USA Olympic women’s basketball roster: Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi headline star-studded team in Tokyo

The U.S. women’s basketball team is heading to Tokyo with a goal of winning its seventh consecutive gold medal.

With the WNBA season paused for the 2021 Olympics, Team USA has loaded up with some of the country’s top talent. The women’s squad possesses a terrific blend of veterans (Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi) and youngsters (Ariel Atkins, A’ja Wilson), and it sure doesn’t hurt to have the reigning Finals MVP (Breanna Stewart) on the roster.

Can anyone challenge Team USA? Or will the Americans bring the gold home once again?

Here’s a look at the U.S. women’s basketball team’s roster ahead of the Olympic Games.

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USA Olympic women’s basketball roster

Ariel AtkinsWashington Mystics
Sue BirdSeattle Storm
Tina CharlesWashington Mystics
Napheesa CollierMinnesota Lynx
Skylar Diggins-SmithPhoenix Mercury
Sylvia FowlesMinnesota Lynx
Chelsea GrayLas Vegas Aces
Brittney GrinerPhoenix Mercury
Jewell LoydSeattle Storm
Breanna StewartSeattle Storm
Diana TaurasiPhoenix Mercury
A’ja WilsonLas Vegas Aces

USA Olympic women’s basketball coaching staff

Dawn StaleyUniversity of South Carolina
Dan HughesSeattle Storm (retired in May)
Cheryl ReeveMinnesota Lynx
Jennifer RizzottiConnecticut Sun

Why isn’t Nneka Ogwumike on Team USA roster?

The Team USA roster selection process didn’t come without some controversy. Ogwumike surprisingly didn’t make the final cut despite her previous experience with the USA Basketball program and an impressive WNBA resume (six-time All-Star, 2016 WNBA MVP, 2016 WNBA champion, WNBPA president).

Team USA coach Dawn Staley seemed to indicate that a knee injury was a big reason why the Sparks star was left off the roster.

“It really breaks my heart that Nneka is not on this team,” Staley said last month. “I mean, if we had to make a decision a month from now . . . I’m sure she would be healthy.”

Sparks coach Derek Fisher “called BS” on that explanation, though, saying Ogwumike was on track to play in the 2021 Olympics.

“The timeline doesn’t add up for her being unavailable to play during the Olympics,” Fisher said. “We respect other players, happy for the ones that made it. But no way you can tell me you put a team together and leave Nneka off of it, and try to say it makes sense and adds up, because it doesn’t.”

Unfortunately for Ogwumike, she will also be unable to play for Nigeria. The 31-yaer-old has dual citizenship with the United States and Nigeria, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected her appeal because she played for Team USA too recently.

Team USA women’s basketball Tokyo Olympics schedule

The opening ceremony at the 2021 Olympics is July 23. The women’s basketball tournament tips off two days later on July 25 and ends with the medal games on Aug. 7.

Team USA is one of 12 teams to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be playing in Group B. Its group-play opponents will be France, Japan and Nigeria.

DateGameTime (ET)TV channel
July 27USA vs. Nigeria12:40 a.m.USA Network
July 30USA vs. Japan12:40 a.m.USA Network
Aug. 2USA vs. France12:40 a.m.USA Network
Aug. 3-4Women’s basketball quarterfinalsTBDTBD
Aug. 6Women’s basketball semifinalsTBDTBD
Aug. 7Women’s basketball gold-medal game10:30 p.m.TBD
Aug. 7Women’s basketball bronze-medal game3 a.m.TBD

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