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Sylvia Fowles, Chelsea Gray, A’ja Wilson and Jewell Loyd round out the roster.

Team USA will play in Group B in the round-robin portion of the tournament along with Nigeria, Japan and France. The competition runs from July 26-Aug. 8 in Saitama, Japan, with the U.S opening play July 27 against Nigeria.

Bird and Taurasi will be competing in their fifth Olympics, tying a record shared by six other men and women’s basketball players.

The USA, which owns an all-time record of 66-3 in Olympic play, enters the Tokyo Olympics riding a 49-game winning streak in Olympic competition, which began with the 1992 bronze medal game and includes a record six-straight gold medals.

Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:37. Updated: Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:40.