With just two practices and one shootaround, the USA Olympic Women's Basketball team took to the hardwood at USC on Monday night to take on the USA Select Team. The limited practice time was evident early on as the Olympic team got off to a slow start.
But the Olympic team used a 26-13 run at the end of the second quarter to pull ahead and then fought through a late run by the Select team to win 88-84 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Former UConn Husky Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne led a balanced Olympic team attack with 11 points each. Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart both had eight points along with four and three rebounds respectively. Sue Bird added six points.
Another former Husky, Diana Taurasi, led the Olympic team with five assists to go along with her six points.
Natasha Howard of the Minnesota Lynx led the Select team in scoring with 24 points. Jewell Loyd, Bird and Stewart's teammate in Seattle, added 20 points and seven assists while Odyssey Sims had 17 points.
Besides the five former Huskies on the Olympic team, the Select team had two former UConn players as well in Stefanie Dolson and Kia Stokes.
Dolson played just over nine minutes and didn't score but did have three rebounds. Stokes saw 17 minutes of action and scored two points while grabbing four rebounds.
Team USA definitely has a lot of work to do and they'll have a short amount of time to prepare for Rio. They'll fly cross country to Delaware to participate in the USA Basketball Showcase beginning Wednesday night that features exhibition games with the USA, Canada, France and Australia.
On Wednesday, Australia will take on current Husky Kia Nurse and Team Canada at 5 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware.
Team USA will follow in the nightcap against France at 7:30 p.m. on NBA TV. You can also watch the game live on Facebook.
Postgame Press Conference: