INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Fever guard Tiffany Mitchell is one of six young WNBA stars who have been named to the USA Basketball Women’s National Team training pool. Each of the athletes participated in a February training camp with the USA National Team.
“I was happy to see some of the younger players who haven’t played with USA Basketball on the national scene join in and fit right in,” USA National Team head coach Dawn Staley said. “They did a great job of blending. They didn’t look like they didn’t belong. When you’re playing against great players that we have in our pool, that’s saying a lot because they’ve been here, they’ve done that, and for the younger players who excelled in that situation, it only means that USA Basketball’s future is great.”
For Mitchell the February camp with her college head coach marked a return to USA Basketball activity that included training with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team prior to the 2016 Olympics, and a Women’s National Team mini-camp in 2015. She has taken part in USA Basketball events since 2010 and earned a silver medal with the U.S. in the Pan Am Games in 2015.
Mitchell played her college career under Staley while leading South Carolina to its first NCAA Final Four in 2015. Since her graduation in 2016, Mitchell has starred for Indiana while averaging 9.3 points per game over two seasons. A member of the WNBA All-Rookie Team, she set a Fever free throw mark as a rookie with 42 consecutive free throws and 91 percent free-throw shooting overall. She broke her own record with 43 straight free throws last year and was averaging 10.3 points per game at the time of a knee injury that cost her the final three weeks of the season. Her 91.6 career throw percentage (186-of-203) already is the best in Fever history.
Other additions to the training pool include Mitchell’s college teammate Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings), plus Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks), Brittney Sykes (Atlanta Dream), Sydney Wiese (Los Angeles Sparks) and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).
The USA Basketball Women’s National Team will conduct a training camp in Seattle, April 24-26. The 2018 USA World Cup Team is expected to be selected from the USA National Team pool, and the 2018 FIBA World Cup will be held Sept. 22-30 in Tenerife, Spain.