STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — With USA on her uniform this time, Nneka Ogwumike dazzled as she has always done in Maples Pavilion.
Grinning afterward, she reminded everyone, "I'm still undefeated...
Practice is over and Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson is still working.
She stands under the basket rebounding, giving feedback to rookie guard Carsen Edwards as he shoots from...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi want their USA Basketball legacy to be more than just winning medals.
The four-time Olympic gold medalists came up with an idea for a training...
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer once told Charmin Smith coaching would absolutely be in her future.
NEW YORK (AP) — As 2018 closes, the WNBA is at a crossroads.
The play on the court has never been better, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Most of the playoff positions weren't decided until the final days of the season. Television ratings were up more than 30 percent and the Game 3 clincher of the WNBA Finals had its highest rating on ESPN2 since 2010.
DENVER (AP) — Sue Bird, basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets. The title has a nice ring to it.
Sue Bird, point guard for the Seattle Storm. Now that's a title she's not quite ready to give up.
Bird has spent the last month with the Nuggets, hitting the road to help out with some scouting. The 38-year-old is receiving a first-class education in another side of the game and it gives her something to ponder down the road.
There's been no better and more entertaining rivalry in women's college basketball over the past decade than the one between Notre Dame and UConn.
From Breanna Stewart's dominance of the Irish in the Final Four while UConn won four straight national championships to Arike Ogunbowale's last-second shot in overtime of the national semifinals last season that beat the Huskies, these storied programs have gone toe-to-toe on the game's biggest stage.
DENVER (AP) — WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets' front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career.
Tim Connelly, the Nuggets' president of basketball operations, said Bird's new title is basketball operations associate.
In a statement, Connelly said, "We are very excited to have Sue join our organization. Her resume certainly speaks for itself and as a still active player she will offer an extremely unique perspective."
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley began fall practice Thursday, hoping her experience leading some of the world's best players to a FIBA World Cup crown can help mold the young Gamecocks into a championship group.
Staley was leading practice on campus, just four days after guiding the U.S. national women's basketball team to its third consecutive World Cup title in the Canary Islands in Spain.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi know that winning a World Cup keeps getting more difficult.
With the rest of the world improving, the two iconic U.S. players are especially proud of what they accomplished with a third straight championship.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. It's gold medal or bust.
She experienced it first as a player with the U.S., then as an assistant and now as the team's head coach. She's been successful in each position, helping the Americans win gold.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship.
The longtime USA Basketball teammates had accomplished another piece of history together.
The pair has been a key part of all three titles and hasn't lost a World Cup game in nearly 12 years, including Sunday night's 73-56 win over Australia in the gold medal game.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — With not much going right offensively, U.S. coach Dawn Staley turned to the Seattle Storm trio to help jumpstart the offense.
The move worked as Breanna Stewart, Jewell Loyd and Sue Bird sparked a 14-3 run to close the first half and rally the U.S. to a 71-40 win over pesky Nigeria on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball World Cup.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Veterans Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each had one of their best WNBA seasons.
Both players credit changing the way they take care of their bodies off the court for their successes on it. Eating healthier, getting more rest and doing more stretching has helped. Also, the USA Basketball mainstays are only playing in the WNBA during the summer and not overseas in the offseason.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup gets underway on Saturday with eight games. The U.S. will tip off against Senegal in its quest for a third consecutive championship, something the Americans have never done in their storied history.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Here we are on the eve of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup getting started and I'm so excited to wear the USA jersey again.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Here we are on the eve of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup getting started and I'm so excited to wear the USA jersey again.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — It would be easy to think it's a forgone conclusion that the U.S. women's basketball team will win a third straight World Cup.
The Americans haven't lost a major international contest since falling to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship. That includes winning the last two world championships.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — The U.S. women's basketball roster is full of WNBA All-Stars and clearly the 12-member team led by Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart will be fun to watch.
Here are a few other players that may not get the same headlines as the Americans. Some have played in the WNBA while others have had incredible careers internationally.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — It's been a whirlwind week for Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. The trio won a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm and then dashed off to play for USA Basketball in the FIBA Women's World Cup.
TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — Fresh off winning a third WNBA title, Sue Bird will try to help the U.S. win a third straight FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.
Bird is on the American squad for a record fifth time and can get an unprecedented fourth gold medal.
She'll be joined on the U.S. roster by Seattle Storm teammates Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. The trio helped the Storm win the WNBA championship last week sweeping the Washington Mystics.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's national basketball team cut its roster down to 16 finalists for the FIBA Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
Washington's Elena Delle Donne and Seattle's Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart are all still competing in the WNBA Finals. Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Wednesday, and the Storm lead 2-0.
Delle Donne, Bird and Stewart were all part of the last world championship team that won gold in 2014 and were on the 2016 Olympic team.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Dawn Staley and USA Basketball are used to players showing up in the final days before the world championship.
It's an ongoing issue with the current world cup format since the tournament begins right after the WNBA season ends.
"It's familiar territory," she said. "I watched Geno (Auriemma) go through. You don't fret it. It is what it is. ... You just add the players in as they come. They understand this game. We won't put anything in they haven't seen before."
NEW YORK (AP) — Rest, injury, the WNBA playoffs and retirement have left the U.S. women's basketball national team with a fresh look heading into training camp this week.
Seven members from the 2016 Olympic team likely won't be on the world cup roster, giving many younger players a chance to represent the U.S. later this month in Spain.
Diana Taurasi admits that she's learning on the fly about being a parent.
The WNBA great's wife Penny Taylor gave birth to Leo Michael Taurasi-Taylor on March 1. The two parents will celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary next month.
"There's no book, no pamphlet, no advice, a lot of it is trial by fire," Taurasi said in a phone interview this week while playing with USA Basketball in Seattle. "I'm lucky to have Penny around, she keeps the ship afloat."
NEW YORK (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are back for another run with the U.S. women's basketball team.
The four-time Olympic gold medalists are among the 29 players chosen Thursday for the national team pool. Eleven members of the 2016 Olympic team that won a sixth consecutive gold medal for the Americans are in the group. The only player missing from that team is Tamika Catchings, who retired after the 2016 WNBA season.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma is becoming a talk show host.
The Hall-of-Famer is not giving up his day job as coach of the 11-time national champion Huskies, but has added a side job interviewing sports figures, authors, actors, and anyone else he finds interesting for a new podcast called "Holding Court with Geno Auriemma."
NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley is excited to lead her first USA Basketball camp as head coach of the national team.
She will oversee three days of training in Santa Barbara, California, this weekend. Originally 30 players were supposed to attend, but that number is down to 17 because of the WNBA Finals and some injuries.
"I'm ready to get things going," Staley said Friday night in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "We have a good group of players and you can't beat that."
NEW YORK (AP) — There's definitely star power with veterans Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird and young phenoms Skylar Diggins and Breanna Stewart playing in the two single-elimination games to start the WNBA playoffs.
The WNBA playoffs open Wednesday when Washington hosts Dallas and Seattle visits Phoenix. There's added wattage with Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne participating in the opening round.
Sue Bird has made a career out of helping others score on the basketball court with her pinpoint passes.
Now she's on the verge of breaking the WNBA's career record for assists, passing Ticha Penichero's mark.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rio Olympics seemed to be a fitting closure to the USA Basketball careers of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.
The pair won their fourth straight Olympic gold medals and had one final run with their former UConn coach Geno Auriemma. While neither said in Rio that they were officially retiring from the American team, it sure felt like they had put on those U.S. jerseys for the final time.
Now, nearly a year later, the duo has left the door open to continuing their U.S. careers.
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart decided this offseason that she wanted a home base even given the nomadic nature of her professional basketball career.
After making the decision to buy her own place and have Seattle be that stable place, there was no question who Stewart was going to lean on for some help getting settled.
"It was fun. It's nice when you're not the one buying," Seattle teammate Sue Bird said. "It was cool. I was glad I could help."
NEW YORK (AP) — Whether it's to plan for their future once basketball is done, promote healthy living or just to have some fun, WNBA players such as Sue Bird and Maya Moore are getting involved in the food industry.
The key is to do it with people they trust.
Bird has invested in restaurants in the Northeast for over a decade, getting started when UConn coach Geno Auriemma presented the opportunity for his former players to buy into his place at the Mohegan Sun.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sue Bird is thrilled for a chance to show off Seattle.
The Emerald City will host the WNBA All-Star Game next year for the first time, the league announced Wednesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There was a calm, relaxed atmosphere at the final practice for the U.S. women's basketball team.
Maybe it's because injured guard Sue Bird was able to participate. Or maybe because many of the players have been in this position before — a win away from another Olympic title.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It's rare to see the U.S. women's basketball team struggle during the Olympics. Then again, they've had Sue Bird running the show for over a decade.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sue Bird and the U.S. women's basketball team received some good news Wednesday when an MRI revealed that the team captain and point guard just had a knee capsule sprain.
Bird had initially feared the injury would be much worse.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Diana Taurasi and the U.S. women's basketball brushed aside yet another opponent at the Rio Games after being challenged for the first time in the Olympics, albeit for just one half.
While Japan played the Americans tough in the first half, the end result was another blowout victory for the U.S., although the 110-64 dismantling of the Japanese team may have come at a cost.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There was no question coming into the Olympics that the U.S. women's basketball team could score.
With the offense struggling at points Friday for the first time, the Americans turned up their defensive effort to dispatch Canada.
Maya Moore scored 12 points and the U.S. clinched the top seed in the group with an 81-51 win over its northern neighbors.
"I think we played really hard today on defense," guard Sue Bird said. "Everyone's...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sue Bird took a moment to pause and look around the U.S. women's basketball practice court.
Standing in one corner doing interviews was assistant Jen Rizzotti, who helped Geno Auriemma win his first title at the school in 1995. On the other end of the court was 2016 Connecticut grad Breanna Stewart showing off her dunking skills while catching alley-oop passes. Right in the middle of it all, as he always has been, was Auriemma. The Hall of Fame...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Everywhere Sue Bird looks on the court, there's someone in a U.S. jersey that can score. It's a point guard's dream.
From top to bottom this version of the American Olympic women's basketball team is stacked with offensive weapons. And at the early pace they are scoring at the Rio Games, they might break the 1996 team's record average of 102.4...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Diana Taurasi and the U.S. women's basketball team opened their Olympics with a record rout.
The Americans were not expected to be challenged on Sunday by Senegal, and the only real suspense was how many records they would set. When it ended, they had set three Olympic marks: Points scored in a game, margin of victory and assists.
The players and the US coaching staff were happy with how the team set the records.
SEATTLE (AP) — Lauren Jackson would have loved nothing more than a chance to don her Seattle Storm uniform and play one more time in front of the team's vocal fans.
"If I could, I would. But actually, I don't have a knee anymore," she said with a smile at the end of a media roundtable session with longtime teammate Sue Bird. "It'd be almost impossible."
Instead, the Australian superstar and four-time Olympian settled for being honored and cheered loudly by those...
No team has been more dominant at the Olympics over the past 20 years then the U.S. women's basketball team, winning five straight gold medals.
They'll try and keep that streak going in Rio.
"Training time is always our biggest challenge," said three-time gold medalist Sue Bird. "When you get to the medal rounds it's one and done, but we have a lot of experience in those games and look to continue our recent success."