Team USA basketball is sending 12 players to Belgium this week to compete in FIBA Olympic Qualifying.
A number of Olympic veterans are on the roster, including five-time Olympic champion Diana Taurasi. Both 2022 and 2023 WNBA Rookies of the Year Rhyne Howard and Aliyah Boston are making their U.S. senior team debuts, while others like Kahleah Copper, Sabrina Ionescu, and Alyssa Thomas are also looking for their first Olympic spots.
The tournament will take place from Feb. 8-11 with the U.S., Belgium, Nigeria, and Senegal competing in Antwerp. It’s one of four tournaments taking place around the world.
“We’re expecting to go over there and be in a really tough environment,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve said. “There’ll be 14,000 people rooting against us. It’s obviously a really good team as we open it, open the tournament. I’m hoping to experience that adversity in a way that helps prepare us for the next step.”
The U.S. has already qualified for the Paris Olympics, having won the 2022 World Cup. A total of 12 teams compete at the tournament, and 10 slots are up for grabs with host team France having secured another spot. That means this tournament will serve more as a way for the team to evaluate the player pool that will try and help Team USA to its eighth-straight gold.
The full roster: