FIBA Olympic Women's Qualifying Tournament schedule, results: Team USA escapes historic defeat vs. Belgium

Team USA’s 2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament campaign got off to a thrilling start when Breanna Stewart secured an 81-79 win over Belgium on Thursday with a tip-in at the buzzer. Stewart’s heroics saved the Americans from what would have been a historic defeat. 

By virtue of winning the 2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup, Team USA has already qualified for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, but are still participating in the qualifying tournament to gain continuity and compete against high-qualify opposition. They’ll play three games from Feb. 8-11 against Belgium, Nigeria and Senegal. 

Here’s a look at Team USA’s schedule:

  • Feb. 8: Team USA 81, Belgium 79
  • Feb. 9 vs. Nigeria, 12:15 p.m. ET 
  • Feb. 11 vs. Senegal, 1:15 p.m. ET 

All games can be streamed on Courtside 1891.  

Ahead of the action, here’s a look at the 12 WNBA stars that will represent Team USA in Belgium. It’s important to note these are not necessarily the 12 players that will be on the Olympic roster. 

Ariel Atkins


Washington Mystics

Aliyah Boston


Indiana Fever

Napheesa Collier


Minnesota Lynx

Kahleah Copper


Chicago Sky

Rhyne Howard


Atlanta Dream

Sabrina Ionescu


New York Liberty

Jewell Loyd


Seattle Storm

Kelsey Plum


Las Vegas Aces

Breanna Stewart


Free agent

Diana Taurasi


Phoenix Mercury

Alyssa Thomas


Connecticut Sun

Jackie Young


Las Vegas Aces

Seven of the players on the roster — Atkins, Collier, Loyd, Plum, Stewart, Taurasi and Young — have won an Olympic gold medal, while Copper, Ionescu and Thomas have all won a World Cup gold medal. Boston and Howard, the two youngest players on the squad, will be making the senior national team debuts in Antwerp. 

Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx) will be Team USA’s head coach, while Curt Miller (Los Angeles Sparks) and Mike Thibault (Washington Mystics GM) will serve as her assistants. 

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