On a roster full of former WNBA MVPs, Tina Charles might be the most important player when Team USA takes on France, which beat the Americans in an exhibition less than two weeks ago, in Friday's world championship quarterfinals.
A month ago, the best players on the best teams in the WNBA clashed in one of the top games of the playoffs. On Sunday, they joined forces, as players such as Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore stepped up to lead USA Basketball past Serbia.
It's not that the Americans won't face some challenges or can sleepwalk their way onto the medal stand, but this U.S. squad, which beat China 87-56 in the FIBA opener, is one that can control its fate.
Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride and Stefanie Dolson were cut from the USA Basketball women's roster Sunday as the team continues its preparations for the FIBA World Championship, which begins Saturday in Turkey.