The U.S. women's basketball team will be favored in the world championship no matter whom it selects, but deciding which superb players to leave off the squad will be brutally difficult, writes Mechelle Voepel.
Australia's twin towers Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage are only playing better together with each game. But Wednesday, Tina Charles and the U.S. women played even better, beating the Aussies to advance as the top seed to the quarterfinals.
Team USA, as always, is talented. But as the Americans try to improve on their third-place finish four years ago, it's also a team with several members still learning the ropes of a competition at this level.
For the first time in 14 years, the U.S. women's basketball team will head into a major competition without center Lisa Leslie as this year's WNBA MVP will miss the World Championship, citing family issues.