Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/1/14

NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: Diana Taurasi of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury attends a screening of 'Coach Carter' at Loews Lincoln Square theaters on January 13, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and forward Candice Dupree were selected to a field of 21 finalists in the mix for the 2012 U.S. Womens Olympic basketball team roster, USA Basketball announced today. Now that were down to 21 finalists, you look around and you see a group of players that have tremendous experience, said Geno Auriemma, 2009-12 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. (We have) players that have won (Olympic) gold medals, won World Championships, there are WNBA champions on the list, players that have won in Europe in international competition. Youve got a group of players that have experienced everything there is to experience and as a coach, as someone whos been around these players, I couldnt be happier with this group. They represent the best of what the United States has to offer. The other finalists include: -- center Jayne Appel and forward Sophia Young of the San Antonio Silver Stars. -- forward Seimone Augustus, forward Rebekkah Brunson, fo...
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