HomeBasketballDiamond DeShields shines in USA Basketball FIBA World Cup tune-up

Diamond DeShields shines in USA Basketball FIBA World Cup tune-up

USA Basketball hasn’t lost a major international competition since 2006, when the Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup (then known as the World Championship for Women).

But the Team USA that heads to Australia for the upcoming World Cup won’t look like the dominant roster that won gold in Tokyo a year ago. Seven players from that squad are not in training camp, and a few other American stalwarts will be late to arrive thanks to the WNBA playoffs. That means that the group in Las Vegas currently preparing for September’s World Cup is dramatically younger and looking for some fresh faces to fill out its roster.

Perhaps it was appropriate, then, that in Friday night’s Red-White scrimmage, the Red team — which had three 2022 WNBA rookies: Rhyne Howard, NaLyssa Smith, and Shakira Austin — came out with something to prove and earned the 72-59…


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