USA Ladies’s Basketball Seeks Seventh Straight Gold

America girls’s basketball group has taken residence the gold medal within the final six Olympic Video games.

They aren’t attempting to interrupt that streak, as Group USA heads to Tokyo searching for its seventh straight title.

There can be some variations this yr, although. This time round, legendary UConn coach Geno Auriemma is handing the head-coaching reigns to Corridor of Fame coach Daybreak Staley of South Carolina. She’ll lead a balanced mix of veteran players like Sue Fowl and Diana Taurasi and thrilling newcomers like MVP A’ja Wilson in worldwide play.

Everything of Group USA’s roster performs within the WNBA. It additionally consists of Ariel Atkins, Napheesa Collier, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Sylvia Fowles, Chelsea Gray, Brittney Griner, Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart. Regardless of who’s teaching and who’s out the ground, the expectations stay the identical.

Regardless of being despatched off to Tokyo with a loss by the hands of Group WNBA within the All-Star Sport, anticipate Group USA will lengthen its Olympic win streak.

First, they only need to get by the opposite 11 groups in play.

SCHEDULE
Preliminary Spherical
Tuesday, Jul. 24 — United States vs. Nigeria at 12:40 a.m. ET
Friday, Jul. 30 — United States vs. Japan at 12:40 a.m. ET
Monday, Aug. 2 — United States vs. France at 12:40 a.m. ET

Quarterfinals
Tuesday, Aug. 3 – Wednesday, Aug. 4 — TBD

Semifinals
Friday, Aug. 6 — TBD

Finals
Saturday, Aug. 7 — TBD

LOCAL TIES
There aren’t any New England natives suiting up for Group USA, however loads of gamers, as chances are you’ll think about, performed their school careers on the College of Connecticut.

Sue Fowl, Seattle Storm
Tina Charles, New York Liberty
Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx
Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

TOUGHEST OPPONENTS
Australia — Las Vegas heart Liz Cambage will sit out of the Video games to give attention to her psychological well being, however the roster nonetheless is stacked with WNBA expertise like Ezi Magbegor, Rebecca Allen, and Alanna Smith. Ranked No. 2 on the planet, they’ve gained 5 medals on the Olympics — simply not gold.

Serbia — After lately profitable the FIBA Ladies’s EuroBasket title, defeating France within the ultimate, Serbia makes its second look on the Olympics after profitable bronze in Rio on the 2016 Video games. They’ve the hardest group to get out of, with Spain and Canada, however veteran Sonja Vasic makes any group she’s on a risk.

Canada — The Unites States’ neighbors to the north are regulars on the Video games with six Olympic veterans. They’ve a roster that includes WNBA gamers like Kia Nurse, Natalie Achonwa and Bridget Carleton.

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