The Washington Mystics' Chamique Holdsclaw and Nikki McCray have been selected for the 12-player U.S. women's national basketball team that will represent the United States at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, a knowledgeable source confirmed.

An announcement of the 1999-2000 national team is expected at a news conference here Saturday morning.

For Holdsclaw, 22, the 2000 Summer Games will be her first Olympics. McCray, 27, played for the 1996 Olympic team that won the gold medal. McCray was selected last August as one of six members of the U.S. national team, a group intended to form the squad's nucleus through the 2000 Olympics.

Core players Lisa Leslie, Dawn Staley, Ruthie Bolton-Holifield and Katie Smith also are expected to be named Saturday. Jennifer Azzi, who was named a core member, withdrew from the national team for personal reasons.

Holdsclaw, who was just named the WNBA's player of the week, was the third-leading scorer (10.9 points per game) and rebounder (5.4 rebounds) for the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 1998 women's world championships in Berlin. McCray tied for fourth (9.3 points) in scoring.

The team named Saturday will kick off its Olympic quest in San Diego Sept. 10-12 at the U.S. Olympic Cup, a four-team tournament that includes Brazil, Australia and Poland.