Former Baylor Lady Bear and current WNBA Dallas Wings player Odyssey Sims is one of 11 players named to the USA Select Team, USA Basketball announced today. The squad is comprised of young USA National Team members and future USA National Team hopefuls.
The USA Select team will train alongside the 2016 USA Women's National Team, July 23-24, in Los Angeles before tipping-off the USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon in an exhibition game July 25 at the University of Southern California's Galen Center.
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Invitations to the USA Select Team were issued by the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee, chaired by USA Basketball Women's National Team director Carol Callan.
"This is a really good group of young and talented athletes," said USA and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who has directed the USA National Team to an overall 23-0 record and gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships. "Having them train against our USA National Team will not only help us prepare for Rio, but it will also give us a chance to evaluate them for future USA Basketball teams. I've already had the opportunity to work with several of them in a USA Basketball National Team setting, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them as well as the rest of the USA Select Team in this kind of setting."
Joining Sims on the team were Kelsey Bone (Phoenix Mercury); Kahleah Copper (Washington Mystics); Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics); Natasha Howard (Minnesota Lynx); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever); Aerial Powers (Dallas Wings); Sugar Rodgers (New York Liberty); Kiah Stokes (New York Liberty); and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).
The USA Select Team is scheduled to practice July 23 at 3:30 p.m. (PDT) at a site to be determined, hold a second practice July 24 at 10 a.m. (PDT) at USC's Galen Center before tipping-off July 25 at 7 p.m. (PDT) against the USA National Team at the Galen Center.