Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Four Minnesota Lynx players have been named to the 33-player USA Basketball women's national team pool from which the 2016 United States Olympic team will be selected, it was announced on Monday morning.
Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore, and Monica Wright were all named to the national team pool, which will also be used to select the United States team for the 2014 World Championships.
“It’s always difficult when you’re trying to put together a team. It doesn’t always come down to picking the 12 best players, putting them on the team and let’s go," United States head coach Geno Auriemma said. "I think there are other factors that go into it, and hopefully the committee and the coaches can come up with a team that is capable of winning gold medals and represents the U.S. in the best possible manner. At the same time, part of the goal needs to include preparing for life after some of these great Olympians who have won multiple gold medals. I wish it was as simple as picking the leading scorers and leading rebounders or just picking the most famous players in the WNBA and let’s go get ‘em! But it’s a lot more complicated than that so it will be very difficult.”
Augustus is a two-time Olympic gold medalist while Whalen and Moore each have one, leaving Wright as a newcomer to the Olympic selection process.
The 2016 Olympic Games are be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the United States will be trying for a fifth-straight gold medal performance in women's basketball.