The USA Basketball Women's National Team is back in action as they continue their preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Their next two collegiate contests will take place on January 27 at Connecticut and February 2 at Louisville.
What makes these two contests to special is the homecoming of five National Team players to their former colleges. Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi all graduated from Connecticut after their dominant careers. And Angel McCoughtry is one of the most memorable and adored players to ever play at Louisville.
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— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) January 8, 2020
The remainder of the National Team roster includes:
Layshia Clarendon (Connecticut Sun)
Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings)
Slyvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks)
Kayla McBride (Las Vegas Aces)
Nneka Ogumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces)
A'ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces).
"We are grateful to both the University of Connecticut and the University of Louisville for hosting our national team in a pair of significant games prior to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying games in Servia," said USA Basketball Women's National Team director Carol Callan. "We know that they will give us an incredibly high level of competition and their fans will have a great opportunity to see our team, including their alums. We are looking forward to a great environment, similar to what we had in all four games in November, and want to thank the fans in advance for coming to the games."
The Olympic Qualifying Tournament is in Belgrade, Serbia, from February 6-9. The USAWNT will face Serbia on February 6, Mozambique two days later on February 8 and Nigeria on February 9. The USA National Team has already clinched a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Both of the collegiate contests will be aired on ESPN:
USAWNT vs. Connecticut – January 27 at 7:00 pm EST on ESPN2
USAWNT vs. Louisville – February 2 at 2:00 pm EST on ESPN.