USA Basketball Friday named the first 11 members of the 12-woman squad that will seek a fifth straight Olympic gold at the London Games, a group that includes a trio of two-time Olympic champions.
Four players who have each earned one Olympic gold and four newcomers to the Games are included, with the final player to be named at a later date.
"The USA Basketball Women's National Team program has been able to sustain an unparalleled level of success in Olympic competition," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive.
"That is due, in part, to the continuity of its players. We believe we have selected the best core group possible to continue our success on the international stage."
"I think anytime you're choosing a team made up of the best players, not only the best players in the country, they're some of the best players in the world, it's very difficult to come to a team of 12," Auriemma said.
"I think for the 11, the committee took into consideration what the competition is and who we're going to have to beat, and put together a really incredible group of players that is not only highly skilled and competitive, they're proven winners."
Seven countries have claimed spots in the eventual 12-nation field, including host country Britain. The US clinched their berth with the 2010 world title, while Angola, Australia, Brazil, China and Russia have secured berths by winning their regional qualifying tournaments.
Source: AFP American Edition