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FIFTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN - 2006

FIFTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2006

Barueri and Sao Paulo, Brazil - September 12 - 23, 2006


The 2006 USA Women's Senior National Team, for the second time in over a decade playing without the full complement of it's 'Big Three' of Lisa Leslie (withdrawal), Dawn Staley (coaching) and Sheryl Swoopes (hampered by injuries), proved that there are newcomers ready to rise up for the red, white and blue, including Sue Bird, Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi, who picked up the torch for the United States and will keep it burning well into the future.

2006 World Championship Team
2006 USA Women's World Championship Team


2006 USA RESULTS (8-1)
USA 119 China 72
USA 79 Nigeria 46
USA 90 Russia 80
USA 90 Cuba 50
USA 76 France 41
USA 63 Czech Repulbic 50

FINAL ROUND

USA 90 Spain 56
Russia 75 USA 68
USA 99 Brazil 59

2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Australia (9-0) 9. Argentina (5-3)
2. Russia (5-4) 10. Canada (2-6)
3. USA (8-1) 11. Cuba (3-5)
4. Brazil (5-4) 12. China (3-5)
5. France (5-4) 13. S. Korea (2-3)
6. Lithuania (4-5) 14. Taiwan (1-4)
7. Czech Rep. (5-4) 15. Senegal (1-4)
8. Spain (4-5) 16. Nigeria (0-5)

That's the way it's been for USA Basketball through the past 30-plus years. Young players learn from the veterans, then pass along their knowledge and passion to a new generation. Lisa, Dawn and Sheryl didn't just step out of nowhere and into the international spotlight, they grabbed the torch from vets Teresa Edwards and Katrina McClain-Johnson who, in turn, learned from other past leaders of the game. And the new trio of Bird, Parker and Taurasi have emerged as three of the latest bright spots in a long line of USA Basketball standouts.

Bird and Taurasi, earned top honors at the end of the tournament as the top playmaker and 3-point shooter, respectively. Bird dished out a high of 41 assists and Taurasi netted 25-of-50 3-pointers over the nine games.

Newcomer Parker proved that the world needs to watch out for strong U.S. players coming up through the ranks. Not only was she the team's third leading scorer (12.8 ppg.), Parker surpassed the USA's World Championship record for blocked shots in a single competition after swatting 14 in nine games. Three-time Olympian Katrina McClain-Johnson held the previous record with 11 in 1990.

Taurasi's 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point in the bronze medal game set the new single-game record for made 3-pointers and tied the record for attempts, while Tina Thompson tied five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards' record for 3-point field goal percentage after making a perfect 4-of-4 against Russia in the preliminary round. As a team, the squad's 119-point output against China in the opener eclipsed the former record of 109 points in a single game.

So it was not what they came for, but the members of the 2006 USA squad picked themselves back up after a disappointing loss to Russia in the semifinals for a 99-59 dominating victory over Brazil in the bronze medal game in Sao Paulo. Australia won its first World Championship gold medal by defeating Russia 91-74 in the final contest.

The USA, which held three separate training camps in the spring that saw 26 athletes participate, was left to defend its title after the late withdrawals for personal reasons of a pair of prominent post players in three-time Olympic and two-time World Championship gold medalist Leslie and two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith.

Additionally, the final 12-member squad never practiced together as a full unit as Cheryl Ford, who previously played just three games internationally for the USA Senior National Team in 2004, and Katie Smith arrived in Brazil on Sept. 12, the day of the first game, after helping the Detroit Shock to the WNBA title on Sept. 9. Further, three-time Olympic gold medalist and 2002 World Championship gold medalist Swoopes never fully recovered from back spasms that kept her out of over a week of training prior to the Worlds.

In all, over the three spring camps and the 2006 FIBA World Championship the United States posted a 19-2 record (.905 winning percentage), came home from Brazil with the bronze medal and earned the Australia-hosted 2006 Opals World Challenge title last April.

The United States now owns an 88-21 all-time record in World Championship play and has won a record seven golds, as well as one silver and two bronze medals in 14 Worlds dating back to the first World Championship in 1953.

For three-time Olympic gold medalist Swoopes, who won a bronze at the 1994 Worlds, a gold in 2002 and is hoping to return in 2008, the bronze medal game against Brazil was her final World Championship contest.

Four-time U.S. Olympic Team member Anne Donovan, head coach of the Seattle Storm, is serving as the USA's head coach through 2008 and was assisted at the 2006 FIBA World Championship by 2006 WNBA Coach of the Year Mike Thibault of the Connecticut Sun and collegiate head coaches Gail Goestenkors of Dule University and Temple University's Staley.

In addition to Bird, Ford, Parker, Smith, Swoopes, Taurasi and Thompson, the U.S. team included Seimone Augustus, Alana Beard, Tamika Catchings, DeLisha Milton-Jones and Michelle Snow.

Opening on Sept. 12 with a 119-72 rout of China in a game that was never in doubt, the USA was led by Bird's 20 points, while Thompson and Taurasi each poured in 17 as everyone scored and five players were in double digits. Outscoring Nigeria 25-4 in the opening stanza on Sept. 13, the United States went on to record a 70-46 victory behind a balanced attack led by Milton-Jones' 13 points. In its first real test, the U.S. upended Russia 90-80 to close out preliminary round play. This time it was Thompson's turn to lead the charge with 19 points, while Parker contributed 17.

Advancing to the second round, the USA got 16 points and nine rebounds from Parker ina 90-50 rout of Cuba on Sept. 16. The following day the squad finished off France 76-41 as Taurasi's 15 points led the United States' balanced scoring. Holding a 31-28 halftime lead over the Czech Republic, the U.S. blew the game open in the third quarter (18-10) and went on to record the 63-50 victory. Four members of the team scored in double digits as Parker and Thompson's 14 points apiece led the charge.

Meeting up with Lithuania in the medal quarterfinals on Sept. 20, the USA led the Baltic State 27-26 after the first period, but outscored Lithuania 21-6 and 21-5 in the second and third periods, respectively, and cruised in for the 90-56 victory. Parker's 18 points paced all scorers and Thompson added 15.

The U.S. fell behind early, 25-13 after the first quarter, and never fully recovered in the Sept. 21 semifinal game against Russia and dropped its first major international game in 12 years, 75-68. Taurasi scored 21 points, Thompson had 15 and Parker came off the bench for 13, but it was not enough to stop the Russians.

Rebounding in the bronze medal game two days later, the United States proved it was still one of the world's top teams as it ran out to a 49-34 halftime lead, then overpowered the hosts and quieted the crowd with a 34-11 show in the third quarter, and finished the tournament on a high note. The 99-59 bronze medal victory saw every team member score for the fifth time in nine games as Taurasi's 28 points in 16 minutes wowed the spectators and paced the U.S. in the win.

 

2006 USA Women's World Championship Roster
NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
TEAM/ COLLEGE HOMETOWN
Seimone Augustus
F
6-1
170
22
Minnesota Lynx
LSU
Baton Rouge, LA
Alana Beard
G
5-11
160
24
Washington Mystics
Duke
Shreveport, LA
Sue Bird
G
5-9
150
25
Seattle Storm
Connecticut
Syosset, NY
Tamika Catchings
F
6-0
166
27
Indiana Fever
Tennessee
Duncanville, TX
Cheryl Ford
G
6-3
191
25
Detroit Shock
Louisiana Tech
Horner, LA
DeLisha Milton-Jones
F
6-1
185
32
Washington Mystics
Florida
Riceboro, GA
Candace Parker
F/C/G
6-4
172
20
N/A
Tennessee
Naperville, IL
Katie Smith
G
5-11
181
32
Detroit Shock
Ohio State
Logan, OH
Michelle Snow
C
6-5
158
26
Houston Comets
Tennessee
Pensacola, FL
Sheryl Swoopes
F
6-0
145
35
Houston Comets
Texas Tech
Brownfield, TX
Tina Thompson
F
6-2
178
31
Houston Comets
Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Diana Taurasi
G/F
6-0
170
24
Phoenix Mercury
Connecticut
Chino, CA

Head Coach: Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm

Assistant Coach: Gail Goestenkors, Duke University (N.C.)
Assistant Coach: Dawn Staley, Temple University (Pa.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Thibault, Connecticut Sun
Team Physician: Dave Walden, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, U.S. Olympic Committee (Colo.)


2006 USA Women's World Championship Team Cumulative Statistics
PLAYER G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
A
BK
ST
Thompson 9/9
52-106
.491
13-28
.464
13-15
.867
52/ 5.8
130/ 14.4
3
1
5
Taurasi 9/9
48-96
.500
25-50
.500
8-15
.533
28/ 3.1
129/ 14.3
20
3
4
Parker 9/0
42-72
.583
0-0
.000
31-47
.660
55/ 6.1
115/ 12.8
11
14
8
Bird 9/9
27-56
.482
10-20
.500
5-8
.625
13/ 1.4
69/ 7.7
41
1
12
Milton-Jones 9/9
25-65
.385
0-9
.000
18-22
.818
44/ 4.9
68/ 7.6
6
0
7
Catchings 9/9
20-46
.435
3-11
.273
20-27
.741
62/ 6.9
63/ 7.0
13
3
18
Augustus 8/0
16-31
.516
0-3
.000
6-7
.857
8/ 1.0
38/ 4.8
3
1
3
Smith 9/0
14-33
.424
8-21
.381
5-7
.714
14/ 1.6
41/ 4.6
9
0
6
Ford 8/0
14-30
.467
0-0
.000
7-12
.583
29/ 3.6
35/ 4.4
2
0
2
Beard 9/0
15-35
.429
1-9
.111
3-6
.500
14/ 1.6
34/ 3.8
9
4
12
Swoopes 9/0
11-20
.550
5-10
.500
0-0
.000
26/ 2.9
27/ 3.0
16
1
6
Snow 9/0
10-20
.500
0-0
.000
5-6
.833
33/ 3.7
25/ 2.8
7
6
5
USA 9
294-610
.482
65-161
.404
121-172
.703
378/ 42.0
774/ 86.0
140
34
88
OPP. 9
185-565
.327
44-164
.268
115-175
.657
259/ 28.8
529/ 58.8
82
19
70