Catchings on USA team

A former Lady Vol basketball standout is among eight WNBA players who have been selected to represent the United States in the FIBA Women's World Championships scheduled Sept. 12-23 at Sao Paulo, Brazil. reports that Tamika Catchings, a 6-1 forward for the Indiana Fever, has made the U.S. squad. Catchings helped guide Tennessee to a 39-0 record and national title as a freshman in 1997-98. She went on to score 2,113 career points, ranking third in UT history behind Chamique Holdsclaw (3,025) and Bridgette Gordon (2,460). Catchings was a four-time Kodak All-American and a member of the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. Olympic team.

Catchings is joined by Sue Bird (Storm), Lisa Leslie (Sparks), DeLisha Milton-Jones (Mystics), Diana Taurasi (Mercury), Katie Smith (Shock), 35-year-old Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson (Comets). All eight were unanimous selections by the USA Basketball Women's Senior Basketball Committee. Four more players will be added to the roster this summer.

Catchings, Leslie, Bird, Milton-Jones, Smith and Swoopes helped the U.S. win the World Championships in 2002. Former Old Dominion standout Anne Donovan will coach Team USA this go-round.

"This is a tremendous group of core players, with extensive experience in bringing home the gold," Donovan told ESPN. "With this group, I know we are assured of going to battle in the World Championship with our best and most proven veterans. These players understand the drive, preparation and commitment that we need to stay on top. I am confident that these experienced Olympians will set the pace for yet another gold."

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