Sykes named to Team USA roster

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE ATHLETICS) – Syracuse University alumna and current WNBA Atlanta Dream standout Brittney Sykes is one of 12 athletes to make the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming FIBA AmeriCup Sept. 22-29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Women’s National Team and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley announced the roster following a three-day camp that took place Sept. 17-19 on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

“It’s truly an honor to be back with USA Basketball and representing our country with an amazing group of women,” said Sykes. “I am looking forward to competing for gold and making memories that will last a lifetime.”

Sykes spent time with USA Basketball in 2012 as a member of the U.S. U-18 national team. She joins former Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) standout and current Atlanta Dream teammate Elizabeth Williams (Duke) on the roster.

Ten of the 12 athletes on the roster have captured at least one gold medal playing for USA Basketball junior teams. Sykes has taken part in two prior USA National Team training camps, and Khadija Sessions is the lone newcomer to the red, white and blue.

Sykes, the third-highest scorer in Syracuse history, tallied 1,846 points in 138 games for the Orange. She was the fifth Syracuse women’s basketball student-athlete to collect All-America honors when she was named WBCA Division I Coaches All-America Honorable Mention as a senior. She went on to be selected seventh overall by the Atlanta Dream in 2017, becoming the highest WNBA Draft pick in program history for Syracuse.

About Team USA and FIBA AmeriCup
Ten nations will take part in the AmeriCup, with the top eight finishing teams advancing to a Nov. 10-18 FIBA Americas Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament (site TBA).

The field has been drawn into two pools of five teams each. Group A features Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The USA will compete in Group B against Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay.

Following preliminary play, the top two teams from each group advance to the Sept. 28 semifinals. The gold and bronze medal games will be held Sept. 29. All of the USA games will be shown live on ESPN+.

The USA opens AmeriCup competition against Paraguay at 3 p.m. (all times listed are EDT) on Sept. 22, then will play Colombia at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, Argentina at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 and closes preliminary play against Brazil at 3 p.m. on Sept. 26.

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