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Dorka Juhász looks to follow footsteps of Lynx star Napheesa Collier

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Dorka Juhász is settling into WNBA life pretty well.

Playing professionally is a “dream come true” for Juhász, who was drafted 16th overall by the Minnesota Lynx in April. One of just 15 rookies to make an opening day roster, she hasn’t squandered her opportunity.

Instead, she’s averaging 4.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. And she’s coming off of a career-best 10-point, 12-rebound performance – her first WNBA double-double and first time in double digits. The forward notes that part of what has helped her be so prepared is playing for UConn.

“I’m super grateful that I was able to play two years at UConn because I felt like that was a huge step toward my professional career and kind of just getting a little taste of what it’s gonna be when you get out in the real professional world,” Juhász told the Hartford Courant. “I felt very prepared, I can’t even lie, whenever I went through training camp. I felt comfortable in the uncomfortableness of just being in training camp and just competing, fighting for a spot because that’s what we did every single practice.”

Napheesa Collier also had career-bests during that game, notching a career-high 33 points to help propel the Lynx to a win over Seattle. After starting the season 0-6, the team has gone 5-3 and is starting to put the pieces together.

“I am really proud of us. I think just getting games under our belt, we had a lot of new people, a lot of young people,” Collier said postgame. “With experience comes that gelling and I think that’s what you’re starting to see.”

And Collier has been a huge part of the team coming together. After missing the majority of last season due to pregnancy, Collier has returned with a vengeance. She’s also stepped into a leadership role with the retirement of Sylvia Fowles.

“She’s super talented, she’s super smart, she’s very, very skilled,” Juhász said of Collier. “I’ve been trying to kind of follow her steps and learn the way she’s doing stuff and how she’s handling herself on and off the court. So it’s been amazing to have her as a vet … she’s been super helpful.”

Juhász told the Hartford Courant that Collier is always there to answer any questions she may have. She’s also made sure to include Juhász in team activities and other fun outings. And that’s inspired Juhász as she’s stepped onto the court.

“I always looked at myself as when I’m on the court I want to have an impact no matter if I’m a rookie or not,” Juhász said. “So I think for my season it’s that, just getting better every single game and just having an impact, but also just being a great teammate and learning as much as I can from the players around me and the coaches around me. I think that’s always been the goal is just keep leveling up as a player and … whatever it takes to win I’m gonna do my part.”

The Late Sub Podcast: Can the USWNT Medal?

The USWNT takes a silly face photo during their team Olympic photo shoot
The USWNT will begin their 2024 Olympic medal hunt on Thursday. (Brad Smith/ISI/Getty Images).

This week, JWS podcast host Claire Watkins discusses WNBA All-Star Weekend, which felt both like a celebration of the league's explosive growth over the past year and a way to set Team USA up for a particularly competitive Summer Olympics.

Later, Watkins previews the field for the upcoming Olympic soccer tournament, nominating her personal "Group of Death" and discussing whether or not the new-era USWNT could still reach medal contention despite their current rebuild under new head coach Emma Hayes.

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Team USA, Germany Play Pre-Olympic Exhibition Game in London

Team USA's 5x5 Basketball Team stands for the National Anthem before Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game
Team USA looks to rebound from Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game loss in an exhibition against Germany today. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

USA Basketball's 5x5 team will tip off in an exhibition against Germany in London this afternoon, getting in one last tune-up before the Summer Olympics begin.

The US is hunting an eighth-straight gold medal this year, with group stage play starting on July 29th.

Team USA's Kahleah Copper, Alyssa Thomas, Kelsey Plum, and Sabrina Ionescu gear up to face Germany in pre-Olympic exhibition.
Team USA's Kahleah Copper, Alyssa Thomas, Kelsey Plum, and Sabrina Ionescu gear up to take on Germany in London. (Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

US to use All-Star loss as fuel

Coming off the weekend's All-Star Game loss, the Olympians are ready to repeat history: They earned their Tokyo gold medal immediately after losing the first Team USA vs. Team WNBA All-Star Game back in 2021.

Breanna Stewart, who led Team USA with a 31-point, 10-rebound double-double on Saturday, said that the defeat "is going to help us tremendously. We don’t get that many game opportunities, [and now] we can go back and watch the film and focus on how we can continue to be better."

Today’s tilt against Germany will see the US work to lock in their defense, particularly in the paint. They'll also lean into their positional versatility before heading to Paris.

WNBA pro Satou Sabally leads Team Germany in today's pre-Olympic exhibition game against Team USA.
WNBA pro Satou Sabally helped Germany to their first-ever Olympic berth. (Axel Heimken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Olympic debutants Germany enter first US clash

The exhibition marks the first-ever US-Germany linkup. The German team will make their Olympic debut in Paris after decades of failing to qualify for major international competitions. Their sixth-place 2023 EuroBasket finish sent them into February’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where they punched their ticket to the 2024 Games.

Leading Germany's run was two-time WNBA All-Star Satou Sabally, who put up career-high averages in points, rebounds, assists, and steals with Dallas last season. Her 20-point, 11-rebound double-double was the difference-maker in Germany's must-win 73-71 Olympic qualifying victory over Brazil.

Other German players to watch include 2022 NY Liberty draft-pick — and Sabally's sister — Nyara Sabally, along with Liberty sharpshooter Leonie Fiebich.

Where to watch the Team USA vs. Germany game

Today’s exhibition tips off at 3 PM ET with live coverage on FS1.

1v1 With Kelley O’Hara: USWNT Star Jaedyn Shaw Is Expecting “Dubs All Around”

retired uswnt star kelley o'hara interviewing san diego wave and uswnt forward jaedyn shaw
'1v1' is back with Jaedyn Shaw joining Kelley O'Hara for a conversation about the upcoming Paris Olympics. (Just Women's Sports)

In the latest episode of Just Women's Sports' 1v1 With Kelley O'Hara, San Diego Wave and USWNT star Jaedyn Shaw joins two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O'Hara for a one-on-one conversation about the upcoming Paris Olympics.

We hear from the 19-year-old Wave FC phenom about her first impressions of new USWNT coach Emma Hayes, her experience with international competition at this point in her young career, and how she's preparing to take on the 2024 Summer Games.

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The 91st: Complete USWNT & Olympic Soccer Preview Featuring Jess McDonald

Logo for JWS USWNT Olympic show The 91st
The latest season of JWS' awarding-winning Olympics show 'The 91st' premieres today. (Just Women's Sports)

We're back! Hosts Jordan Angeli, Duda Pavao, and retired USWNT forward Jess McDonald deliver a full preview of this year's Olympic soccer tournament in Paris.

Watch for full analysis of USWNT manager Emma Hayes's coaching style, this team's shifting identity in this new USWNT era, and a projected starting XI for the team's group stage opener against Zambia. The 91st hosts also break down all three Olympic groups — including top players and teams to track throughout the tournament — plus give their predictions for the medal rounds and individual awards.

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