NEW YORK — Three members of the Seattle Storm have been named to the USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool.
The trio includes point guard and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird; forward Breanna Stewart, who earned her first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and guard Jewell Loyd .
Eleven members of the 2016 Olympic team that won a sixth consecutive gold medal for the Americans are in the pool announced Thursday. The only player missing from that team is Tamika Catchings, who retired after the 2016 WNBA season.
The U.S. already has qualified for next year’s FIBA World Cup, which will be held in Spain.
There are five college players in the pool: UConn’s Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell and Louisville’s Asia Durr. They won’t participate in a training camp that will be held in South Carolina from Feb. 9-11.
All 29 players in the pool have previous international experience with USA Basketball. They’ve combined to win 100 gold, two silver and four bronze medals.