2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

2014 FIBA World Championship -- Just the Facts

OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2014 FIBA World Championship

OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2014 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team

EVENT SITES: Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey

EVENT BASKETBALL VENUES: Ankara: Ankara Arena (preliminary round, capacity of 10,400) || Istanbul: Abdi Ipekci Arena (preliminary round, capacity of 12,270) & Istanbul Sports Arena (medal round, capacity of 13,800)

OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: FIBA.com/Turkey2014

COMPETITION DATES: Sept. 27-Oct. 5, 2014

DRAW TO DETERMINE PRELIMINARY ROUND POOLS: March 15, 2014

QUALIFIED NATIONS (16): 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; Japan (gold medalist), South Korea (silver medalist) and China (bronze medalist); 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.

COUNTRIES QUALIFIED FOR THE 2014 FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

    • Host Country: Turkey
    • Olympic Champion: United States
    • FIBA Africa:Angola and Mozambique
    • FIBA Americas:Brazil, Cuba and Canada
    • FIBA Asia: China, Japan and South Korea
    • FIBA Europe: Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Serbia and Spain
    • FIBA Oceania: Australia

EVENT HISTORY: The FIBA World Championship for Women 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 World Championship crown as the USA went on to capture four of the next five World Championships (1986, 1990, 1998, 2002). 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 the top spot 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. rolled through its competition by an average margin of victory of 35.1 points a game. In fact, the closest game was against then-defending world champion Australia, 83-75, in preliminary play.

USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYERS OF NOTE: Jennifer Azzi (1990, 1994, 1998), Sue Bird (2002, 2006, 2010), Ruthie Bolton (1994, 1998), Tamika Catchings (2002, 2006, 2010), Cynthia Cooper (1986, 1990), Alberta Cox (1957, 1964), Denise Curry (1979, 1983), Anne Donovan (1983, 1986), Teresa Edwards (1986, 1990, 1994), Jennifer Gillom (1986, 2002), Rita Horky (1964, 1967), Lisa Leslie (1994, 1998, 2002-MVP), Nancy Lieberman (1975, 1979), Katrina McClain (1986, 1990, 1994), Ann Meyers Drysdale (1975, 1979), Cheryl Miller (1983, 1986), DeLisha Milton-Jones (1998, 2002, 2006), Cherri Rapp (1971, 1975), Norma Rowland (1957, 1967), Barbara Ann Sipes (1957, 1967), Katie Smith (1998, 2002, 2006), Dawn Staley (1994, 1998, 2002), Sheryl Swoopes (1994, 2002, 2006), Diana Taurasi (2006, 2010), Katherine Washington (1953, 1957), Natalie Williams (1998, 2002), Kara Wolters (1994, 1998), Lynette Woodard (1983, 1990).

USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM HISTORY