MELBOURNE (FIBA World Championship for Women) - Lauren Jackson, Kristi Harrower and Belinda Snell are all back to defend the gold medal they won in Brazil four years ago.
Australia coach Carrie Graf named the experienced trio in her Opals squad for the FIBA World Championship for Women at the end of a week's training camp in Melbourne.
Graf is hoping to repeat the success she and Jackson enjoyed in the WNBL, where they won the title together earlier this year.
“We want to do the Opals proud,” said Graf.
“We’re about maintaining our ranking in the top three and we’re always going into Championships trying to win medals.
Obviously the medal you want to win is the big one and we’ve got to overcome a lot of great opponents to do that."
Harrower, the WNBL player of the year, also brings plenty of experience from the domestic scene.
Also catching the eye on the 13-strong list is the 18-year-old Elizabeth Cambage, a star of last year's U17 World Championship who is clearly on a fast-track.
“In this particular group there are players who were previously emerging talent who are now legitimate talent, so I think the people that are in the mix are exciting prospects not only for now but for the future of women’s basketball,” said Graf.
Australia will face a testing group at the World Championship in Ostrava, where they have been drawn against Belarus, Canada and China.
Australia squad: Tully Bevilaqua, Abby Bishop, Elizabeth Cambage, Hollie Grima, Krstia Harrower, Jenna O'Hea, Lauren Jackson, Erin Phillips, Alicia Poto, Samatha Richards, Belinda Snell, Penny Taylor, Marianna Tolo.
photos Janos Schmidt