Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry is among 12 players selected by USA Basketball to be part of the 2016 U.S. Women's Basketball team. The group will compete in the Olympics later this summer that will be held in Rio de Janeiro.
This will be McCoughtry's second Olympic tour. She was part of Team USA's gold medal winning team in 2012. She also helped the Olympic squad to gold medals at the FIBA World Championships in 2010 and 2014.
"I think the emotion, I don't even know how to explain it, it's just a gut feeling because you're nervous about the call, and you don't even know what you're going to hear," McCoughtry said. "When you hear that you made the team, there's just this feeling you get, there's excitement, there's butterflies and the thought that, ‘Wow! I get to represent my country again.' It gives you more motivation and makes you want to get ready even more. Like, I want to go to the gym right now just to get ready. There's definitely a motivation that you feel inside."
The 2016 team is an experienced group and will be led again by legendary UConn coach Geno Auriemma. Other members of the squad include:
Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)
Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)
Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)
Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)
Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx)
Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx)
Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx)
Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)
Tina Charles (New York Liberty)
McCoughtry is currently wrapping up her overseas commitments. The Dream began training camp in advance of the 2016 season on April 23.