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2016 Rio Olympics: Team USA Unveils Women's Basketball Roster Includes Five Former Huskies

Former Huskies make up almost half of the American Olympic Women's Basketball team while Candace Parker's exclusion leads to outrage.

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Once again, your Connecticut Huskies are well represented on Team USA's Women's Basketball Olympic team as it was announced by Carol Callan, USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee on Wednesday morning:

  • Maya Moore
  • Sue Bird
  • Breanna Stewart
  • Diana Taurasi
  • Tina Charles
  • Lindsey Whalen
  • Sylvia Fowles
  • Seimone Augustus
  • Tamika Catchings
  • Brittney Griner
  • Angel McCoughtry
  • Elena Delle Donne
It is no surprise a handful of former Huskies will join forces on Team USA, which will be coached by Geno Auriemma for the second time. Five out of the twelve Olympic players are former UConn Huskies. The American team will be looking to win Gold at the Olympics for the eighth time in American history.

The real surprise here is the exclusion of WNBA superstar Candace Parker. The former Tennessee Volunteer has been one of the most successful women's basketball players in the world. This past season she was injured for a part of the 2015 WNBA season, but returned for Los Angeles Sparks last 19 contests. She averaged 19.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists during the Sparks last 16 regular season games. Her numbers spiked in the playoffs as she averaged 23 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in her teams three playoff contests.

Not only did she put up superb numbers this past season, but she has been a key contributor on the past two USA Olympic basketball teams. When Team USA secured Gold in 2012, Parker was the teams leading rebounder and pitched in 10.5 points per game. Also, Parker added 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds on the 2008 American team, which won Gold.

The main beneficiary from Parker's exclusion is UConn legend Breanna Stewart, as multiple outlets are reporting or implying that Stewart took  Parker's spot. UConn would have been well represented with or without her, but it's always nice to see another former Husky representing the red, white and blue.