SYDNEY (AP) — Without Brittney Griner's 6-foot-8 presence to dominate around the basket, the U.S. women needed to figure out how to overcome her absence.
So far, so good.
The Americans have rolled through the World Cup, beating opponents by average of 44 points per game without Griner and one of the best frontcourts ever assembled in women's basketball.
The U.S. women's basketball team will have a lot of new faces when the Americans play in the FIBA World Cup next month in Australia.
Gone to retirement are Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles, who were key parts of the Americans' dominance over the last two decades of international competition.
To call them four of the greatest athletes in the history of women's sports is a bit of a slight.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Clarity about the end of her exceptional WNBA career came for Sylvia Fowles last year through a feeling of resistance familiar to everyone from elite athletes to average fans.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — South Carolina checked one goal off what the top-ranked Gamecocks hope is a long list of accomplishments to come this season by winning the Southeastern Conference regular-season title.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sylvia Fowles scored 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 76-70 win over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.
Fowles had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota take a 40-33 lead at the half.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. can do something no other women's basketball team can at the Tokyo Games: bring former WNBA MVPs Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles off the bench.
The Americans' depth in the post continues to be the difference for the U.S.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talented post players, possibly the best ever assembled.
No team in world has the height, experience or depth to match up with the American bigs — a group of women that includes three of the last four WNBA MVPs.
The U.S. women's basketball team has a few questions surrounding its roster as the Americans prepare to make a run at a seventh consecutive gold medal in the Olympics.
There are six returning Olympians — Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi should make the team when the squad for the Tokyo Games is announced.