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USA Women’s National Team takes on China in exhibition play in Seattle

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The Storm-heavy roster promises a righteous display of team spirit and hometown cheer; Dawn Staley debuts skills under the title of permanent head coach.

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Brittney Griner (L) and Elena Delle Donne (R) are all smiles and gold teeth after clinching the gold-medal win against Spain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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For WNBA fans who couldn’t keep up with their favorite players’ offseason, overseas play, tonight’s the night to catch a glimpse of some of the greatest to ever play the game as well as a look at some of the fresher-faced upstarts.

USA Women’s National Team Head Coach Dawn Staley and the Team USA selection committee will be looking to see how veteran players come together in the few years since their Olympic victory. But with Layshia Clarendon (Atlanta Dream) and Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm) on the exhibition roster, Staley is likely assessing a strategy to develop younger guards in preparation for the post-Sue Bird years (whenever that time may come).

This will be Staley’s first Team USA game in the role of permanent head coach.

Breanna Stewart will join her Storm teammates, Bird and Loyd, on the KeyArena court — treating Seattle fans to quite the pre-preseason treat!

Morgan Tuck of the Connecticut Sun, who was originally cut from the team, has been asked back to play in tonight’s exhibition. Tuck will be substituting for an ailing Elena Delle Donne who suffered a neck strain at the start of camp.

How to watch

What: Team USA vs. China exhibition

When: Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. PST / 10 p.m. EST

Where: KeyArena in Seattle, WA

Tickets: http://bit.ly/18USAvsCHNtix

Streaming options

  • usab.com/live
  • USA Basketball’s Facebook page
  • USA Basketball’s YouTube channel

Poll

What is your interest in tonight’s USA vs. China match-up?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    I want to see my favorite player (Tell us who in the comments.)
    (3 votes)
  • 11%
    I want to see what shape players are in leading up to start of the 2018 WNBA season
    (1 vote)
  • 22%
    I want to see how the team responds to new National Team Head Coach Dawn Staley
    (2 votes)
  • 33%
    I just need a women’s basketball fix!
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    I want to see something else (Tell us about it in the comments.)
    (0 votes)
9 votes total Vote Now