6 UConn Huskies on USA Women’s Team; USA Loses Scrimmage to Australia

The 2010 USA Women’s National Team scrimmaged against the Australian National team today, losing 87-72 to the defending World Champions — one day after beating the WNBA All-Stars by a score of 99-72.  Of the 11 players currently on the roster, 6 are current or former Huskies:

  • Sue Bird
  • Swin Cash
  • Tina Charles
  • Renee Montgomery
  • Maya Moore
  • Diana Taurasi

Geno Auriemma is coaching the team.

It’s not clear to me whether Auriemma picked the current players — from what I’ve read, a committee will pick the final team, so perhaps that same committee has picked the current team.  I’m also not clear why there are currently 11 players instead of 12.

The only player of the 6 Huskies that surprises me is Montgomery.  I do not closely follow the WNBA — I had no idea she was doing so well.  I’m not surprised at all to find Bird and Taurasi on the team; they’re two of the more experienced WNBA stars.  Tina Charles has had a phenomenal start to her career, so I’m not surprised she’s on the team, and Maya Moore is the best college player so it wouldn’t surprise me if she makes the final roster.  I guess I’m a little bit surprised that Cash is on the team.

For the record, the other players on the team are:

  • Tamika Catchings (Tennessee)
  • Sylvia Fowles (LSU)
  • Candice Dupree (Temple)
  • Angel McCoughtry (Louisville)

Assuming that Geno hasn’t stacked the team with his own players (and I don’t think he has), it’s quite a tribute to the UConn program to have so many Huskies on the team.

The Hartford Courant story appears here:



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