2013-16 USA Basketball Womenís National Team Tips-Off Training In Las Vegas
-- October 4-6 Mini-Camp First Step In Road To Defense Of World Championship Gold --
Sept. 23, 2013 ē Colorado Springs, Colo.
Owning a 80-1 record in major international play since 1996, the USA Basketball Womenís National Team program will begin its defense of the FIBA World Championship title with a mini-camp Oct. 4-6 at the Cox Pavilion practice gym on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas. The mini-camp will be used to identify athletes for the 2013-16 USA National Team pool.
Training camp will commence at 10 a.m. (PDT) on Oct. 4-5 and 9:30 a.m. (PDT) on Oct. 6.
Athletes and court coaches who will be participating in the mini-camp will be announced at a later date.
"Iím really looking forward to kicking off the next four years with this training camp in Las Vegas,Ē said 2013-16 USA National Team and University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma. ďItís going to give me a great opportunity to see some of the younger guys and how they fit into my system, as well as working with our veterans again. Itís been just over a year, but I canít wait to start the process of trying to figure out how we can mesh all of our talent together and get ready for next yearís World Championship.Ē
The successful USA National Team program, which has won five-straight Olympic gold medals, three of four FIBA World Championship gold medals and has been ranked No. 1 in the world since FIBA launched its points ranking system after the 2002 World Championship, will compete in the 2014 FIBA World Championship (Sept. 27 - Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey), and if the USA qualifies, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (Aug. 5 - 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), as well as additional USA training camps and exhibition games.
Members of the USA Basketball Womenís National Team Player Selection Committee, which will select the USA National Team pool, include USA Basketball Womenís National Team Director Carol Callan; WNBA appointees Reneť Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, Dan Hughes, San Antonio Silver Stars Head Coach and General Manager, and Chris Sienko, Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager; and three-time Olympic and two-time FIBA World Championship gold medalist Katie Smith, who played in close to 200 games for USA Basketball from 1993-2008, and serves as the athlete representative.
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 womenís 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 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.
Already qualified for eight of the 16 World Championship slots are host Turkey, which also claimed bronze in the 2013 FIBA Europe Championship; the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games; 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; and eight additional teams to be determined through the remaining three FIBA zone qualifying tournaments in 2013 as follows: FIBA Africa (gold and silver medalists), FIBA Americas (gold, silver and bronze medalists) and FIBA Asia (gold, silver and bronze medalists).
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 Oct. 5.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for menís and womenís basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. 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 competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
During the 2009-12 quadrennium, 1,273 men and women players and 235 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball teams and trials, and USA Basketball 3x3 FIBA championships.
USA Basketball menís and womenís teams between 2009-12 compiled an impressive 264-35 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the Pan American Games, the World University Games, the Nike Hoop Summit and in exhibition games.
USA teams are the current menís and womenís champions in the Olympics; menís and womenís FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); menís and womenís FIBA U19 World Championship; menís and womenís FIBA U17 World Championships; menís and womenís U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; and FIBA 3x3 Womenís World Championship and FIBA 3x3 Womenís U18 World Championship.† USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBAís world ranking categories, including combined, menís, womenís, boys and girls.† USA Basketball also currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBAís world ranking categories, including combined, menís, womenís, boys and girls.