Team Canada's recently announced list of the 25 top Canadian women basketball players who have been invited to try out for the 2012 Canadian Senior Women's National Team includes more than a few faces that will be familiar to U.S. fans of NCAA women's basketball.
PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor underwent successful surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, the club announced today. The surgery was conducted in Melbourne, Australia by world-renowned knee surgeon Julian Feller. Taylor is expected to make a full recovery by the end of 2012.
Taylor sustained the injury March 29 while playing for Fenerbahce (Turkey) in the Euroleague Final 8 and will miss the entire WNBA season as well as the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Four returning gold medalists highlight the roster for the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials, including 2011 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North H.S. /North Syracuse, N.Y.), who will attend the University of Connecticut next fall, headline the 26 athletes who have accepted an invitation to attend the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials. Invitations to attend the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee chaired by Sue Donohoe, executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
USA Basketball announced thirty-five top prep players have accepted invitations to participate in the 2012 U17 World Championship Team Trials being held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 17-20.
Thirteen players return from previous USA Basketball gold medal teams including 2 time gold medalist Diamond Deshields of Norcross High School (Norcross, Ga.) who played for team USA on the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.
With Brittney Griner out of the hunt, USA Basketball turned to the UConn connection -- and to veteran Asjha Jones -- to fill the final spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team roster, the organization announced today. Jones, was selected by the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee, approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors and is pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Baylor star Brittney Griner withdrew her name today from consideration from the senior national women's basketball team that will represent the United States at the London Olympics this summer. Griner was named to the Senior National Team pool on Aug. 1, 2011, and was identified as a finalist for the Olympic team on Feb. 13, 2012.
DENVER, CO - On Friday, USA Basketball announced the the first 11 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. The group is arguably the most talented collection of athletes assembled by the United States and is a heavy favorite to win a fifth consecutive gold medal. The group inlcudes three athlets who are two-time Olympic gold medalists in Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi. Four others also earned gold in Beijing in Swin Cash, Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker.
It took over five years for Sophia Young to realize her dream of U.S. citizenship. Her journey into the lineup for USA Basketball's 2012 Women's Olympic team took a giant step forward today, as Young was named as one of 21 finalists for the squad.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 13, 2012) – Highlighted by a trio of two-time Olympic gold medalists and featuring a total of nine players who have won Olympic gold, 21 USA Women’s National Team members were today named as finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.