Brittney Griner has now been wrongfully imprisoned in Russia for 216 days. Players across the League continue to honor, support, and pray for BG’s return home. The Mercury center represented USA Basketball in the following:
- 2020 Olympics
- 2020 Women’s National Team
- 2018 World Cup
- 2016 Olympics
- 2015 Women’s National Team
- 2014 World Cup
- 2011 Women’s National Team
In honor of BG, no one on the USWNT will wear No. 15 during the 2022 FIBA World Cup. Players traditionally wear Nos. 4-15; however, they will don Nos. 4-14 and 16 this year.
Although they were missing WNBA champs members Kelsey Plum, A’ja Wilson, and Chelsea Gray, the USA Women’s team opened the World Cup with a decisive 87-72 win over Belgium. Alyssa Thomas nearly finished with a triple-double, recording an impressive stat line of 14 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. Breanna Stewart poured in 22 points, almost trying her World Cup record, as well as three blocks and three steals.
The USA Women’s National Team continues its World Cup run against Puerto Rico tonight at 8:30 ET.