"In our league, you get opportunity to be successful," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. "Our AD's (athletic directors) and administrators give us an opportunity to be successful by keeping us around a little longer. They understand that it's really hard in our league. It's really, really hard. It takes a program 3-4-5 years to start seeing the pendulum move a little bit."
"Historically speaking, it has been great for our program to have a college tour," U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. "All our past USA teams that had a college tour went on to win Olympic gold medals. So, if we can pull back into some historical times in which we had the opportunity to showcase our national team in this light, women's college basketball is at an all-time high as far as exposure. This will increase the exposure to women's basketball. And I'm excited. ... It's more prep time. The more time we have, the better we will perform in Tokyo."