2006 USA Women's World Championship Games To Air On FSN, NBATV

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August 29, 2006 • Colorado Springs

Fans will be able to watch live on NBATV and tape-delayed on FSN (Fox Sports Network) the 2006 USA Women's World Championship Team, featuring three-time Olympians Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks) and Sheryl Swoopes (Houston Comets), in its quest to defend the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. NBATV will air all nine of the USA's games live, provided the United States advances to the medal games, with FSN (Fox Sports Network) slated to air the games at midnight (EDT) the night of each game. The 15th World Championship, which features national teams from 16 countries, will take place in Barueri (a Sao Paulo suburb) and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 12-23.

In addition to Leslie and Swoopes, the talent-packed roster includes some of the game's most recognizable names, including two-time Olympian Katie Smith (Detroit Shock); 2000 Olympic gold medalist DeLisha Milton-Jones (Washington Mystics); 2004 Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Tina Thompson (Houston Comets); as well as 2003 USA U21 World Championship Team gold medalists Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Alana Beard (Washington Mystics) and two players to be determined.

The squad will be headed by four-time U.S. Olympic Team member and Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan, who will be assisted by Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault and collegiate head coaches Gail Goestenkors of Duke University (N.C.) and Dawn Staley of Temple University (Pa.).

The top three finishing teams from each preliminary round group will advance to the second round, where the top three teams in Group C, the USA's preliminary pool, will compete Sept. 16-18 against the top three teams in Group D (times TBD). The advancing teams from Group A and Group B will play against each other in the second round.

Quarterfinals are scheduled for Sept. 20, with the semifinals played Sept. 21. On Sept. 22, the bronze medal will be contested at 10:00 a.m., with the gold medal game following at 1:00 p.m.

The 2006 USA Women's World Championship Team will begin the final push towards defending its title at the FIBA World Championship during an Aug. 29-Sept. 7 training camp that will be highlighted by an exhibition contest against 2004 Olympic silver medalist Australia at Duke University (N.C.) on Sept. 7, as well as a trio of practices that are free and open to the public on Aug. 30 at North Carolina State University, Aug. 31 at the University of North Carolina and Sept. 3 at Duke.

The U.S. will begin training at 10:00 a.m. at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium on Aug. 29 and will train there daily at 10:00 a.m. through Sept. 6. In addition to those practice sessions, which are open to credentialed media only, the USA squad will host three practices that are free and open to the public. On Aug. 30, the squad can be seen starting at 6:30 p.m. at North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum, the Aug. 31 open practice also tips at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at North Carolina's Carmichael Auditorium, while the USA's Sept. 3 open practice will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Cameron.

Capping the USA's 10 days of 2006 FIBA World Championship preparations in the Raleigh-Durham area is a clash between two of the top teams in the world as the USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team is hosting the Australia National Team on Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Cameron.

At the 2006 FIBA World Championship the United States will look to continue building upon the success it's experienced over the last decade in the international arena. Since the 1996 Olympic Games the USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team has posted five consecutive gold medals at the Olympics and FIBA World Championships. Not only have the American women finished on top of the podium, they have posted an unblemished 42-0 record - an unparalleled streak over the past decade among U.S. women's traditional team sports. Additionally, the United States is No. 1 in the world in every age group after also claiming gold at the 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship and 2003 FIBA U21 World Championship.

The Donovan-led U.S. squad will seek to defend its World Championship title at the 15th FIBA World Championship. Behind the play of 2002 FIBA World Championship MVP Leslie, as well as Bird, Catchings, Milton-Jones, Smith and Swoopes, the United States captured the ‘02 gold medal, successfully defending it's 1998 World Championship crown.

The U.S. owns a record seven gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the World Championship, while compiling an 80-20 (.800 winning percentage) record, including a 19-0 winning streak that dates back to the 1994 bronze medal game.

The USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team Committee, chaired by WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Reneé Brown, selected the USA coaches and players and is continuing to evaluate players for the final roster position, which will be announced later this summer.

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