Kahleah Copper’s FIBA diary: Rest, rest, rest

Sep 26, 2022, 9:56 PM | Updated: Sep 27, 2022, 10:00 am
United States' Kahleah Copper runs past South Korea's Heo Yeeun during their game at the women's Ba...

United States' Kahleah Copper runs past South Korea's Heo Yeeun during their game at the women's Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

              United States' Kahleah Copper shoots for goal during their game at the women's Basketball World Cup against China in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
            
              United States' Kahleah Copper lays up to score a goal during their game at the women's Basketball World Cup against South Korea in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
            
              United States' Kahleah Copper lays up for shot at goal during their game at the women's Basketball World Cup against South Korea in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
            
              United States' Kahleah Copper runs past South Korea's Heo Yeeun during their game at the women's Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

SYDNEY (AP) — Rest, rest and more rest.

There’s been a lot of basketball in a short time and finding time to recover has been key to staying fresh and having success. You have to take care of your body. I have to give a huge thank you to the training staff of Courtney (Watson), Hannah (Wengertsman), Doc Cummings and Fran (Parsons), and everybody who helps keep us ready, reminding us to stay off our feet and stay hydrated.

Games come quickly here with five games in six days and you don’t have much time between them to recover or get your nails done — anyone know a good place here in Sydney?

It helps that the beds are really comfortable here. I can just lay in bed, recover and watch my favorite show “Chicago PD.” Some of my teammates went out on the off day to the beach and did different things, but for me it was important to just chill.

Eating is another part of the key to recover. Shout out to Uber Eats. I think they owe me a check for the amount I’ve been ordering while here. I found an Outback Steakhouse that had really good lamb chops and pasta and of course they had the Bloomin’ Onion. I mean how cool is that have Outback in Australia!

While resting I’ve also had time to reflect a bit. It’s unreal to think that I’m here in Australia playing for the USA. You work so hard and you think about the little girl who watched Team USA growing up and you know, now I’m part of it. To bring 12 of the best players together and grow together as a team in a short time is amazing. We’re continuing to get better every single day.

I think it’s important for me to be in the moment and acknowledge it and not let the opportunity pass without really enjoying it.

I’m here, I’m enjoying it and am just grateful.

___

Chicago Sky star Kahleah Copper is playing on her first World Cup team for the U.S. and is periodically checking in from Sydney.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Lawrence hangs on to win South African Open

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thriston Lawrence held on to win his home South African Open despite a final-round 2-over 74 at the Blair Atholl course on Sunday. Lawrence started the day with a two-shot lead over Clement Sordet of France and despite extending his advantage to five strokes early on the back nine, the South African […]
1 day ago
Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger stands on the tribune before the World Cup group G soccer match ...
Associated Press

FIFA official Wenger knocks teams protesting at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA official Arsène Wenger took a shot at World Cup teams who tried to make political statements in Qatar, saying Sunday they lacked focus for their first games. Wenger said teams who had a good opening game were mentally ready to focus on the competition and “not on political demonstration.” The […]
1 day ago
Brazil's Neymar applauds fans at the end of the World Cup group G soccer match between Cameroon and...
Associated Press

Brazil waits on Neymar for South Korea game at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Whether Neymar is in the lineup, on the bench or resting for a third consecutive game will depend on how he performs in Brazil’s last training session ahead of its round-of-16 match against South Korea on Monday at the World Cup. The Brazil star missed two group-stage matches with a right […]
1 day ago
Weston McKennie of the United States leaves the pitch at the end of the World Cup round of 16 socce...
Associated Press

American soccer success in World Cup remains a dream

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — American soccer success in the World Cup remains a dream. The U.S. team looked better in this year’s World Cup, but the results were the same as in 2010 and 2014. The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 following a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday. “We’ve shown […]
1 day ago
Australia's Aziz Behich is comforted after losing the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Ar...
Associated Press

What’s next for Australia after World Cup exit?

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Australia’s World Cup adventure came to an end against a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina. A 2-1 loss at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium matched its best-ever performance at soccer’s biggest tournament by reaching the round of 16 for only the second time in its history. EXPECTATION VS. PERFORMANCE Drawn in Group D […]
1 day ago
Argentina's Julian Alvarez celebrates his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 socce...
Associated Press

Messi’s sidekick Julián Álvarez flourishing at the World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — This season has been quite an education for Julián Álvarez. From being the understudy to Erling Haaland in his first year at Manchester City to being the sidekick to Lionel Messi for Argentina at the World Cup, Álvarez is learning from the biggest stars in soccer. He’s on the path to […]
1 day ago
Kahleah Copper’s FIBA diary: Rest, rest, rest