Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree Among 21 Finalists For U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 03: (L-R) Candice Dupree #4 and Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury during the WNBA game against the Los Angeles Sparks at US Airways Center on September 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Sparks 93-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Taurasi will be in search of her third Olympic Gold Medal and Dupree will be looking for her first.

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and forward Candice Dupree are among a field of 21 finalists to be chosen to represent the U.S. as a part of the U.S. Women's Olympic basketball team this summer.

"Now that we're down to 21 finalists, you look around and you see a group of players that have tremendous experience," said Geno Auriemma, the USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. "(We have) players that have won (Olympic) gold medals, won World Championships, there are WNBA champions on the list, players that have won in Europe in international competition. You've got a group of players that have experienced everything there is to experience and as a coach, as someone who's been around these players, I couldn't be happier with this group. They represent the best of what the United States has to offer."

Taurasi joins the Seattle Storm's Sue Bird and Indian Fever's Tamika Catchings as the only finalists who were also on the Gold medal-winning teams in 2004 and 2008. Dupree and Taurasi were both on the 2010 World Championship Team.

For the full list of finalists and more on the U.S. Women's basketball team, click here.

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