Via Chicago Tribune
WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and Chicago Sky teammate Courtney Vandersloot were named two of 25 finalists for the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team on Monday.
Delle Donne led the league in scoring (23.4) and Vandersloot led in assists (5.8) last season. They’ll join former teammate Sylvia Fowles and 22 other WNBA stars at training camp Feb. 21-23 at the University of Connecticut with the hope of making the cut for the 12-woman roster.
Delle Donne played Team USA for its European tour and helped the Americans finish 4-0 against three pro clubs and the Italian national team.
The roster of finalists for Rio 2016 is filled with other Chicago ties.
• Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm) is a former Niles West standout who starred for Notre Dame.
• Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), who helped knock the Sky out of the playoffs, played high school ball at Stevenson.
• Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) was a former National Player of the Year out of Naperville Central.
• Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury) was the first draft pick in Sky franchise history.