March 26, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: How to watch Team USA and other stars at the 2024 Olympics

Howard Megdal and Maggie Hendricks discuss the 2024 Olympics, including what Team USA can expect and how they plan to prepare

On the latest episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, host Howard Megdal is joined by journalist Maggie Hendricks. They take advantage of the break in the NCAA tournament to talk about another extremely notable development in women’s basketball – the 2024 draw and all that comes after it for the Paris summer Olympics. Maggie starts out by gushing over Emma Meesseman, her “favorite Belgian player,” who will be making an appearance this summer and helping to lead the way for Belgium. Howard and Maggie discuss all that Meesseman has done to build Belgian women’s basketball, including leading her team to winning the Euros last year, and to appearing in their first Olympics in Tokyo in 2021. “Emma made a sacrifice,” they agree. “She could be making a lot of money in the WNBA … but that sacrifice is to build Belgian basketball.”

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Howard and Maggie then break down the different groups into which the national women’s basketball teams have been sorted for the 2024 Paris Olympics. “To assume the United States will run roughshod over the entire tournament ignores the growth that we’ve talked about already, like in Belgium and throughout,” Howard explains. Maggie agrees, and identifies Japan, in addition to Belgium, as a team to watch this summer. “They’re a very good team, very fun to watch,” Maggie says. “I really hope American fans get a chance to watch as much of Japan playing as they can.”

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Howard and Maggie move on to discuss how Team USA is preparing for the Olympics. To have a WNBA team face off with Team USA is a “really helpful thing,” in terms of preparing for the Olympics, Maggie says. “It’s a good, healthy way … a smart thing … and makes it more fun for everyone.” The experience is great for teams and fans alike, Maggie contends, because “there’s a very real game coming up for Team USA, and they have to take this seriously.”

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