updated 7/9/2008 6:27:10 PM ET 2008-07-09T22:27:10

Tamika Catchings, Delisha Milton-Jones and Kara Lawson are going to play ball in Beijing.

The WNBA stars have earned the final three spots on the U.S. women's basketball team going to the Olympics, a person familiar with the choices told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was planned for Thursday.

Catchings would have been among the original nine picks in May had she not been slow to recover after tearing her right Achilles' tendon last September. She started all eight games in Athens on the gold medal-winning 2004 Olympic team, averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. She also had 22 steals.

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