The United States’ roster for the FIBA Women’s World Championships, which begin Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey, has been finalized to 12 players, with seven returning from the team that won gold four years ago in the Czech Republic.
Six of those seven were on the team that won the Olympic gold medal in London, and Seimone Augustus returns from the 2006 bronze-medal winning team.
The WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury boasts three members on the national team, as does its rival the Minnesota Lynx. Five played for U.S. head coach Geno Auriemma at the University of Connecticut.
THE 2014 U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Seimone Augustus: 6-foot guard, age 30, Baton Rouge, La., LSU 2006, Minnesota Lynx; 2006 world bronze medalist, two-time Olympic gold medalist, three Final Fours with Lady Tigers and two WNBA titles with Lynx.
Sue Bird: 5-foot-9 guard, turns 34 Oct. 16, Syosset, N.Y., Connecticut 2002, Seattle Storm; two-time world champion and 2006 bronze medalist; three-time Olympic gold medalist; two-time WNBA champion and two-time NCAA champion. She is the first American to play in four World Championships.
Tina Charles: 6-foot-4 center, age 25, Jamaica, N.Y., Connecticut 2010, New York Liberty; 2010 world champion, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, two undefeated seasons at UConn.
Candice Dupree: 6-foot-2 forward, age 30, Tampa, Fla., Temple 2006, Phoenix Mercury; 2010 world champion and 2014 WNBA champion.
Brittney Griner: 6-foot-8 center, turns 24 Oct. 18, Houston, Texas, Baylor 2013, Phoenix Mercury; 2014 WNBA and 2012 NCAA champion.
Angel McCoughtry: 6-foot-1 forward, age 28, Baltimore, Md., Louisville 2009, Atlanta Dream; 2010 world champion, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, took Louisville to title game and Dream to three Finals.
Maya Moore: 6-foot forward, age 25, Lawrenceville, Ga., Connecticut 2011, Minnesota Lynx; 2010 world champion, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, two NCAA titles and two WNBA titles.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike: 6-foot-2 forward, age 24, Cypress, Texas, Stanford 2012, Los Angeles Sparks; led Cardinal to Final Four in all four seasons.
Odyssey Sims: 5-foot-8 guard, age 22, Irving, Texas, Baylor 2014, Tulsa Shock; 2012 undefeated NCAA champion.
Breanna Stewart: 6-foot-4 forward, age 20, North Syracuse, N.Y., going into junior season at University of Connecticut, where she won national titles in first two years.
Diana Taurasi: 6-foot guard, age 32, Chino, Calif., Connecticut 2004, Phoenix Mercury; 2010 world champion and 2006 world bronze medalist; three-time Olympic-WNBA-and NCAA champion.
Lindsay Whalen: 5-foot-9 guard, age 32, Hutchinson, Minn., Minnesota 2004, Minnesota Lynx; 2010 world champion, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, led Gophers to Final Four and Lynx to two titles.
Jantel Lavender, Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride, and Stefanie Dolson were the final players cut this week, as the team played exhibition games in Paris and Prague.
The Americans’ first game of the World Championships is versus China Saturday in Istanbul.