The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will return to the basketball court in a four-day minicamp, Feb. 4-7, at the University of South Carolina.
The team last gathered for training camp one year ago in February 2020.
A total of 19 athletes, including Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists Sylvia Fowles(Minnesota Lynx), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm), Nneka Ogwumike(Los Angeles Sparks), Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces), Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm) and A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces) will participate in training alongside fellow USA National Team members Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics), Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx), Diamond DeShields (Chicago Sky), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings), Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks), Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever), Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas Wings), Katie Lou Samuelson (Dallas Wings) and Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks).
Additionally, Kahleah Copper (Chicago Sky), who started all 22 games and averaged a team second-best 14.8 points and third-best 5.5 rebounds per game for the Sky in 2020, has accepted an invitation to participate in the training camp in hopes of being named to the USA National Team pool in the future.
The U.S. squad will train each day beginning at 10 a.m. EST. However, due to COVID-19 precautions, no media or guests will be allowed to view practices. USA Basketball will provide media with images and broll for non-commercial, editorial use on a daily basis.
The USA National Team pool, from which the Olympic team will be selected, currently lists 36 of the nation’s top women’s basketball players.
After last summer’s postponement, the 2020 Olympics, which will see 12 women’s basketball teams battling for gold, will be held July 23 to Aug. 8.
The USA women, which own a 66-3 all-time Olympic record, have captured the past six Olympic gold medals and currently are riding a 49-game winning streak that dates to the 1992 bronze medal game.