USA Basketball Women's National Team To Test Itself Against China During May 11-13 Training Camp In Seattle
Colorado Springs, Colo. • April 12, 2012
Highlighted by a May 12 exhibition game against the China National Team, the 2012 USA Basketball Women's National Team has added a May 11-13 training camp in Seattle, Wash., to its schedule. The USA versus China exhibition contest will be held at KeyArena on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. (all times listed are local). Tickets for the USA vs. China game will be available for sale on April 17 online at www.stormbasketball.com or ticketmaster.com, any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 206-217-9622 or 1-877- 9622-849. Group tickets are available by calling 206-217-9622.
In addition to the May 12 exhibition game against China, which captured the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship gold medal, the U.S. will open training with a practice on May 11 at 6:00 p.m. and conclude its mini-camp with a 10:00 a.m. scrimmage against the Japan National Team, 2011 FIBA Asia Championship bronze medalists, on May 13. The USA team practices on May 11 and 13, which will be held at Seattle Pacific University, are open to credentialed media only.
"I'm looking forward to it because it'll be the first time that the entire team will be together," said Geno Auriemma, 2009-12 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach. "It's been kind of difficult with everybody's schedules to have many training camps. So, Im really looking forward to it from that standpoint.
"The fans will get a big kick out of seeing the best players in the world play together, seeing the USA National Team, guys who have been on it in the past and guys who are making it for the first time. It's an exciting time. Then, you add two other national teams, Japan and China. I think it's going to be a great weekend of basketball.
"I think Seattle is a perfect place for this. They've shown that they can do a great job supporting and promoting women's basketball. They have one of the best organizations in the entire WNBA. They've got great ownership, great fan support and I'm sure that they'll do a super job of promoting it. I'm sure the fans will come out to support the team."
Players participating in the training camp include: Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Tina Charles (Connecticut Sun), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx).
The USA and China have played each other 26 times in various major tournaments since 1977, with the U.S. owning a 25-1 record over China. The lone loss was in 1993 at the World University Games, when China edged the USA 75-73. At the highest level, Olympic and FIBA World Championship competitions, the nations have squared off nine times, with the Americans claiming five Olympic victories and four World Championship wins. Additionally, since 1995, the USA and China national teams have faced each other 11 times in various exhibition games and tournaments, with the U.S. collecting victories the first 10 contests. In the most recent clash between the two nations, China edged the USA 84-81 in the gold medal contest of the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament.
The U.S. has played Japan 16 times in major international events, and after Japan took the first two wins the U.S. collected victories the last 14 times these two nations have met. Splitting their two Olympic contests, the USA owns a 2-1 record over Japan in FIBA World Championship action. The two national teams have clashed five times since 1995, and the USA won all five contests.
The May training is the final cog in the USA's 2012 training schedule. USA Basketball previously announced that the 2012 USA Women's National Team's July training would include exhibition contests against Brazil in Washington, D.C., on July 16; and Great Britain in Manchester, England, on July 18. Additionally, the USA is scheduled to play in a four-team tournament hosted by Turkey in Istanbul, July 21-24. The remaining two teams and the tournament schedule will be announced at a later date.
Auriemma will be assisted this summer by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, 1988 Olympic gold medalist and Washington Mystics assistant coach Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
Since 2008, USA Basketball men's and women's teams have compiled a sterling 134-6 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men's and women's champions of the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships; FIBA women's U19 world champions; the men's and women's title holders for the FIBA U17 World Championships; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.