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Vandersloot Joins Pool for USA Basketball

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Gonzaga University women's basketball All-America Courtney Vandersloot is among the 33 players who have been named to the 2014-16 USA Basketball Women's National Team pool, from which the 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team will be selected, it was announced Monday by USA Basketball.

Vandersloot took part in the USA Basketball Women's National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas Oct. 4-6, with that camp used to identify the players that would make up the National Team pool. Vandersloot also is one of 18 players in the pool that were members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women's National Team.

Highlighting the returning veterans are three-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); two-time Olympic gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks); 2012 Olympic gold medalists Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx); and Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun) and Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), who were members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Further, Jayne Appel (San Antonio Silver Stars) and Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), members of the 2010 USA World Championship Team that won gold, have been named to the pool.

Also named to the 2013-16 USA National Team roster were: DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (University of Connecticut), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kayla McBride (University of Notre Dame), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Silver Stars), Odyssey Sims (Baylor University), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Alyssa Thomas (University of Maryland), Vandersloot, Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Silver Stars).

The USA Basketball Women's National Team over the next three years will compete in the 2014 FIBA Championship (Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istabul, Turkey), and if the USA qualifies, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.

Members of the USA Basketball Women's National Team Player Selection Committee include USA Basketball women's national team director Carol Callan; WNBA appointees Reneé Brown, WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations, Dan Hughes, San Antonio Silver Stars head coach and general manager, and Chris Sienko, Connecticut Sun vice president and general manager; and three-time Olympic and two-time FIBA World Championship gold medalist Katie Smith, who played in nearly 200 games for USA Basketball from 1993-2008, and serves as the athlete representative

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