Former Stanford standout Jayne Appel was one of four players added to the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National team pool, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.
Appel, a 6-4 center now in her rookie season with the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA, was joined by Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx), Ebony Hoffman (Indiana Fever) and Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty), all of whom have aided USA Basketball teams to gold medals during their careers.
This brings the number of players in the USA national team pool to 24, and other players may be added when the WNBA playoffs end. The roster will be reduced to 12 players to form the USA national team that will compete in the World Championship beginning Sept. 17 in Spain.
“Certainly one of the positions that we are trying to shore up is in the post,” said 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team head coach Geno Auriemma said in a USA Basketball statement. “With Candace Parker not being available because of her operation, these four additions give us a lot of options to choose from. I’m anxious to see how they fit in. And depending on who’s available because of the playoffs, I think it’s important to have as many options as possible.”
Last April, Appel was among the invitees to the USA Senior Women’s National Team’s spring training camp, but was forced to watch from the sidelines because of a stress fracture in her foot that she sustained late last season.
Selected members of the USA National Team will gather on Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C. to commence its final training camp ahead of its departure for Europe. The U.S. team will close its training with three exhibition games at the XL Center in Hartford, taking on defending world champion Australia on Sept. 9 and 10, then battling Spain on Sept. 11.
The 20 previously announced members of the 2009-12 USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool are: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Alana Beard (Washington Mystics), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Shameka Christon (Chicago Sky), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Kara Lawson (Connecticut Sun), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Connecticut Sun), Maya Moore (University of Connecticut), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) and Candice Wiggins (Minnesota Lynx).
Wiggins, another former Stanford star, has a knee injury that will prevent her from participating.
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