Three Storm players named to U.S. world cup roster

Fresh off winning a third WNBA title, Sue Bird will try to help the U.S. win a third straight FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup.

Bird is on the American squad for a record fifth time and can get an unprecedented fourth gold medal.

She will be joined on the U.S. roster by Seattle Storm teammates Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. The trio helped the Storm win the WNBA championship last week, sweeping the Washington Mystics.

"It helps to have a sweep," U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. "We're going to get them now versus they wouldn't have gotten here until maybe a day or two or three later, but to get them here yesterday in time to get a little practice in and play against a competitive team like Australia this morning really helps a great deal."

Washington star Elena Delle Donne will also be on the world cup roster. She suffered a bone bruise in her left knee during the WNBA playoffs but is well enough to play in the world cup for the first time.

"EDD wanted to be here," Staley said. "She played through an injury to be here. We'll watch what we do with her. We'll cut down on her practice time and get her ready to help us through the games we need to play."

The U.S. plays Senegal on Saturday, China on Sunday and Latvia on Tuesday in group play.

World Cup veterans Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles and Nneka Ogwumike are also on the U.S. roster.

"The key word for us looking at our roster is versatility," Staley said. "Players that can play multiple positions. We can play big or small. When you have that variety, it helps you in the tournament."

The U.S. has four other first-timers on the roster besides Delle Donne and Loyd. A'ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Morgan Tuck and Layshia Clarendon are all making their first appearances in the tournament. Plum and Clarendon will help provide some depth at point guard.

Elizabeth Williams, Kelsey Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell and Napheesa Collier were the four finalists who did not make the team.

Wilson is reunited with Staley, whom she played for at South Carolina.

"I'm extremely happy for A'ja," Staley said. "She's probably one of the youngest players we've had on this type of team that has had WNBA experience. She's fared well. She doesn't make the team if she didn't have that going for her.

"Lot of unknowns coming out of college and playing on a team like this. What she gives me is familiarity. Sometimes, you know, in the heat of a game, I'm probably drawing something that we don't have in our playbook, but you have A'ja that knows the play. She's familiar with how I implement things."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.