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Gathering for the first time as a single unit, the 2008 USA Basketball Women�s National Team will practice July 28-31 in Palo Alto, Calif., in its final domestic training camp before traveling to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

2008 USA Basketball Women�s National Team To Kick-Off Final Training Camp July 28 in Palo Alto, California

Colorado Springs, Colo. � July 22, 2008

Gathering for the first time as a single unit, the 2008 USA Basketball Women�s National Team will practice July 28-31 in Palo Alto, Calif., in its final domestic training camp before traveling to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

�I am ready and excited to finally have all 12 Olympians in camp together, to continue our work toward that Olympic gold medal,� said USA head coach Anne Donovan, a three-time Olympian. �Although we have been through many competitions and training these last two years, this time we have all the pieces of our team together. This group is stacked with talent and they have the motivation and drive to get us where we want to be. The FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament will be a great test in our preparation. The tournament has all the perceived favorites to medal in Beijing and I�m sure it will be extremely competitive.�

The 12-member USA roster features veteran Olympic gold medalists and young talented stars, including three-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks); two-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith (Detroit Shock); Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), DeLisha Milton-Jones (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Tina Thompson (Houston Comets), all of whom have earned Olympic gold; as well as first time Olympians Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury).

Training camp, which is open to credentialed media only, will begin July 28 at 5:00 p.m. (all times local) at Stanford University�s Ford Center, located inside Burnham Pavilion. On July 29 the squad will return to Burnham Pavilion at 10:00 a.m., practice on July 20 will be held at Maples Pavilion at 4:00 p.m., and the USA�s final practice session in the U.S. is slated for 8:00 a.m. at Maples Pavilion.

In addition to the USA�s training, the team will attend the WNBA Inspiring Women Luncheon honoring Robin Roberts on July 30at 11:30 a.m. at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Donovan is being assisted by University of Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors, University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault.

Following the USA�s California training camp the squad will compete in the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in Haining, China. Opening against Japan on Aug. 3, the U.S. will face Russia on Aug. 4 in its second preliminary round Group B game. Teams in Group A include Australia, Mali and China. Following preliminary round play the teams will be seeded and the finals will be played on Aug. 5.

The women�s Olympic basketball competition tips off on Aug. 9 and the U.S. women open against the Czech Republic at 8:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EDT), followed by a clash against host China on Aug. 11 at 8:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EDT) and a 10:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m.) tip-off against Mali on Aug. 13. On Aug. 15 the U.S. will face Spain at 8:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. EDT) and close preliminary round play against New Zealand at 10:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m. EDT) on July 17.

The defending Olympic champs, the USA women in fact will be vying for a fourth consecutive Olympic gold. Since women�s basketball was officially staged at the 1976 Olympics, the Americans have collected a record five gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal, while compiling a 42-3 (.933) overall record in seven Olympic appearances (the United States chose not to participate in the 1980 Olympic Games).

The 2007-08 USA Basketball Women�s National Team participated in six different training camps, while the USA Select Team, featuring members of the USA National Team, competed in the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament. During the team�s training the USA compiled a 25-2 mark against nine different national teams and five professional club teams, earned the gold medal at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship and the silver medal at the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament. Additionally, the USA Select Team posted a 3-2 slate, brought home the silver medal from the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament and notched victories against a pair of Russia�s top professional teams and the defending Australia WNBL champs.

USA Basketball is the national governing body responsible for men�s and women�s basketball in the United States and is responsible for representing the USA in international competitions