US Top Women’s Basketball World Cup Lineup Joined by Nigeria, Senegal

The lineup for the first women’s basketball World Cup in 2018 has been completed by African champion Nigeria and runner-up Senegal.

The top-ranked United States, which qualified as the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics champion, heads the 16-team tournament being played Sept. 22-30 next year in Spain, ranked No. 2.

Nigeria and Senegal sealed their places by reaching the AfroBasket final, won 65-48 on Sunday by the Nigerians in Mali.

The U.S. is the two-time defending champion in a competition rebranded from the World Championship after the 2014 edition.

The qualified teams are, from Africa: Nigeria and Senegal; from the Americas: Argentina, Canada, Puerto Rico and United States; from Asia: Australia, China, Japan and South Korea; from Europe: Belgium, France, Greece, Latvia, Spain (host) and Turkey.