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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup: Team USA roster, schedule, games, how to watch, live stream

by Atlanta Business Journal

Another game, another easy win for Team USA in the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup. After an opening win over Belgium, the Americans moved to 2-0 in the tournament with a dominant 106-42 win over Puerto Rico on Thursday. As expected, this contest was never close, and the lopsided result offered plenty of playing time for the reserves. Shakira Austin led the way with 19 points, and 10 rebounds, while Brionna Jones added 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. 

This was the biggest win for Team USA at the competition since 2014, when they beat Angola 119-44. Next up in this year’s event is China in the early morning hours of Saturday.

This edition of the World Cup is being held in Australia and runs from Sept. 22 until Oct. 1. All games will be played in Sydney, though there are multiple venues in the city. There are 12 teams participating in the tournament, and they are split into two six-team groups for the preliminary stage. The top four teams from each group will then advance to the single-elimination knockout stage. 

As the sport’s current and historical powerhouse, Team USA is once again the favorite to win the competition; the Americans have won a record 10 World Cup gold medals and are looking for a fourth consecutive title. In fact, Team USA has not even lost a game in the competition since falling to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 tournament. 

Ahead of all the action, here’s everything you need to know about Team USA:

Schedule, streaming info

Team USA has been drawn into Group A along with Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Puerto Rico and South Korea. They will play each team once, with two points awarded for a win and one point for a draw. The Americans must finish in the top four of the group in order to advance to the knockout stage. 

Preliminary round

  • Team USA 87, Belgium 72 (Box score)
  • Team USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 (Box score)
  • Team USA vs. China | Saturday, Sept. 24, 12:30 a.m. ET | ESPN+
  • Team USA vs. South Korea | Monday, Sept. 26, 12 a.m. ET | ESPN+
  • Team USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina |  Wednesday, Sept. 28, 12 a.m. ET | ESPN+

Knockout stage

Roster

Team USA was waiting to release a final roster until the conclusion of the WNBA Finals. If the series had gone to a decisive Game 5, then players from the Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Sun likely would not have been included. As it was, the Aces took care of business in four games, winning their first-ever title. 

Now, the roster has been set, and regular season MVP and Defensive Player of the Year A’ja Wilson, Finals MVP Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, triple-double history-maker Alyssa Thomas and Sixth Player of the Year Brionna Jones have all made the cut. It would have been fascinating to see the roster if those Finals stars weren’t able to go to Australia. 

As its stands, this will already be a new-look national team. Stalwarts such as Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles and Diana Taurasi have aged out, Napheesa Collier is still recovering from her pregnancy, Skylar Diggins-Smith has taken a hiatus from basketball due to personal reasons and Brittney Griner remains detained in Russia.

Only five members of the gold medal-winning team from the 2020 Olympics are on this team: Ariel Atkins, Chelsea Gray, Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson. Of course, the two best players in the world, the reigning Finals MVP and two other All-Stars is a good place to start any roster. 

Ariel Atkins

Guard

Washington Mystics

Shakira Austin

Forward/Center

Washington Mystics

Kahleah Copper

Guard/Forward

Chicago Sky

Chelsea Gray

Guard

Las Vegas Aces

Sabrina Ionescu

Guard

New York Liberty

Brionna Jones

Center

Connecticut Sun

Betnijah Laney

Guard/Forward

New York Liberty

Jewell Loyd

Guard

Seattle Storm

Kelsey Plum

Guard

Las Vegas Aces

Breanna Stewart

Forward

Seattle Storm

Alyssa Thomas

Forward

Connecticut Sun

A’ja Wilson

Forward

Las Vegas Aces

Coaching Staff

  • Head coach: Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx)
  • Assistant: Mike Thibault (Washington Mystics)
  • Assistant: Kara Lawson (Duke)
  • Assistant: Joni Taylor (Texas A&M)

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