USA Olympic Women's Basketball Team: Superstars Who Won't Disappoint

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 27, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07:  Maya Moore #23 of the Minnesota Lynx celebrates their 73-67 win over the Atlanta Dream in Game Three of the 2011 WNBA Finals at Philips Arena on October 7, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It isn't just the men's basketball team that is looking for another gold medal at the 2012 Olympics—the women's team is ready to defend their crown too.

With the competition days away, let's take a look at some superstars who won't disappoint. 


Maya Moore

Maya Moore doesn't care who has played in what league longer, she expects to be the best player on the floor before tipoff.

Most of the time, she is.

Moore brings great experience despite her youthful age of 23. She has played extremely well for the national team, including winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship while averaging eight points and three rebounds in only 18 minutes per game.


Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi has won two gold medals at the Olympic Games and she's still in her 20s. She's been doing it for years on both sides of the court, including being an inspirational leader for her respective teams.

There isn't much to say about Taurasi's ability on the basketball court. Her history and achievements speak for itself. She's a five-time WNBA scoring champion, two-time WNBA champion, two-time gold medalist, seven-time All-WNBA first-team selection and she's been a WNBA Finals MVP.

Expect the same type of greatness in London.


Sue Bird

Sue Bird brings veteran experience to the Olympic table. She's a seven-time WNBA All-Star, four-time All-WNBA first-team selection and she's won gold medals for her country.

Bird will play another important role on a gold medal winning team.

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