2014 USA Women’s National Team To Play First Exhibition In First State With USA Basketball Showcase At University of Delaware
-- ESPN2 To Carry Both U.S. Domestic Exhibition Contests --
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The complete exhibition schedule for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s National Team has been finalized and includes the USA Basketball Showcase, a Red-White intrasquad game, at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 11 at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center, which along with the previously announced Sept. 15 exhibition contest versus Canada, will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
Tickets for the USA Basketball Showcase go on sale on Aug. 11 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) and can be purchased through the Bob Carpenter Center box office, by calling 302-831-2257 or online via ticketmaster.com.
In addition to the domestic exhibition schedule, the USA squad will play four additional exhibition games in Europe against 2012 Olympic silver medalist France, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Australia, 2010 FIBA World Championship silver medalist Czech Republic and 2013 FIBA Asia bronze medalist China, prior to the start of the 2014 FIBA World Championship, hosted by Turkey Sept. 27 – Oct. 5.
“This is going to be an excellent kick-off to our training, especially the Red-White game in Delaware,” said Geno Auriemma, 2013-16 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. “The USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool is extremely deep and anyone not playing in the WNBA Finals will be fighting for a spot on the USA World Championship Team. That is going to make for an incredibly competitive game. You know, most of our players say that USA National Team practices are oftentimes more competitive than any game they play and this is going to be a great opportunity for our fans to see just how hard these guys play every single day. Plus, there’s a lot at stake in terms of a roster spot, so even though it’s an intrasquad game, it’s going to be fun to watch.
“I’m also extremely excited that ESPN2 is going to be airing both of the USA’s domestic exhibition games. For fans who are unable to get to the east coast for these two games, they will still be able to see the team in action.
“Once we leave the United States, we’ll have four more games to prepare for the FIBA World Championship. These are going to be important to the team’s preparations, especially given our opponents. They will be four very difficult contests and I couldn’t be happier to be playing Australia, China, Czech Republic and France before we arrive in Istanbul. We played the Czechs in the last World Championship gold medal game and saw France in the Olympic gold medal game. Australia, they’re probably the best team in the world next to us and China is always a tough opponent. All of these games -- from the Red-White exhibition in Delaware to the final exhibition in Prague -- are going to help us get ready to defend gold in Istanbul.”
“USA Basketball is thrilled to partner with the University of Delaware and the Delaware Sports Commission for the Sept. 11 USA Women's National Team’s Red-White exhibition game,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. “Fans will have the unique opportunity to see some of our nation’s top athletes when the USA National Team is showcased to the public for the first time as it prepares for the FIBA World Championship. Over the past several years, Delaware has put its name on the women’s basketball map -- thanks in part to USA National Team member Elena Delle Donne -- and we couldn't be happier to be able to hold the 2014 USA National Team's first exhibition game in Delaware.”
“Delaware fans are truly some of the most avid women's basketball fans in the country,” said Elena Delle Donne, 2014-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team member and University of Delaware alum. “Having the USA team come to town will be one of the biggest sporting events Delaware fans have ever witnessed at the Bob Carpenter Center. I can guarantee the building will be rocking with tons of spirit and support.
“Returning to Delaware and wearing USA across my chest will be such an exhilarating moment for me. It has always been a dream of mine to play on the USA team and to do it in front of fans who have been watching me play since the eighth grade is going to be so special to me. I hope it will be a special moment for the fans as well.”
“It’s an incredible honor to have the USA Basketball Women’s National Team choose Delaware as a destination for their National Showcase,” said Matt Robinson, Chairman of the Delaware Sports Commission, which led the local effort to bring the Red vs. White game to the state. “This is exactly the kind of high-profile event we are constantly working to attract, because it will benefit the state on so many levels. By bringing the game to Delaware, the DSC delivers business to our partners and to local merchants, and also gives the state national television exposure.”
Available members of the 2014-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team, those not in the WNBA Playoffs, will begin training camp Sept. 8-10 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Traveling up the coast to Bridgeport, Connecticut, the USA will train Sept. 14 alongside Canada in Bridgeport, prior to the two teams squaring off in a Sept. 15 exhibition contest (7 p.m. EDT).
Tickets for the USA-Canada contest are available now and can be purchased through the box office at Webster Bank Arena, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online via websterbankarena.com.
Finalists for the 2014 USA World Championship Team will compete in the 2014 France International Tournament in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, Sept. 19-21. Opening against Australia on Sept. 19, the U.S. will face China on Sept. 20 and close the round-robin tournament against host France on Sept. 21.
From there, the Americans will head to Prague, Czech Republic, for an exhibition against Czech Republic on Sept. 23, before traveling to Istanbul for their final pre-World Championship preparations.
The final 12-member 2014 USA World Championship Team will be selected from the 2014-16 USA National Team pool, which currently includes: Jayne Appel (San Antonio Stars), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Candice Dupree (Phoenix Mercury), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury), Lindsey Harding (Los Angeles Sparks), Briann January (Indiana Fever), Glory Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Jantel Lavender (Los Angeles Sparks), Kara Lawson (Washington Mystics), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Cappie Pondexter (New York Liberty), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx), Monica Wright (Minnesota Lynx) and Sophia Young (San Antonio Stars).
Auriemma will be assisted on the sideline by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve and University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley.
The USA owns a record eight gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals in FIBA World Championship play, while compiling an all-time 97-21 record at the event. In 2010, the most recent World Championship, the U.S. finished with a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal.
FIBA World Championship
The FIBA World Championship has been contested essentially every four years since 1953, and the United States captured the first two gold medals before the beginning of the Soviet domination of women’s basketball was kicked-off at the 1959 World Championship. The former USSR put together a string of five straight golds (1959, 1964, 1967, 1971, 1975), before the United States reclaimed gold in 1979. The Soviet Union in 1983 earned its final FIBA World Championship crown as the USA went on to capture five of the next six World Championships (1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2010). The only other nations to break into the gold medal column at this event are Australia in 2006, and Brazil, which defeated the USA in the 1994 semifinals and went on to take first that year.
The 2014 FIBA World Championship will feature: Turkey, the host country, which also claimed bronze in the FIBA Europe Championship; the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games; Angola (gold medalist) and Mozambique (silver medalist) from FIBA Africa; Cuba (gold medalist), Canada (silver medalist) and Brazil (bronze medalist) from FIBA Americas; Spain (gold medalist), France (silver medalist), Serbia (fourth place), Belarus (fifth place) and Czech Republic (sixth place) from FIBA Europe; Australia (gold medalist) from FIBA Oceania; Japan (gold medalist), South Korea (silver medalist) and China (bronze medalist) from FIBA Asia.
The 17th FIBA World Championship format will feature a round-robin competition in preliminary round play with four groups comprised of four teams each. The top two teams from each preliminary group advance to the Oct. 3 quarterfinals, with the winners competing in the Oct. 4 medal semifinals and the gold medal game will be contested
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