The official rosters for tonight’s game were released and neither Diana Taurasi nor Cappie Pondexter were on them. It remains to be seen if they’ll even be present to watch the game, but Sue Bird and Swin Cash will be the only players on the U.S.A. roster with Connecticut connections. (Obviously, Pondexter has no connection to the state, but many fans probably remember her from her Rutgers days.)
On the Australian side, Penny Taylor also isn’t listed. Fans may not recognize too many names on the team, but there are a few. Indiana Fever guard Tully Bevilaqua is expected to start and wears No. 5 and former Sun player Laura Summerton is also on the team, wearing No. 11. Aside from them, no other player on the team played in the WNBA this past season.
When these two teams met on Sunday in Trenton, N.J., U.S.A. cruised 96-64. With Swin Cash’s addition to the American lineup and Australia still without Taylor and Lauren Jackson, fans may be in store for a similar result.
Check back around 8 p.m. for a halftime update.