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Rhyne Howard makes official Team USA roster for Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Screenshot 2023-11-10 at 1.25.30 PMby:Phoenix Stevens02/04/24


On January 22nd, the Team USA women’s basketball team announced that a minicamp would be held in order to assemble an official roster for the 2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. One of the 18 athletes selected to be in the minicamp was former Kentucky superstar Rhyne Howard.

Then, of the 12 athletes that made the final cut, Howard was one of them. That means that Rhyne Howard will (again) have a chance to compete for Olympic gold.

She will join Ariel Atkins, Aliyah Boston, Napheesa Collier, Kahleah Cooper, Sabrina Ionescu, Jewell Loyd, Kelsey Plum, Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi, Alyssa Thomas, and Jackie Young on the official roster. Four-time WNBA champion head coach Cheryl Reeve will lead the team into the qualifying tournament.

Howard has already won three gold medals at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship in 2018, the FIBA Under-19 World Cup in 2019, and the FIBA AmeriCup in 2021. This would be Howard’s fourth chance at the prestigious gold.

If the USA national team goes on to win the qualifying tournament, they would then be on the hunt for their eighth consecutive Olympic gold medal. The dominance of the United States women’s national team dates all the way back to the 1996 Olympic games that took place on home soil in Atlanta. Another gold medal finish would give the USA 10 gold medals, extending their lead for the most in Olympic history.

The qualifying tournament will begin on February 8th and end on February 11th in Antwerp, Belgium.

The countdown to the 2024 Summer Olympics is on. Only 173 days until the opening ceremony in Paris. Hopefully, the BBN will see a former Wildcat waving to the worldwide audience representing the Red, White, and Blue.

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