Tamika Catchings, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Kara Lawson were named to the U.S. Women's Olympic Team, USA basketball announced Thursday.
The trio round out the 12-member roster that will head to Beijing in hopes of defending the USA's string of three consecutive Olympic gold medals. Selections were made by the USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team Committee, chaired by WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations Rene Brown.
"The committee had a difficult time with these final three names because of the level of talent in our pool," said Brown. "However, ultimately we feel that the experience and leadership that we've added to the team in Tamika Catchings, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Kara Lawson are the final pieces to this puzzle."
"I'm thrilled that Tamika, DeLisha and Kara have been added to the team," said USA head coach Anne Donovan , a three-time Olympian. "Tamika is such a complete player and a tenacious defender who will add much to our already strong Olympic team. DeLisha's international and Olympic experience is sure to further fortify our inside game. I'm also pleased with the addition of Kara Lawson. Kara's extensive experience training with the national team these last several years has made her a perfect selection for our team. She understands the game and her teammates so well that it's like having another coach on the floor."
The first nine members were named to the U.S. squad on May 31 and include Lisa Leslie, Katie Smith, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Thompson, Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker and Cappie Pondexter.